Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Super Smash Bros!
You know that rewarding feeling of smaller things leading up to a bigger thing? That may not be the best way to put it, but of course you do. For what seems to be the first time in film history, numerous films were made with the intent to mash them all together in one of the biggest crossover film of 2012, let alone of all time. The Avengers was one of the most anticipated films from 2008-2012 after the idea was presented in Iron Man. The film was so successful that the sequel is just as anticipated. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, let’s begin with Whedon’s The Avengers.
So we begin our tale back with the Tesseract, which was collected by Howard Stark by the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. It was currently being diagnosed by S.H.I.E.L.D., headed by lead scientist, Dr. Erik Selvig (Thor). When the Tesseract suddenly stops behaving as it should, it is found out that this thing is acting as a doorway, to which Loki pops out wreaking even more havoc than he did in Thor. Loki brainwashes Hawkeye and Selvig and leaves Nick Fury to die. Calling all Avengers! That means you, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow. It’s time to find Loki, and stop this madness. He plans to open a gateway for some evil aliens to take over. Well not if the Avengers have anything to say about it! That is…if they can’t stop fighting each other first.
So. You know that old Nintendo 64 game that was such a classic hit? What was that called again? Oh, yes, “Super Smash Bros.”. This film reminded me of that game in so many different ways. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the video game, it brings together all of your beloved Nintendo game characters and allows you to battle each other to find the lone victor…the best character of all time, if you will. A good portion of this film deals with the Avengers, in different pairings, battling each other after clashing on morals and beliefs. People may not like that. I…loved it and found it hilarious, and exactly what you would expect out of Joss Whedon. That boy sure does love his superheroes.
Any chance that Whedon got in his old TV shows, he would make a shout out to The Avengers. We’re talking almost twenty years ago, folks. Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, they all made references, however subtle, to the Avengers. That proves to me that the man knows his comics and loves the characters. He was the right man for the job. If any of you are familiar with the way that he does his job, you know his unique humor, which also shines in this film. It keeps the film light while still being a decently serious film.
Now, I don’t think the movie is perfect, because there are certain things here and there that I would have liked to see happen. So even though it’s by a very small margin, I was disappointed. I would have rather seen Hawkeye more than was given. I would have preferred Edward Norton reprise his Hulk role. I would have preferred to see even more of Nick Fury than what was given. Finally, I just saw Thor, and I would have really preferred a different main villain. I’m not as much of a huge fan as everyone else seems to be about Loki. He’s okay…that’s all I can really say about him, though.
As for the Hulk. We’re getting a bit tired of seeing the actor change every single time. That being said, I think Mark Ruffalo did a fine job as banner, in fact, I believed he held the scientist “look and feel” a bit more than Norton actually did. However…I wasn’t as fond as the look of the Hulk. To me, I feel as if they stepped back in visual appearance, made him a lighter tone, and focused a lot on making the creature look like the actor. I still don’t think anything beats the way Norton’s Hulk looked…that was incredible. This was a bit more cartoony, but because he is with the rest of the gang…that works. He’s hilarious and fits right in. Don’t get me wrong. I liked the Hulk in this film, but it contradicts The Incredible Hulk almost completely. The only part that matched was 1. Where he was in the beginning of the film, and 2. His “secret” of keeping the beast away.
For such a big-budgeted blockbuster, the CGI in a few select and minor scenes could have been better. The first scene that comes to mind is the first shot you see Iron Man in underwater. I saw that in theater and I just saw it on Blu-Ray now, it doesn’t look as sharp and expertly animated as say…it would in his own feature. Like I said though, these were minor scenes and hardly affect how you feel about the film as a whole.
I will say that I was glad, even if it wasn’t for long, to see Captain America lead the team. It finally made sense. Nick Fury stayed behind and led the Avengers to a certain place, where Captain America would then lead the Avengers. It was perfect harmony.
The Avengers is quite a lengthy film, but the nonstop level of interchanging action and humor is enough to keep you preoccupied and satisfied until the last credit rolls.