Conclusion: I am sure The Avengers has its fans, and they will acquire this disc regardless of a reviewer's opinion. For anyone else, the film has a certain train-wreck fascination, but even that wears off quickly. Save your money. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Well, here it is, folks: a review that may well be the most pointless exercise of my short-lived journalistic career. Sure, there are films you don’t feel particularly compelled to totally recount in your reviews (my recent “ET” review was just such an instance), but in the case of “The Avengers”, the question “what’s the point?” simply can’t help but be raised.
Excerpt: Despite appearing to have died at the end of Thor the God of Thunder’s treacherous brother Loki ( Tom Hiddleston ) has arrived on Earth from exile somewhere in the galaxy to steal the Tesseract, a cosmic weapon capable of unleashing an awesome and destructive power if fallen into the wrong hands, from the possession of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Excerpt: In the movie Thor we saw Loki fall to his supposed death in the infinite abyss but he managed to survive and teams up with an alien race called Chitauri who enlist him to get their hands on the Tesseract, a powerful energy source that Captain America in World War 2 managed to capture from the Nazis before crashing into the ocean. S.H.I.E.L.D.
Excerpt: The Film Many superhero films make the fatal mistake of including everyone and everything but the kitchen sink. And they do it because more is better, right? More characters, more action, more scale - more must be the answer! With comic books offering such a long and rich history, it's easy to see why this misstep happens. With so many popular storylines and so many fan favorite characters to choose from, it's hard to settle on just one. So they don't.
Excerpt: Avengers is everything, everything the summer blockbuster should be. It’s genesis spans decades, not just in the sense of Marvel comics, but in Hollywood itself. Star Wars created the idea, Avengers brings it into the modern cinematic fold. It’s not stupid, almost in the sense that it’s a two and a half hour middle finger directly pointing towards Michael Bay.
Conclusion: The Avengers is a near-perfect "summer blockbuster", a film which weaves together a glut of previously introduced characters (and storylines) about as effortlessly as possible, while bringing a new face or two into the mix. Rousing without ever seeming manic, and wonderfully funny a lot of the time, The Avengers easily establishes Whedon as one of the most formidable writing-directing talents of his generation.
REVIEW: The Avengers Takes a Bunch of Beloved Superheroes and Builds Big Set Pieces Around Them. Is It Enough?
12 June 2012
Excerpt: The Avengers is less a movie than a novelization of itself, an oversized, self-aware picture designed mostly for effect: That of reliving the experience of a movie you’ve seen before and just can’t get enough of. The picture is broken down into narrative chunks that ultimately don’t tell much of a story – what you get instead is a series of mini-climaxes held together by banter between characters.