The Avengers

May 5, 2012

I watched this last Saturday ..

The Avengers
"Some assembly required."

"When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye are brought together to stop Loki, the God of Mischief and Thor's brother, in his attempt to destroy Earth."


Nick Fury : [narrating] "And there came a day, a day unlike any other... when Earth's mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat... to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand... on that day, The Avengers were born."

The story centered on the powerful source of Tesseract that is stolen by the vicious God known as Loki. Nick Fury, as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D then recalls his old 'project' called The Avengers, when he collects all the world's mightiest heroes into a squad that assigned to take the Tesseract back to NASA's possession. With the help of his best agent, Natasha Romanoff whose alter-ego is Black Widow and Agent Phill Coulson, they collect all the heroes; Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America, Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man, Bruce Banner a.k.a Hulk, and surprisingly Thor that 'volunteered' himself to join the army, to battle his was-known-as brother. Along with S.H.I.E.L.D, the squad begins the journey to save the earth from Loki's alien army invasion and to take back the Tesseract. They help each other but also fight against their distrust towards each other, as they struggle to fight their real selves. Will they be succeeded?


High expectation paid out, that's my main reason to give The Avengers overrated stars. After wating for ages for this movie to be materialized, and after years watching the individual movie of each The Avengers's members (Iron Man I&II, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America), The Avengers left me stack of unforgettable memories inside my head. It was easy to guess, that this mega project of uniting Marvel's greatest superheroes into one army in a movie with so-called villain to be faced, was such a high anticipation. I would say myself, that I was very thrilled, moreover, I had booked the tickets a week before its premiere date. It was such an enlightment, it was like getting couple thousand bucks for joy. It was like waiting for a sibling to be born, the excitement and the curiosity, it was like a hunger that needed to be fulfilled. And the feeling after was just priceless. I guess that The Avengers had intoxicated me with its so-perfect-in-everything aspects. Flawless? Indeed it was and will always be ..

Steve Rogers : "What's the matter? You scared of lightning?"
Loki : "I'm not overly fond of what follows..."

One word for Joss Whedon, brilliant! He had done such an amazing work in this movie. He did everything perfectly, making The Avengers climbed into the top of the list. He had succeed to make the movie so believable, like it could sink us deep down nowhere but our wildest imaginations. He had succeeded to make us fell for the team and their stories. He had managed to make sure that we had that expression throughout the 142 minutes show. He succeed to make us gasped, thrilled, shocked, glazed, laughed, all in such ways that were overwhelming and overjoyed. And more importantly, he managed to make every heroes got the right portion in the movie, with no heroes actually stood up among others. He had succeed to make a one-by-one appearance of every heroes and made them got the balanced times to shine. He made everything turned out perfectly without being too much and that's why The Avengers lived.

Nick Fury : "We have no quarrel with your people."
Loki : "An ant has no quarrel with a boot."

The Avengers wes beautiful. The special effects were eyegasping, with the explosions, the superpowers, the intergalactic destructions, they were simply breathtakingly thrilling and enjoyable. Plus, with the technologies' improvements added (such as Stark's armor, Thor's Mjolnir hammer, the pads, Hawkeye's bows, Captain America's Shield, Romanoff's guns, and S.H.I.E.L.D's guns which made from the Tesseract) that bolstered up even more. The actions were thrilling and somewhat almighty and ofc, not too much, since they were all superheroes and that almost believable. The stunts were jawdropping; jumping around, smacking, smashing, firing, all of that. And showing rough actions in the beginning was a brilliant move, it was like getting punched after getting up from bed. And the climax was surprisingly long and enjoyable (not too easy to be ended or not too almighty, since their enemies were likely ETs), the plot was never bored, because it went with flow of excitements. It was more like opening presents in every minutes with every different suprises inside. Don't forget about how the mixture of the world of Iron Man's technologies, Thor's mystiques, and Captain America's oldschool.ness; it was make sense. I don't know how did they manage to put everything brilliantly, with every aspects from every heroes' origins worked well and cleared, not ridiculous or stupid. I guess the after story of every Heroes' individual movies did help, a lot (the story of how Captain America still lived and surprisingly not aged, and Tony Stark's life after Iron Man II, Thor's story after he 'accidentally' dumped Loki, Banner's life after being an intimidating-big-green beast and so on). Plus, the humours that presented. I could say, beside the jawdropping actions, the humours were the best part of the entire movies. I bursted to laugh by Stark's quirkiness, Hulk's strong yet dumbness, and else. The humours weren't cheesy or sarcastic, they were simply fresh and natural, and more to say, real. And also, the ideas of every heroes' struggles on finding themselves accepted by others or even sticked with their 'gifts' were priceless. They were somewhat stabbing right on the chest, right into the heart. It was .. idk, there. Last but not least, we wouldn't find some scrubby scenes or dialouges presented. They were all balanced, making a complete package of awesomeness.

