Watching THE AVENGERS for the first time was kind of like being thrown into cold water. I really had my problems understanding the whole thing. The only characters I knew were Tony Stark & Pepper Potts, Nick Fury & Phil Coulson, and Natascha Romanoff. The Hulk I knew from stories, but nothing more. Everything else was new to me.
So when you have a movie that starts with a strange experiment, with a guy being called Hawk(eye) and sitting under the ceiling, with a scientist who’s obviously important and works on said experiments, and with another guy suddenly appearing after a bit of lightning, you of course get confused.
That was my first impression, of the beginning at least. My first general impression of the movie was: Can’t say I get it all, but it was definitely a nice watch. And I would watch it again.
Well, I did. After a lot of research. If you know how often I go to the cinema – like, two or three times a year max – and how often I watch the same movie twice at the cinema – the first LotR I saw three times, but after that… – you might just get an idea of how much I loved that movie. The reason I didn’t go more often is that the tickets are expensive as hell, as my friend and me wanted to watch the English version, which is only screened in one cinema in this whole, big city, and that this English version was only available in 3D. Don’t get me wrong, 3D is great, but I could have done with the normal version, especially because with a movie that has a run time of 2:20h, 3D gets pretty exhausting for the eyes. Plus, it raises the ticket price.
On the other hand, the impression that you could touch the people in the film… *whistles innocently* (No, I didn’t do that. I am not like these… *girls* who were sitting next to us. I really wanted to ‘hulk’ them, as my friend put it – meaning, box them from the frame :D)
So, THE AVENGERS. What appealed to me and made me a fan?
If I’m honest, I have to say that Loki/Tom Hiddleston at least had a great part in it, but I will get to this in another post.
Of course the movie itself is awesome. It’s epic, it’s a remarkable piece of directing (thank you, Joss Whedon) as well as acting work. And don’t let me get started on all the effects and SFX and stuff. This movie rightfully has come close to outright kicking AVATAR from the throne of the highest grossing movie of all time (didn’t work, unfortunately… but then… $606,298,000 as of Juli 1st, anyone?).
But… well. Good actors and actresses take a huge part in making a movie good or bad. The AVENGERS cast is fantastic and you can see that they got along very well behind the scenes. There is a story about the whole bunch of them playing a dance video game at, I think, Jeremy Renner’s house. And this is so wonderfully… normal. I really love this little story.
We have the usual snarkiness of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, we have the wonderful sarcasm of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, we have the cool calmness with an unexpected dry comment of Scarlett Johannson’s Natascha Romanoff and Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, the hilarious ‘fish out of water’ moments of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Odinson, as well as the same for Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers– even though it’s on a completely different, but not any less funny level with him. And then there is of course awesome Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Laufey-/Odinson who stands as the antagonist on the other side, facing all those named before, and doing an astonishing job at having just as much presence as the other six together.
You see that each one of them, without exception (and same goes for the smaller roles as well – I count Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson here as well, even though their roles were without any doubt crucial for the whole story), lives their role, the character they play – whether it is as a normal human, or as superhero. I think this is one of the things that makes this movie so great.
The other thing is of course director/writer Joss Whedon. I admit it, I’m not that much of a fan of his earlier projects – like Buffy or Firefly, though I enjoyed both shows – but here he certainly did a marvelous (no pun intended) job. In co-op with the actors he brought real life to a movie that came from (a) comic(s) – and that’s nothing everyone can do. Because what works in drawn pictures on paper doesn’t necessarily also work on screen, and with real life people who have to literally walk in the footsteps of character histories.
I’ve never read the comics, but I know others, and I also know how one can have a certain picture in one’s mind, coming from non-realistic characters that are then played by real life actors. Finding the right people who not only fit optically, but also and mostly as a character and with their acting skill set, is incredibly hard.
And then… yes, then, you have all the other jobs. Makeup. Costumes. Special Effects. Backdrops/sceneries. Location scouts. Light department. Post production. The list goes on and on.
We are very lucky, I guess. For AVENGERS, they found all the right people, down to even the smallest wheel in the engine.
By the way – favorite scene?
If it’s all the same to you, I’ll have that drink now.
With that scene, Tom Hiddleston/Loki totally exceeds Robert Downey Jr.’s seemingly unconquerable level of awesomeness. The way he plays it shows just how much grace and style Loki has. Maybe it also shows that he indeed it a complete psychopath, but damn… he knows when he has lost. Or maybe won, who knows. I doubt that anything Loki does isn’t thought through thoroughly. In any way, there are many scenes I loved in that movie, but this one definitely is on top. No screaming and kicking, no insulting, nothing. Just a totally calm remark that makes even Tony Stark smirk (yeah, it might be his glee about having defeated Loki, but still… Tony has that kind of humor ;))