Movie Review: The Avengers

The Avengers

Release Date: 1 May 2012

Director: Joss Whedon

Running Time: 142 min

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo

Rated: PG (in Singapore)

I’m not a huge fan of superhero movies. In fact, I really only watched Thor because Chris Hemsworth has a god-like eight pack you can grate cheese on. So despite the hype, I didn’t expect to enjoy The Avengers very much, but I suppose it was entertaining enough to warrant this review. The Avengers was the right mix of drama and action, with just enough comedic moments to keep the movie from being too heavy. Also, +10 points for Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, who pulls off his snarky lines with perfect comedic pizzazz.

The basic storyline is a classic superhero-saves-the-day one, except this time, it’s a team of them. Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and his infamous eye patch gathers a team of super humans (consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow ) to fight the evil Norse god Loki – who also happens to be Thor’s brother (“He was adopted,” claims Thor).

Loki (played by British actor Tom Hiddleston), has been overshadowed (both literally and figuratively, seeing as how his spindly arms no match for Thor’s beefy biceps) by his older brother all his life. No surprise that he’s got a huge chip on his shoulder about it. Vengeful and determined to wreak havoc (as only a true villain would be), Loki has grand plans to take over Earth by holding an energy cube (called a tesseract, I learned) hostage. Fast forward past a few timely deaths and internal fights amongst the dream team (who all also happen to have really large egos), and hurrah the team of superheroes have saved the day (with nary a hair out of place, save for a few conveniently placed scratches).

Powerwalkin’ out of the office with some serious catwalk-worthy attitude. (Source:

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie was the question of how The Hulk (aka Bruce Banner) could so conveniently control his rage rampage at the optimum moments (i.e. when the planet is being attacked by a Norse god and his army of giant aliens). Hello? Was he not all ready to rip Scarlett Johanssen’s Black Widow apart, just moments before? Also, I’m assuming that he’s wearing really stretchy fat pants, seeing as how they miraculously stay on even as he morphs into the Hulk more than once throughout the movie.

Notice how The Hulk’s pants are so conveniently ripped at the right parts? Such modesty! (Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Despite the minor loopholes, The Avengers is an action-packed movie with state-of-the-art graphics and impressively realistic costumes. Comic fans will definitely enjoy the movie, which brings together the coolest of all the Marvel characters (guess Spiderman didn’t make the cut). Plot-wise, it would have probably made a lot more sense if I’d bothered to read up on the comics and/or watch Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk to get the backstory on some of the characters.

Also, how were there no shirtless scenes of Thor? This is a serious problem that must be rectified, I feel.

Rating: 3.5/5

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