The Avengers. Okay, okay. Avengers Assemble. *shudder*
I'm starting to warm up a little to the name, purely for the reason that they do assemble (of course, but I knew that before seeing the movie). But still, for a movie title, The Avengers was much better. Avengers Assemble just sounds silly as a title in my opinion...
This is the first movie I have gone to see in the D-Box seats, and my God! They do not disappoint. Every twist and turn, you twist and turn with it. Every gunshot that is fired, you feel it. Every whir of the helicopter's blades, you feel - as if you are standing right there with it. And explosions, wow, you don't just get thrown back in your seat, the seat jolts you around in all directions, much as a real explosion would do. Simply amazing. Although, now I fear that because I have used the seats once, I will want to be in them every time I visit the cinema, which, between me and Allan - is an extra tenner a time!
Anyway, onto the movie. It has everything you could possibly want in a superhero movie. An awesome cast, a badass enemy, an amazing mix of tension and chemistry between the main cast, a superb bunch of background characters and extraordinary fight/action scenes.
The entire movie left me sitting with my mouth open, in awe of it's brilliance. And there were a few extremely funny moments, that left myself and the entire audience howling with laughter, and giving a round of applause.
As you can probably tell, I'm trying to be as spoiler free in this review as I possibly can, as the movie has only just arrived on US screens today, so for any of my readers from across the pond, this is for you (and any of you from this side of the ocean that haven't yet seen it!)
All of the main cast get their fair share of screen time (except for one), and they really make the most of it.
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a much more substantial character in this than what she was in Iron Man 2, and despite the fact that most people just assume that she is only in the movie to give it some sexiness (considering it's a highly male dominated cast, and movie), they're wrong. She does of course give it some eye candy, but she is also a very prominent part of the Avengers team.
Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was a highly talked about addition to the movie prior to release. Everyone worried that he wasn't up to the part. After all, what has Mark Ruffalo really been in, other than Rom-Coms? That was all that he was really associated with. Obviously he'll have been in other things, but Rom-Coms are what stick out most for him in our minds. Well, not now. I love Ed Norton, and found him to be a fantastic Banner/Hulk, but my God, Ruffalo has definitely outshone him. He is just everything you could want in Bruce Banner, and even more of what you'd want in Hulk. Quite simply, outstanding.
Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was amazing in this movie aswell, his usual stuck up, selfish self, and oh so funny. He has a few great one liners, and I love the tension between him and the other heroes to begin with, as they are all strong, confident characters so it is obvious they were going to clash at some point. He was actually my favourite to begin with, but then Hulk stole that from him! He is still my second favourite though.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) were also fantastic in this movie, but I feel that I have kinda let their characters down, as I have still yet to see their respective movie titles. So I feel like I went into the movie, not really knowing who they were, and came out knowing a bit, but there's knowledge missing. So I am definitely going to buy both of their movies on BluRay in the next few weeks, just so I don't feel as though I've missed out!
And last but not least, Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was great in this movie, but I feel like he didn't get nearly enough screentime compared to the other characters.You briefly see him around at the start of the movie, and then bar a few small shots of him, you don't really see him again until the end. He was, no doubt, an amazing character - but he definitely did not get the screentime he deserved. I am hoping that if and when Avengers 2 is released, he comes back for that, and gets his fair share of action.
Overall, it is an amazing movie, and has bumped The Dark Knight off of my number 1 spot for favourite movie (sorry Christopher Nolan!) and it is definitely one I'd urge you all to see.
The characters, the story, the action, and the two absolutely hilarious (but unexpected) moments from The Hulk all just combine to make a movie that I cannot wait to see again.
I'm gonna give it a 9.5/10, it would have been a 10, but I feel that Hawkeye's lack of scenes kinda took away from it a little, but overall still a brilliant must-see movie.
Let me know how you feel about the movie in the comments below!