It’s what Marvel comic book fans have been waiting for.
Avengers Assemble, written and directed by Joss Whedon, has done what it takes to makes these comic inspired films cool again. Whedon, know and well regarded for his work on television’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, brings a large degree of credibility and a healthy dose of sarcastic, witty one-liners to a film that could only really be described as explosively enjoyable.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is tasked with recruiting and leading a motley crew of superheroes to avenge the efforts of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to destroy the world. Calling upon Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr.), The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the dashing Captain America (Chris Evans), the six set about overthrowing evil.
This movie appeals to both Marvel fans and those less familiar with work of these superheroes. Whedon has successfully managed to incorporate elements of the back story into this film, allowing all movie-goers a worthwhile experience, ensuring that they will equally enjoy the frantic and desperate efforts of the Avengers to protect the Earth.
The production values of this film are second to none, the action sequences and special effects are simply incredible and are worth seeing this film for alone. The destruction and devastation to New York City towards the end of the film is simply jaw dropping. The cinematography and sound alike within this film only add to this highly polished product.
Whedon has successfully managed to weave all of these characters together into the story, making them all relevant throughout. Despite receiving a great deal of criticism casting of Ruffalo as The Hulk, Whedon has provided enough depth and clarity to justify his ultimately wise choice.
With a somewhat predictable outcome Whedon still manages to juggle enough twists and excitement to keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the film. Rumours are already beginning to surface that Whedon has left the door open to a sequel of this film, and there is plenty of room to read into and analyse some of the characters comments in the final scenes.
Maintaining such momentum for the duration of the film does seem like a challenge, there was a couple of times in which this seemed to lag midway, but this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of this film.
An impressive piece of cinema, well worth seeing.
Avengers Assemble is released in UK cinemas on 26 April.
Featured image: Chris Hemsworth (left) and Chris Evans (right) as Thor and Captain America. Picture: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.