By Sarah Chandler
A Norse demigod, a genetically-enhanced super soldier, two of the world’s most deadly assassins, a giant green monster and billionaire with a high-tech suit—pretty much the people you would want to have on your gym deck hockey team. Or a group who you’d want to watch save the world.
The Avengers is full of big names: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. With these interesting personalities, director and writer Joss Whedon blends the characters together to create a believable and fast-paced film that will win over even the biggest superhero fan.In fact, Whedon has done such a good job that Avengers eclipses all the superhero movies that preceded it, including two Iron Man movies, Thor, Captain America and Hulk. Everything that made these past movies great—from Downey’s witty back talk to Hemsworth’s incredulity at the strangeness of Earth—is incorporated into this film, and to an even better extent.
The visual effects and stunning action sequences combined with the snappy dialogue create a fantastic movie-watching experience. However, because The Avengers alludes to so many characters and events from all the other movies, it is helpful to have either seen or know about the past films. Although it is not integral, knowing the background of the six Avengers adds another layer to the already multi-dimensional film.
The movie welcomes some newcomers as well and expands on minor characters from the previous films. Ruffalo, who replaced Edward Norton as Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk), does a great job as the doctor at war with his two conflicting personalities. Johansson as Black Widow is refreshing, and it is enjoyable to learn more about her enigmatic character as well as that of her assassin counterpart, Hawkeye. Also, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, reprises his role as Thor’s brother, and his ruthlessness makes him a worthy opponent for the Avengers.
Spectacularly written, engrossing and action-packed, The Avengers is a movie that you should team up with your friends to see.