by Joseph Tiberia
Often when people talk about comic book movies, they simply call them movies. The Avengers proves in the right hands, there is a thing called a comic book “film”.
The excitement for The Avengers film has been building up since Iron Man (2008) and with each Marvel film since. Whedon has skillfully put all these characters together and given them all individual time to shine but at the same time make this a superhero team as well.
Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans is Steve Rogers/Captain America and Chris Hemsworth is Thor, Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton/Hawkeye.
Whedon has a superb understanding of the true motivation behind the Hulk character, played by Mark Ruffalo. He is not just a monster that fights a lot or “Hulks out” but a character looking to solve the inner monster through dealing with it.
This is what separates the Banner/Hulk from being an average superhero; this is what the past films never got right. They were too busy trying to be like the 70’s TV show.
I implore all families to go see this film, young and old, although it might help if you’vewatched the other films or else you may be confused by the various characters.
The film lasts around 2.5 hours but an hour of the film is pure action. There are some amazing well-crafted fight sequences in the film and also some really beautiful touching scenes that will make you shed a tear.
Director Joss Whedon is of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly fame. Often many of his works were crushed due to non-commercial success or many people simply not understanding the very progressive material.
The Avengers holds the record at the box office for the highest grossing weekend with 200 million dollars! It blew open The Dark Knight’s record.
This is simply the film of the year, go out and see it and have a blast!
Review: A+ Rating: PG-13
Joseph S. Tiberia is a recent graduate of Adelphi University with a major in Video/Film Production. He has interned for Half Yard Production and NYC’s Face-Off comedy troupe. He specializes in cinematography freelance work. Joseph is also a movie reviewer for Totalfilmnerd.com. His favorite film of all time is A BitterSweet Life.