We haven’t really talked much about Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, but in all fairness if you’ve missed its coming through this you’re probably not that big a fan, however, you should still go and see it, because it’s easily one of the best superhero films yet. Bringing together some of Marvel’s greatest characters and pitting them against Loki, Thor’s godlike half brother, and a host of would be alien invaders, the Avengers film is fast paced, visually stunning, packed with action and counterbalanced perfectly with wit.
Even the characters that on paper seemed a little less impressive in the build-up to the release of the movie put in a brilliant showing. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is smart, clever and adze-kickingly effective, Hawkeye turned out to be pretty cool in the end with Jeremy Renner adding the ice cold clout to bring the bowman to life, and Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury didn’t grate in the least, helping to weave together the threads of the plots into one unit.
One of the best new additions is that of Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk, giving the character some real style and subtle acting might. He has some of the best comedy moments as The Hulk, especially when he smashes Loki around like a rag doll, delivering the line, “puny god”, with ace comic timing.
Robert Downey Jr puts in the usual impeccable delivery as Tony Stark and Iron Man having had a few years to hone the character to perfection, and Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) is as bombastically action packed as he was in the first film. While Chris Evans’ Captain America is a bit wooden he does have one of the best scenes in film when Thor’s hammer strikes his shield. It’s literally epic and for all the comic book lovers, a dream come true.
The plot kicks off with the appearance of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) on earth thanks to the power of the Tesseract, a crazy alien power source with the potential to destroy the world, and the might of a frightening alien race at his beck and call. Getting Nick Fury a little hot under the collar, the talk of a war inspires him to bring together the power of the Avengers and so the mayhem begins.
The film builds to a brilliant battle scene ending with characters that you might have thought to have been played down by this time pulling off some of the best moves of the movie. It’s the kind of ending that some wished for with the release of Thor last year, but clearly the guys n girls at Marvel have been saving up and putting things together safe in the knowledge that it would all be unleashed on Avengers Assemble.
If you do go to watch it, you should definitely go for the 3D option, because it’s literally one of the best films for the format. Sitting fairly close and central to the screen would also be advisable too, because it’s the kind of film that is as much about the flawless CGI as it is about the super cool characters.
Whether you’re sci-fi and comic book hero geeks or not, the verdict is the same; Marvel’s Avengers Assemble is one of the year’s best must see films (honestly, the trailer doesn’t do it the justice it deserves). With the kind of morality that beats any religion hands down, Marvel has definitely struck it’s best chord in 2012.
Marvel Avengers Assemble film review: 5/5