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Synopsis:

Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. Written by WellardRockardIMDb


Director: Joss Whedon

Production Company/ies: Marvel Studios

Main Characters:

Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark
Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers
Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk/Bruce Banner
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Clinton Barton
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comics Superheroes

Release Dates: 25 April 2012 (Philippines); 04 May 2012 (US)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts:

This is yet again another of my most-awaited films of 2012 (together with The Hunger Games, The Bourne Legacy, Sadako 3D, Ouran High School Host Club Movie and Rurouni Kenshin). Yes, the last three are movies in Japan which I’m sure won’t be released in any Philippine cinema.

Just as expected, the film did not disappoint. 😀

I am no nerd or geek or fanatic but I’ve seen the latest Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor and Captain America which made me enjoy the sort of ‘continuity’ of the films. It’s refreshing to watch the superheroes exist under one studio universe (Marvel Studios/Disney) instead of watching different interpretations of the superheroes’ stories from one comic universe because different production teams handled them. This setup actually made it easier for non-geeks like me to understand their world. 🙂

Anyway, let me comment on how my family got to watch this film. The day after the opening (April 26, Thursday), I pestered everyone to go watch The Avengers asap. So we went to the mall thinking that since it’s a weekday, the lines wouldn’t be too long compared to the weekend screenings. Turned out, people can’t wait for the weekend to see the movie and so everyone flocked to the ticket counters not to get the best seats but to get a seat. Period.

There were five cinemas in all and my sisters and I had to joke about the fact that the only cinema where The Lucky One was being shown had seats reserved by twos–with only a total of eight seats occupied by the time we got our tickets. We ended up having to wait for four hours because we had no choice but watch the movie during the day’s last full show (we practically skipped one screening because the last seat had been reserved long before we even got to talk with the ticket lady).

Now, on with the film.

The story, as was revealed long ago, had Loki as villain and I really think he was able to pull off his omnipotence over six superheroes what with his creepy smiles and sharp eyes.

I am not particularly sure if watching The Avengers without watching Thor would work well in understanding Loki’s villainy but I think if the viewer would listen very well with the dialogue, there won’t be a problem. I know there are viewers who sometimes don’t listen and just rely on what they see and what they actually hear, then stitch those two together and that’s how they would understand the entire movie. My sister commented that there were parts that she thought was a bit boring because of too much dialogues, and that’s how I realized that she didn’t particularly like listening to the characters’ long conversations.

It was, however, in dialogues where a lot of the film’s humor came from. I applaud the scriptwriters for that because honestly, I would label this film a comedy if not for all the badass action scenes.

I love Tony Stark/Iron Man, as usual and now, I’m pretty sure I adore Bruce Banner/The Hulk as well. This two might as well be best friends. They brought the most laughter and the most heart-stopping parts of the movie so always keep your eyes open when these two are in the scene. 🙂

Thor and Captain America were their usual eye-candy selves and you just gotta drool over them at least once during the entire film. Haha! I got a bit impatient waiting for Thor to appear, though. Black Widow, as expected, remained true to her form as a spy but I didn’t quite expect that she has some deeper connection with Hawkeye (and that could be attributed to the fact that I’m no geek and there wasn’t any recent movies about these two).

I definitely wish there was more exposure for Hawkeye, though. Among the six Avengers, I feel that his character has the least depth and development in the film (except from being under Loki’s spell and then going back to his agent self). I actually like Jeremy Renner so it was quite disappointing not to see him as kickass as the others. 😦

I also love how the group was formed–or shall I say, how the teamwork of the group was formed. I must admit, when Thor, Capt. America and Iron Man were  getting ready to battle it out, I had a difficult time deciding who to cheer on. I eventually settled with the Cap ’cause he’s quite the most reasonable. 😛 Their personalities clash a lot so when the twist *winks* to the story came, it felt heartwarming to see them all working as a group.

All in all, I think everyone would enjoy this movie (falling in line was worth it) and I definitely would want to watch this again. 😀

P.S.

I’m sure everyone has heard of this but let me remind you not to leave the cinema immediately. There’s a preview scene for the next Avengers/Marvel Studios movie. It occurs before the end credits (the one that has a black background and the list of all the cast, staff and crew).

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