Before the movie began I was pretty sure I’d have a nerdgasm given all the super hero mayhem that would be going on..and I did. I watched the movie twice just to be sure I was giving it a fair shake and I realized that while The Avengers, may be Earth’s Mightiest Hero’s – the movie probably just fell short of a perfect 10.
This big-budget blockbuster lives up to all the hype and sets the bar high for all future sci-fi fantasy action adventures. Much of the credit for the “Superhero Team-Up of a Lifetime” goes to director and co-writer Joss Whedon. Whedon, a comic book fan, adds energy, enthusiasm and style to a familiar blueprint dating back to the classic screen Westerns. The enlisted All-Star heroic champions are the costumed good guys sans the customary white hats. The boo-hiss villain clothed in black garments poses the threat to peace and tranquility.
The story picks up in a blurred timeline post ‘Thor’ the movie and ‘Captain America’s’ resurrection – either way, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s younger adopted brother, craves power and vengeance and plans to use the magical cube called the called the ‘Tessaract’ and harness it’s energy to open a portal in space from which an invading alien army can descend upon our planet.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), mostly seen thus far in the post credit scenes, who is the director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I. E. L.D., recruits a group of superheroes dubbed the Avengers-comprised of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)-to retrieve the Tesseract. Their ultimate mission is to battle Loki and a mysterious extraterrestrial force.
While the plot was clean and got me hooked, my only quip was the predictability and lack of surprises and twists – but hey! I’m not complaining. It truly was a comic book fans’ dream come true! Overall, I would think the movie is very well done, great cast, great-ish story line, eye candy visuals and Scarlet Johanson. For the most part of it, it looked like a Hulk and Iron Man team up. Probably, hero’s like Thor, Captain America and Hawkeye didn’t get as much screen time as I would have liked; but who knows how that would turn out. The only real complaint I had, was the long ride before jaws drop and the eyeball caressing spectacle of The Avengers clicks into high gear, but when it does the sight is something to behold, and more so in 3D.
In closing – Best super hero movie so far? – It’s right up there amongst the best. No doubt about it. I’d watch it a 100 times more just for the visual treat in the last 10 minutes…and also the fun one-liners but really, just go watch it already if you haven’t! and if you have..comment away!
Overall, we at The Game Druid give the movie: 9/10