A few days now since we charged off on opening day to see Joss Whedon’s the Avengers (cinema 2D) on Australia Day (maybe Marvel, Stan and co should get some credit as well). We are still talking about it, to be truthful mostly about how awesome the Hulk was, Joss really excelled at bringing the big green guy to the screen. Mark Ruffalo was fun in both forms and was interesting to see how he evolved. The best parts of the film for me were the team fighting (verbally and physically) amongst themselves, Joss is clearly good at this sort of thing and with these big icons to play with he seems to have enjoyed it.
The stunning trailers:
All the characters are very watchable, they are big and all lovingly competing for our attention as the team slowly forms up to take on Loki (who is a great fun villain following on from his defeat at the hands of Thor). For those that haven’t seen the film yet, the now classic moment between Loki and the Hulk alone is worth the admission price. The film isn’t so much about this conflict though, that is just the backdrop for bringing the superheroes together, so much so that the military don’t even figure in this conflict with the alien army.
The special effects are simply remarkable and demonstrate just how accomplished the 3D effects houses are at creating all manner of mayhem and characters for these films. A whole cabal of talented folk worked on the film (wikipedia ref): Cantina Creative, Evil Eye Pictures, Fuel VFX, Hydraulx, Industrial Light & Magic, Legacy Effects, Luma Pictures, The Third Floor and Weta Digital
The audio/soundtrack and production values are top shelf and with the mix of super and more down-to-earth characters, we have the whole super-hero-action-banter extravaganza. Alas, for a comic based film there is a real shortage of concept art for us to enjoy, but these promo images are still superb and bring the actors into the mix for us. These are the Avengers Desktop Backgrounds via ToysRus:
So, all up a truly super-enjoyable film that I look forward to seeing again, indeed it may be one of those films that grows on me even more after the repeats - Avengers Assemble!