Let’s all say hello to Laura, our latest writer here at FTN. This is her first piece for us and it basically tells how, as a life-long DC fan, The Avengers turned her world upside down…
Why “The Avengers” is pretty much the perfect Superhero Movie
First of all, I’m not what you call an avid Marvel reader. In fact, I have never followed a complete storyline or series continuously, neither do I own trades. I read some Deadpool, I skipped through some X-Men, Iron Man, and Spider-man, but nowhere near the average fan level (I was always a Batman/Hellboy fanatic, which hasn’t changed since I was little).
My attention had been drawn to Marvel movies ever since the first Iron Man came out – I absolutely loved it, it was spot on, funny, cynical, just a great mix of comical entertainment without giving it too much the shape of good vs. evil or trying to search one’s own soul for the sole purpose of being able to deal with one’s superpowers and use them for heroic deeds. With Iron Man 2, and yet another great Downey Jr. performance, I was sucked in, and re-watched the Spider-man and Hulk movies – only to shrug them off and quickly forget about them.
But when I watched Thor, I suddenly became a fan. The concept for this movie is so simple and the plot, how could it be any different, far from surprising, yet one character was being delivered so perfectly, he didn’t just vanish after the movie. He stayed.
It was of course Loki, the God of mischief and Thor’s brother, played by Tom Hiddleston with such an intensity, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. From that day on I waited for The Avengers to come out, and after Captain America, I was counting the days.
Now I watched a couple of trailers, but didn’t read the synopsis, so when I went to my local cinema I wasn’t prepared for the mind-blowing show that would follow.
In short: I loved it. I absolutely loved this film.
Whedon could have gone a lot of different paths, but somehow he managed to brilliantly find a balance between the repartee of Stark without overdoing it, while Thor and Rogers have equally cunning dialogues that don’t reduce them to stereotypes. The overall remaining concinnity of The Avengers, including the so far best Bruce Banner portrayal by Mark Ruffalo, who delivers his lines ingeniously calm while not appearing shy and holding back. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is fights and talks as cold as a Russian winter, nailing her emotional distance from the other Avengers, while not ignoring her spark for Hawkeye, who, played by Jeremy Renner as the only badass without superpowers, is a great addition to the team, showing off skill without many lines.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki though remains outstanding, a true psychopath hiding behind charming features (as a very Silence of the Lambs like scene with Black Widow portrays) with an ego as big as Asgard. Hiddleston manages to overwhelm with his performance once again, clearly the (secret?) star of the film as he manages to unite wit, lunacy and pure evil as slick as his appearance, creating a consistent tension that only builds up to the finale.
Not only would I recommend this movie for basically any comic fan, but simply for anyone who loves a perfect mix of action, suspense and yes, actually well-timed dialogue. In addition to the impressive cast, there are incredible effects and costumes to feast one’s eyes on, plus a score that doesn’t drown, but underlines the dark tone of the film – just as it should be.
With all that in mind, the continuing plot in the Marvel film universe ( including one hilarious cutscene for the US audience) fits unblemished into the series, abiding as the showpiece superhero movie ever since the hype began.
“The Avengers” has turned me into a Marvel fan (my first trades are on the way as I write), has left me gaping and fangushing over the sheer awesomeness that is this movie.
Now two weeks have passed, and I’m looking forward to a third screening next Wednesday – which won’t be my last.
Thank you, Joss Whedon, for creating a movie that is simply epic in every way – and if you guys haven’t watched it yet, I recommend you do it now. You won’t be disappointed.