Having a superhero movie with a bunch of different heroes trying to save the world is expected to be a difficult thing to do, well look at The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which had bunch of characters forming a team to “save the world”, that is one example of a movie which was not well made or explored, but that is not the case with Marvel’s The Avengers by director Joss Whedon, not at all. Whedon manages to deliver a very well driven movie, with an excellent writing, great dialogues, and great character developments.
You would think that in a movie as big as this one, with so many important characters to share the screen, that some of them would lose their place in the movie, or that one would shine more than the others. Nope, that doesn’t happen here. Whedon manages to introduce each character with a great amount of time, showing us what the characters we already know have been up to recently, and how they will get involved in this new story. We have a villain with a solid plan, is nothing too much hard to believe, or cheesy, he has a purpose, a deal in which he will deliver the Tesseract to the Chitauri if he can get an army with the race to “conquer” the earth. Loki steals the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D., and manages to get The Avengers in a really bad situation by having Dr. Selvig and Clint Barton under mind control.
Like said the story is good, really solid telling and purporse, but what makes the movie good is not only the story, but some great factors I’ve mentioned before. The great writing and dialogue along with characters interactions and development. Each of The Avengers get their own time together, so they can share experiences, like Banner and Stark when they first start working on locating Loki, they have time to have a real good conversation and get to know each other, and they realise that they’re not that different, and they are also not perfect. And the best example of how well done is the script, is the scene in the helicarrier lab where everyone starts arguing, with Tony and Steve facing off their differences and Thor is right in the middle as the indifferent one, who is there to make things more interesting, also a Bruce Banner who is afraid that he is only being used to unleash the beast, and for last a Nick Fury, who is specially worried about “saving the world”, but truly, the team finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D. have their own plans for the Tesseract power, which is what triggers the conflict.
Going more in depth about the dialogues, we have some really well written lines, using some great effect words, specially Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who has his own time of conversation with each important character of the movie, exploring their minds, and he is not there just as a villain for them to have a physical fight in, but also a villain who provides a mental challenge, someone who will make them think different of things, someone who sometimes may manipulate them.
The movie gives the perfect example of how a team with big names would work, it is not perfect, they have their ego, they will kill each other if they don’t control the situation, the movie is about showing how they can connect, from a team about failures and with no balance, to a team who will stay together and save the day, they show that to be a team you have to learn how to work together, know your allies, and start respecting everyone, and The Avengers perfecty does that, is the kind of superhero movie we have been waiting for so long, the action scenes are also fantastic, with the heroes fighting together or against each other, is a comic book perfectly translated to the screen.
Lucas Silva M.
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