Director: Joss Whedon
Writer: Joss Whedon (screenplay & story), Zak Penn (story)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgârd, Gwyneth Paltrow
Fancy, well-known names fill up the cast of Marvel’s latest action-hero movie The Avengers. Is this acclaimed piece really what was expected by so many?
The Avengers is the name of a team brought together by SHIELD’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The team consists of ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Cpt. America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). They must stop an alien race from invading our planet.
The plot should sound familiar to the Marvel fanatics out there. Saving or even avenging planet earth is typical for Hollywood as well. Anyhow, the question of creativity remains: how did Joss Whedon go about this huge project? With a huge and varied cast like this one, taking the time to present every character should be the number one priority.
While Mr Whedon focused too much on each character and how they fitted in the plot, the right thing to do was to rationalise their often stereotypical behaviours. Of course everybody knows these heroes will save the day at last, even if they have to deal with flying aliens in New York City. Rationalisation of the flat characters was needed to set The Avengers in a special category rather than place it with the ordinary Marvel Comics movies.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the average comic book reader. And it is totally justified that millions of fans find this turbo combi of heroes ‘an awesome deal’, because it has certainly some good points to it. For starters, I’d watch it for the great cast: the heroic combo. Also, the comedic oneliners, mainly by Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man character.
Cpt America: We need a plan of attack first!
Tony Stark / Iron Man: I have a plan. Attack.
You should definitely watch this movie, even if you read too many negatively toned reviews. The Avengers is a movie with tons of technical errors, but it radiates good vibes. It’s a solid blockbuster.