Avengers Assemble (12a)
Dir. Joss Whedon
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
Comic book fans the world over rejoice and behold the Avengers – the ultimate superhero team – finally unleashed on the big screen in an epic super-smackdown that sets a new standard for all superhero films.
The team is made up of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and their leader Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Samuel L. Jackson).
Marvel have been working hard to set up this heavy-duty hero-em-up with several main character films giving us the background on the characters and Avengers Assemble is the pay-off. The hype has been building, expectations are super high and several directors turned down the film citing it being too big a job to effectively bring all the characters to life in one film. But cometh the hour, cometh Joss ‘Serenity’ Whedon and he’s flippin hit a super-powered home run!
The world is under threat from baddie demigod Loki (Tom ‘War Horse’ Hiddleston) – you know he’s the god of mischief and half brother of Thor. It seems he has teamed up with alien race the Chitauri, nabbed a powerful energy source called the Tesseract and plans to conquer earth.
The big question is can our heroes learn to get along so that they can team up to battle the alien invaders, defeat Loki, wrestle back the Tesseract and save the world? There is much fun in watching to find out!
Avengers Assemble brings plenty of hero on hero pain which is a joy to see – Thor vs Iron Man is a particularly grin inducing fight. We film goers should count ourselves blessed that we live in an age where CGI special effects can really deliver the earth shaking effects of super powered beings beating the living daylights out of each other!?
Writer / Director Whedon also brings a great deal of heart and some superb comedy dialogue to the party too which really adds to the involvement. There are many laugh out loud scenes which help balance the super battling (which is absolutely awesome by the way).
Iron Man might get the best lines including: “Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.” But Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner / Hulk steals the movie and his brief one on one fight scene with Loki is an instant all time classic.
"ultimate super hero team up - oh yes!"
Avengers Assemble delivers everything you want it to - big time - and packs a dangerous amount of thrills. Multiple viewings recommended!!
Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
5 – Awesome fun and mucho tasty super action!
Awesomeness ööööö – you'll never forget some of these scenes!!
Laughs ööö – very amusing in many places
Horror ö – not too nasty at all
Babes ööööö – Scarlett Johansson is scorching hot!
Spiritual Enlightenment ööö – take one for the team!?
"not just a pretty face!"