Loki : "Your ledger is dripping, its gushing red, and you think saving a man no less virtuous than yourself will change anything? This is the basest sentimentality. This is a child at prayer- pathetic. You lie and kill in the service of liars and killers. You pretend to be separate, to have your own code, something that makes up for the horrors; but they are a part of you, and they will never go away."

The characters in The Avengers (not only the heroes, but also the sidekicks) were most likely awesome and daring. Everyone knew that there was no Nick Fury without Samuel L.Jackson. His statement of patched eye, the afro-american look, the brilliance and the smartness, the determined one, the greatest leader of all. I praised them, both the actor and the character. Then there was Thor, the almighty God of Asgard, the thunder God, with his glorious Mjolnir hammer, the loving and surprisingly human, the wise man. Come on, who didn't fall for Thor's intimidating persona and Chris Hermsworth's handsome face and hunky body?! And there was Captain America, the real leader, the most realistic one, the strongest man of all. His calmness and loyalty turned us to like him even more. And who could forget about Hawkeye?! The amazing archer, the one with tricks. He drove us crazy, the guy, Jeremy Renner. He had the charisma that would strike everything that comes into his way. And also agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow. I am sure that no sane human could resist her deadly charm. Her brilliance, her appeal, her abilities to persuade people, and ofc, her amazing fighting techniques seize it all. Scarlett Johansson is sexy and she definitely knows how to embrace it. But, there were only 3 characters that I found the true star of the movie. First was Bruce Banner a.k.a Hulk. Forget about Edward Norton, because Mark Ruffalo nailed the role better than him. Hulk's apperance was slightly change, better than he was in Incredible Hulk. He was somewhat more human, but still was deadly as ever. And he became incredibly funny, he was big and funny. Surely that every appearances of Hulk were memorable. Second was Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man. I adored his intelligence, his caring, and most of all, his quirkiness. I found him interesting, the center of everything. He was a true hero, despite his armor suit. He was the most memorable one, the daring one. Robert Downey Jr. did a great job portraying this character. He was lunatic, and should I say strange? But above all, he nailed everything. He made such an impressions, such an images, that were touching, powerful and hillarious. I'm sure that everyone won't take their eyes off of him. And last was Loki. One praise for Tom Hiddleston, WICKED! He portrayed Loki in such ways; vulnerable, vicious, intimidating, wicked, things like that. Loki's chracter was there, somewhat almighty but yet, weak. I found so much struggles in him that I felt sorry for. Loki was a villain but yet someone to be pitied for. And other characters like Agent Hill (portrayed by Coby Smulders, the HIMYM's Robin Scherbatsky, it was fun to see her being somewhat serious), Pepper Potts (portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow) and Agent Phill Coulson (portrayed by Clark Gregg) were good too. They left such an impression, every single of them.

Tony Stark : [to Loki] "You're missing the point. There's no throne. There's no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes and maybe it's too much for us, but it's all on you, because if we can't protect the earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it."

But, no matter how great a movie is, there will always be flaws. And The Avengers had some (two actually). First : the lack of mystique's sense of Loki's world. I just saw ET, not God. Loki was a God, a powerful one, but yet, he had done nothing about it but using Tesseract or some ET army to fight the battle for him. I couldn't feel the sense of Asgard or Frost Giants, or else. I just felt ET and that was it. It should be mystical, the one that couldn't be thought by a real sense. And ofc, Thor's was just about his almighty Mjolnir, nothing else. They both seemed ridiculous when it came for God VS God things. Second : the lack of explanations. I know that there should be no explanation about every single heroes, because they've made the prequels about them. But at least, they could use a little clue for people who haven't watched the prequels of the heroes or even read the comics so they could understand the storyline. My mom was watching this movie with me, and she had no idea who Captain America or Thor were, or even Loki. She only knew about Hulk (since he's so famous) and Iron Man (since she have watched Iron Man I and II with me). She kept questioning about who Hawkeye was, how come Loki was Thor's sibling, and so on.

Loki : "What have I to fear?"
Tony Stark : "The Avengers. That's what we call ourselves. Sort of like a team. Earth's mightiest heroes, type thing."

Overall, The Avengers is an amazing movie with every little aspects that conquer every sense into somewhat imaginative yet belieavable, a truly complete-packaged flawsome movie that mindblowing.

Loki : "You were made to be ruled."



ps : don't leave the studio just yet, because after the credits, they'll show 2 scenes of The Avenger's sequel (I missed this thing and I don't want you to feel as regretful as I do, k?), and for the 3D version, despite it's a 3D conversion, a lot of people said that the 3D wasn't that bad, so it's up to you then ..

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