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September 4, 2012 at 3:12 PMComments: 5 Faves: 0

Avenged.

By Dayton from SLN More Blogs by This Author

Cinematology Presents

The Avengers. In just 3 days of being in theaters, Marvel's monster blockbuster raked in over $200 million in the United States alone. So let's put on our cinematologist riding pants and loafers and dissect it!!

THE CAST

Robert Downey Jr.: Tony Stark/Iron Man

Chris Evans: Steve Rogers/Captain America

Mark Ruffalo: Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Chris Hemsworth:Thor

Scarlett Johansson: Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

Jeremy Renner: Clint Barton/Hawk Eye

Tom Hiddleson: Loki

Clark Greg: Agent Phil

Samuel L. Jackson: Nick Fury

Gwyneth Paltrow: Pepper Potts

Holy crap. This obviously isn't some indie "B" flick, the cast in The Avengers is completely star studded! As far as casting goes, it was very predictable, being a sequel to multiple movies with those same actors, with exception of Mark Ruffalo filling in for Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. 

How'd the cast do? I'm not a huge Samuel L. Jackson fan. I thought the Nick Fury role could have been played better, but that very well could be from a lack of good lines. When the dialogue for Nick Fury tries so hard to serve as comic relief, it feels super forced, but that's a recurring theme in these movies: sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. 

Chris Evans is the only other person that I felt was lacking. I loved the character, and Chris nails the old timey principles and attitude that someone in that era "should" carry. But he came across a bit deliberate in his delivery to me.

Robert Downey freaking played the crap out of Tony Stark! In both Iron Man's and The Avengers you have to love him! He plays the self-centered billionaire-hero who struggles internally perfectly! And good lord, the dude got insanely ripped for these movies! Aside from Chris Hemsworth and his crazy epic flowing hair, he was my favorite actor. Thor is just straight up epic. No questions asked! Look at his cape! 

The Visuals

Being the over the top blockbuster that it is, The Avengers needed to make use of incredible amounts of computer generated landscapes. That is fine, I love me a good overproduced greenscreen-tastic explosion fest. But did anyone else not like the giant alien army? However cool an invading army from a different dimension is, I think they could have looked cooler. The giant flying slugs, I thought, were "meh." The giant portal opening in the sky was pretty freaking awesome! I don't even know what to think of these things though...it looks like a mixture between Gonzo the Muppet, the bassist from Pop Evil, and a metal snake/slug thing.

The  special effects for Iron Man were amazing, as per usual, making great use of the HUD type visuals around screen as a recurring theme for Tony Stark. Scarlett Johansson not only played the part of an expert assassin to a tee, but  was also the deadly eye candy the film needed. Side note though! Why couldn't we have given Black Widow some cooler guns? She gets two istols? That's it? If she was constantly grabbing insane weapons it would have added to the "wow" factor. Just sayin'!

Overall, it had technically executed animation, and there isn't a reason for that not to be the case. Lots of chaos went on, which is always good!

Why You Should Watch It

The Avengers is altogether a great film. Joss Whedon is a brilliant human being that has the ability to completely immerse you into a story, however fantastic and colorful. It is sorta long (143 minutes) and has a few parts that just feel too cheesy. Amongst the sometimes failing attempts at comic relief, and plot twists that are more like plot flinches, The Avengers is overflowing with brilliant acting and life altering effects. It's a superhero super movie, it's pretty hard for awesomeness not to ooze out of its pores.

And Iron Man fights Thor. Awesomeness.

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5 Comments

  • You're totally right, the entire Chitauri army flying through a portal between dimensions isn't impressive at all....

    I will say that they didn't get as much attention as I would have liked and they certainly aren't a Kang, Ultron, Norman Osman, or Thanos, but the first movie needed to start soft to get the team together. That is, if you consider possible global destruction soft...

  • Good point E, but what about the things he was totally wrong about? Like how in the world can you not be a Samuel L. Jackson fan? He is one of the coolest people on earth. Are you actually going to sit there and tell me that in his body of work you don't see an actor of stellar quality? Of course, that would mean you would have to watch a movie that came out before 2000. That might be too big of a task for you.

  • Sorry Rex, but I am not a huge fan of Samuel L. myself. I will give you Pulp Fiction and small handful or other films, but he butchered Mace Windu and that is blasphemous to me.

    That being said, Joss Whedon wrote Nick Fury as a comic relief character, making Samuel L. a valid choice for the part, but far from perfect. I would have liked to have seen Don Cheadle start out as War Machine and Terrence Howard as Fury from the start, though he would have needed to pack on some much needed pounds.

  • I think if we are filling a team director role with an eye patch who needs to be black it should have been denzel. nuff said

  • my daughter brought home Captain America, as I started watching it, it was kind of lame but as it turns out it was a good movie. I like how the little guy turns into this muscular man!!

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