The Avengers (2012)
Reviewed by Roberto Di Donato on
. Review and Trailer of the film The Avengers As far as the story and entertainment go it still doesn't beat the first Iron Man film that started it all, but saying that the action and graphics are the best I have ever seen and the comedy between Hulk and Ironman keeps it all grounded...
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson
It's taken five introductory movies to get here, but S.H.I.E.L.D.S - "Avengers Initiative" - has finally been given the green lantern, and Nick Fury has been busy assembling the hero's to once again save the world. The usual suspects have returned - Ironman, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow & Hawkeye. You might be thinking who those last two are? Well they never got their own spinoff, but after watching this, I think they might be teaming up soon, as it looks like they share a bit of history, cupid style!
Loki (Thor's brother) has raised his jealous head again and teamed up with some funny looking Aliens to obtain that blue power cube that we saw in the Captain America film. In return he will be given Earth to rule. After a few hiccups and reluctant Superheros, the Avengers are united for the first time and that's when the fun begins.
As far as the story and entertainment go it still doesn't beat the first Iron Man film that started it all, but saying that the action and graphics are the best I have ever seen and the comedy between Hulk and Ironman keeps it all grounded. Apart from the action, the best bit's have to be when they all start ripping into each other. There is one gripe I have though; they still haven't explained why the Hulk's pants don't split! Elastic?. ROB † †
Bringing all the superheroes together from previous Marvel films to fight evil in one explosive extravaganza will prove to be the most profitable decision ever made in Hollywood history. On its way to being the number one movie of all time, The Avengers has to be the most ambitious & action packed science fiction movie ever produced. With a budget of US$270 million, this is the most exciting chapter of the series yet, with long action packed sequences which will have your blood pressure skyrocketing & leave you asking how such eye popping special effects were created.
The story picks up when an unexpected enemy, Thorís brother, threatens global safety & security. The director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster & so starts recruiting superheroes to form The Avengers. Initially the super heroes are unable to work together but by the climactic ending they come together to eliminate the evil from Earth. It is hard to find fault with this Hollywood blockbuster, which obviously had the best film makers in the industry involved. Admittedly there were slow parts which bordered on boring earlier on in the movie, but they were quickly over shadowed once the action set in.
Production standards were of the very highest which would have accounted for the mammoth budget. Funny one liners engulfed the script & added likeability to the superheroes whom at first would have appeared to be evil to the youngest & most impressionable of viewers. The Avengers is a film which MUST be experienced at the cinema in 3D & for optimum effect in CINEMAXX or better, where you donít just see, but where you FEEL every sound & every explosion. A continuation is hinted at the end & this edition will be a hard act to follow. JAKE
Robert Downey Jr. to get $50m from The Avengers
Robert Downey Jr.'s recent appearance as Iron Man in The Avengers will earn the actor more than $50 million due to some clever negotiation a few years ago. The 47-year-old actor earns a percentage of The Avengers massive box office total (over $1 billion) from any appearance as Iron Man following a deal he signed in 2008, after the success of the first Iron Man film.
Robert's salary is several times the amount of his co-stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo who all earned between $2-3 million. Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson are reported to be receiving double that amount. The low salaries for the actors was Marvel's attempt to keep costs down, with the large amount of superheroes needed for the film. The Avengers has already broken box office records with its stellar premiere week, toppling previous record holder Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2.