'Marvel's The Avengers' Review By Chad Langen

Whedon's execution is nearly flawless. He's brought to life one of the coolest superhero movies I've ever seen
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
'The Avengers' is the long-awaited superhero mash-up from Joss Whedon who recently won over both fans and critics alike with the innovative horror flick 'The Cabin In The Woods'. The flick, which opened in various international markets a week prior to premiering in the U.S., is already breaking box-office records and should continue to do so in the weeks to come.

'The Avengers' is a direct sequel to several recent Marvel pictures including 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and 'Thor'. The film begins with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) returning to Earth and stealing the Tesseract, an alien source of energy from the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency. Finding himself cornered, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) decides to assemble a team of extraordinary people consisting of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in an attempt to foil Loki's diabolical plan.

The action operates on a large scale here and no one character is given more focus than another. Whedon does a tremendous job balancing screen time between the characters and whether it's Iron Man or Black Widow, each character has about a ten minute scene to showcase their incredible abilities. All this leads up to one of the most action-packed third acts in superhero movie history.

The story, which could've easily been cheesy and completely over-the-top, is actually quite compelling at some points. Though a God of Thunder and a super-sized, green giant are far from realistic, their emotions are convincing and it's not hard to sympathize for them.

Special effects are either hit or miss when it comes to superhero movies. On one hand, you have The Hulk which was one of the worst looking genre flicks to ever hit the big screen. On the other hand, however, 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and 'Iron Man' had effects that were absolutely jaw-dropping. Fortunately, the effects in 'The Avengers' falls with the latter. They are breath-taking at times and sprinkled throughout the entire film.

There's a lot to like about 'The Avengers'. Many writers in the past have struggled to do what Joss Whedon makes looks so easy and that is to construct a motion picture where the focus is on a bundle of superheroes rather than the traditional two or three. Whedon's execution is nearly flawless. He's brought to life one of the coolest superhero movies I've ever seen and if it proves successful at the box-office, which it already has, it's safe to say there will be more 'Avengers' flicks to come.

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