Now, I must say that I have always felt that MARVEL’s Avengers are no match for the MUCH MUCH MUCH cooler bunch of Superhero by DC “Justice League”. I mean, Superman and Batman… Need I say more… But I have a new found respect for the Avengers… Bcos they are a bunch of Heros that are not self motivated.. They are like a ticking bomb together and they have their quirks.. Plus, the INCREDIBLE HULK!
MARVEL has been setting up for this movie for a long time now. With their spate of SUPER movies that introduced each of their Super Heroes – IRON MAN, THOR, Black Widow, INCREDIBLE HULK, CAPTAIN AMERICA and the relatively unknown ARCHER ( Correction - Hawakeye!! - Thanks Andy :P ) . Now, they bring them together, with the help of a one-eyed conniving S.H.I.E.L.D agent “Nick Fury”. But they don’t gel well… They are like a rather combustible set of elements put together for a chemical explosion worth its weight in Gold!
The movie starts off with THOR’s cruel brother “LOKI” attacking Earth. He is set to destroy this earth and the only men who can save the world are Super Men who cannot stand each other. Downey’s IRON MAN makes it rather difficult for them! Though the movie takes its time to gather some momentum, but after that it is an absolute treat.
IRON MAN hits as many punch lines as punches. THOR struts his Godly self and hammer with panache. And the other’s give them good company. But the one who steals the show with limited dialogue and some furious bashing is THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Though I love Edward Norton, now I cannot imagine anyone except Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. He absolutely owned it! And to think that it was his first movie as the HULK, it’s incredible.
Actually, more than Ruffalo himself, it is the brilliant writing that conquers. To make a movie that is choc-a-block with heroes and to give them equal punch is the biggest triumph. Josh Wedon (director of the hit TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) does a special job as not just a director but story and screenplay writer. Special mention to the Dialogue writers… It’s sparkling!
So, what are you waiting for? If you are a Fantasy/Super Hero movie junkie, this is a classic… But even if you are not, this is one hell of a ride! MARVELous indeed… but takes a little time to gather momentum…
Rating: 7 / 10
p.s.: Officially, the HULK rulezz……& Just for comparison "X-Men First Class and Dark Knight" were much better in terms of complexity and execution...