The Avengers (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson
Plot: Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Movie Trivia: Robert Downey Jr kept food hidden all over the lab set and apparently nobody could find where it was, so they just let him continue doing it. In the movie, that’s his own food he is offering to fellow cast members and eating. He would just grab a bite during takes whenever he was hungry.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
What a fantastic climax to what basically amounts to the first checkpoint of our superhero movie marathon. All of the backstories and development we got along the way from the individual movies payed off in a big way with the first movie of The Avengers. Joss Whedon does a great job in making this bunch feel like a dysfunctional family that is just learning how to work together. The humor mixed with stress makes for a very entertaining, high tension ride throughout.
Robert Downey Jr is perfect as ever as Tony, making it look so natural that you forget this is a character. Chris Evans delivers an adorable, patriotic performance that you can’t help but root for even as you chuckle at him indulgently at his naivete. Chris Hemsworth returns with his signature pomp and grandeur that we associate with the God of Thunder. Scarlett Johansson is sexy as hell and twice as badass in every scene she is in. And last, but not least, Mark Ruffalo. While I adore Norton and the weight he brought to the role of Banner, this version brought to us by Ruffalo feels like a much better fit for this group. Norton would have been too dark, I believe.
But, every superhero is only as good as his villain, and Loki was able to hold his own against the entire team to help carry his side of the plot. Hiddleston yet again embodies the person we love to hate. His plan (plot wise) might not be too great, but with the combination of oily actions and snappy dialogue you are going to find it just as entertaining a performance as he delivered in Thor, if not more so since now we know exactly who he is.
Overall, this movie is just fantastic. It doesn’t earn that full extra flame to make it a favorite film of mine, but it comes very close. This is a film you won’t regret watching in the least. It is a great closing point in a series of setups, while still giving the audience those last two “hidden scenes” to tease of the heroism to come.