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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Avengers (2012)

Yes, just in case you were wondering (or may be not)... I was one of those who queued to see The Avengers during the first week. It had been a while since I've had to queue up for anything at the pictures but this movie seems to breaking all kinds of box office records. Of course I would have gone even if it word-of-mouth wasn't great. Who am I kidding right? Afterall, I did write reviews for Captain America and Thor last year.

Thankfully it wasn't. In fact, it was really good. I'm not yet prepared to call it a masterpiece BUT it was so good that I understand why some might want to go that far.
(And no, I am not referring to that dreadful film remake of the popular 60s spy/scifi British tv show, which turned out to be a complete waste of time.)

So where was I? The Avengers... In my estimation, probably the best ensemble superhero comic book flick so far which is hardly surprising when you consider that Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) was at the helm. Most of the X-Men film were decent but struggled to get the "ensemble" bit right. I don't know why they bothered with the standalone Wolverine film when he was more or less the star of the trilogy. First Class was practically the Charles and Erik show. Here, I thought Whedon got the balance more or less right, as each hero got his/her moment in the spotlight, a goal, until now, that has been elusive as well as Herculean.

For me, the crowning glory of the film were the one-on-one character interactions. With so many characters, the need to be efficient in drawing each one out is paramount. In Whedon's hands, a snapp five minute conversation can reveal so much about the character's personality and motivations. Interspersed between all the posturing is the witty banter and the parade of one-liners that had audiences rocking in their seats.

Traditionally the villains are the catalyst in such stories. Here, it is no different. The main villain of the piece is Loki who has grandiose visions of planet domination and has sought the aid of the Chitauri, whose strength lie in their numbers and tech. Loki, as played by Tom Hiddlestone, is a mixture of mischief, deceit, frustration and arrogance. But in the end, Loki and the Chitauri are supporting characters in a theatre meant to bring together 4 powerful, if at times egotistical, individuals to prevent the human race from annihilation or extinction.

The best part of this is that it is bucketloads of fun. At the end of the day, that's probably why most people splash out the big bucks for.

Excuse me... while I disappear for a bit and cough...

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