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The Avengers (2012)

Action / Fantasy | 143 minutes

Genre: Action / Fantasy

Duration: 143 minuten

Alternative title: Marvel's The Avengers

Country: United States

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Evans

IMDb score: 8,0 (1.406.476)

Releasedate: 25 April 2012

The Avengers plot

"Some assembly required."

The Avengers are an extraordinary team of superheroes. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global security, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping force SHIELD, needs a team to save the world from destruction. This team consists of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans).

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avatar van N00dles


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Well, the large cast makes the first Avengers movie more fun than any of the origin movies so far, but it's still a weird mix of alien demigods (Thor/Loki), people of the past (Capt. America) and modern-day heroes (Tony Stark/Bruce Banner/Black Widow) who also all have their quirks. Sometimes the chemistry is there, but sometimes it doesn't work in terms of humor and dialogues.

I've long wondered what made the Avengers series (and all the Marvel movies around it) so popular, and actually expected it to have a little more tongue-in-cheek humor in it. I found that a bit disappointing. There is some self-mockery in it, but that is mainly due to the cheeky Tony Stark. The other Avengers have little humor, with Captain America as a humorless low. In any case, the film even takes itself a bit too seriously, especially when it comes to the hassle with that Tesseract.

Then there's the bad guy, Loki (from Thor) who makes his appearance again. He is charismatic and is played well by Tom Hiddleston. I still find him the most interesting as a character (such as his jealousy towards Thor), but it is barely developed further.
Unfortunately, the final battle is quite a long one with all those monsters approaching Manhattan through an interdimensional portal. They serve as a simple cannon fodder for the Avengers to show as much spectacle and battle sequences as possible, while I would have preferred a more intimate fight in which Loki is central.

I don't want to know how much money went into all the special effects, because it's all beautifully done. In terms of content, it is all a lot of nonsense, with a lot of pseudo-scientific gibberish and fuss. At 2.5 hours, it is also more than half an hour too long. I wonder if the sequels will blow me away.

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avatar van Ste*


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It's good that I first watched all origin stories (albeit sometimes with reluctance), because otherwise I probably wouldn't have cared (at all).

Well, it's mostly as I expected it to be; much, busy and (too) long. And at the same time it's nice that they're all together now. The mutual dynamics of the characters naturally give the film a lot of new possibilities. Still, just like I found in his own movies, Iron Man is by far the nicest character when it comes to the right tone. The rest is just way too serious for my taste, and luckily Tony Stark makes fun of that every now and then ('Shakespeare in the park').

Mark Ruffalo is well cast and does his role surprisingly well and I also think Loki is one of the nicer characters, by the way purely based on appearance and villain charisma, because that other dimension thing remains quite an annoying element.

Of course everything is beautifully made and spectacular to see, but that final fight goes on for way too long, man man man, I've had it 3 times already.

Not a bad movie (especially as far as production and effects are concerned, the plot doesn't really interest me) and with so many characters and playing time there is certainly enough entertaining, but it will never quite be my thing.

I actually think the after-credits scene is the most fun of all, it's much better if these kinds of movies aren't too serious.

modest 3.5*

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avatar van mrklm


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“The tesseract has awakened” on Earth and the Chitauri follow their 'leader' Loki [Tom Hiddleston] to Earth in order to claim this unlimited source of energy. Loki hypnotizes Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner], who becomes a major obstacle for the Avengers, who obviously want to prevent Loki from using the Tesseract for his evil purposes. Whedon succeeds wonderfully in giving the many characters enough space to become more than an extra. The subplot with David Banner [Mark Ruffalo] and Natasha Romanoff [Scarlett Johansson] is especially interesting. It's a shame that the finale is just an excuse to destroy a city in spectacular fashion (with excellent special effects). Original is different, for that matter. Next: Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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