Visual Effects: 5/5
Hey, humans, aliens, and robots. Welcome to my first movie review. I’m really excited to review this movie, because I saw it for the first time last week and it’s definitely one of my favorite movies.
If you don’t know the story, here it is.
The Avengers, composed of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, must come together and learn to fight as a team to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity as well as retrieve the Tesseract from enemy hands.
This was, without a doubt, one of the best movies I’ve seen. It has the right amount of comedy combined with a serious plot, as well as excellent characters that have their own backstories of varying levels of tragedy. Don’t get me wrong, I love tragic backstories, but it’s nice to see some variation.
Now, we’ll get into the specifics.
First off, plot. The plot of this movie was fantastically simple. Get all the Avengers together, find the bad guy, capture the bad guy. Bad guy escapes to get his army, and finally epic showdown between Avengers and the bad guy’s army. There were no crazy plot twists or random useless aspects–just a simple, classic plot.
Next, characters. I’ll come clean right now; I love teams of main characters. Teams make for such an awesome dynamic. Something this movie did a good job of, is giving each of the Avengers equal amounts of screen-time, development, and importance. That’s not always done well in a large casts of main characters. Many times, when there’s a lot of characters, some of them aren’t important. They’re just kind of there to have a few lines and maybe pop up randomly if they’re needed. In The Avengers, even with six main characters, every single one plays a useful, unique part and is equally developed.
Moving on now, let’s talk about the visual effects in this movie. They were fantastic! Now in my opinion, nothing tops the bending reality effects in Doctor Strange, but The Avengers effects were pretty darn good. What jumped out at me the most, was Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk, and vice-versa the Hulk turning back to Bruce Banner. These effects were incredibly realistic. The Iron-Man suit was another big thing I noticed. For being almost completely CG for most of the movie, it was realistic, and it looked like Robert Downey was actually wearing the suit. Finally, the final battle scene on the streets of New York was shot completely on a green screen, and if you ask me, it looked pretty real. Don’t believe me about all these effects, check out these pictures I found. Pretty cool, right?
Finally, I want to talk about a few random aspects that I enjoyed. First of all, Tom Hiddleston’s acting is absolutely amazing. The way he portrays Loki: the slight insanity, the unpredictability, the facial expressions. He does it so well. Second, (this could be a bit of a spoiler so beware) I really enjoyed the scene where Natasha Romanoff tricks Loki into revealing that he plans on unleashing the Hulk. You learn so much about her character in that short scene, and the acting is beautiful. My favorite part of the scene is how she’s perfectly steady, until Loki starts mentioning the past crimes she has committed. Even then, her expression barely changes, but if you pay attention you can see her breathing speeds up. What finally breaks her, is when Loki tells her he’ll make Clint Barton kill her, “Slowly, intimately, in every way he knows you fear. Then, he’ll wake long enough to see is good work, and when he screams I’ll split his skull.” During those lines, are when she clearly shows fear and almost runs away so Loki can’t see her face. If you’re playing close attention, you can also hear her crying, before she turns back around, completely composed. I love how much that shows about her a character, and the acting by both of them is just so, so good!
All right, that’s all for now guys, see you next week for “What makes Anti-heros so appealing?”
Note: Pictures used came from this article.