IronMan & Friends Show: Marvel’s The Avengers 2012

If we can’t protect the Earth, then we can damn well avenge it.

– Tony Stark

I am not kidding when I say that almost every single cinema only shows The Avengers right now. I think all the other productions made a unanimous decision in avoiding the formidable box office sensation. Who would dare go up against the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes anyway?

Marvel’s The Avengers stars Tom Hiddleston as Loki, our choice villain for this show. Chris Hemsworth as Loki’s brother Thor. Jeremy Renner is Clint Barton/Hawkeye. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, because we need a woman to keep things in order. Samuel L. Jackson as Nicky Fury looking like a Matrix character. Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers/Captain America. Mark Ruffalo is new in the crew bringing us a fresh take on Bruce Banner/ The Hulk. And last but certainly not the least, the star of the show, the genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist, Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark/IronMan, because Marvel needs a Batman counterpart.

L-R: Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Robert Downey Jr. (Ironman), Chris Evans (Captain America), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)

The entire thing starts with Loki wanting to rule the world. Like usual. He steals the Tesseract, a powerful source of energy, then later on uses it to develop a big-ass portal in the sky. The said big-ass portal is for his extraterrestrial allies to help him wage a war against the Earth. In exchange for their assistance in his conquest, he promises to give them the Tesseract.

Of course, Morpheus Nick Fury won’t let that happen as the head of the Earth protection agency called SHIELD. He calls upon The Avengers for help, and they save the day after much bickering as per usual. The rest is spoiler-free history. Just go watch the movie.

What’s good about this movie is that it’s fast-paced and witty. It has a pretty decent action scene to dialog ratio. Movies like Transformers 3 have a too long, too overwhelming fighting sequence, that the viewer gets lost and essentially bored or tired. Every action sequence in this film is well-choreographed and very entertaining to watch. Not too much, but not too simple.

In essence, I’m saying it’s all brilliant.

Graphics and effects are top class. Things look very realistic. I couldn’t find any flaws. Watched this in an IMAX 3D theatre and I tell you, the experience is just amazing. This is the right kind of movie you’d need an IMAX for. You can feel the Alan Silvestri music in the air. Glad to have him back after Captain America. It’s good to get a chance to feel his music, literally, vibrating through your theatre seat.

Also, it’s a very comforting thing to know that Joss Whedon directed and wrote this movie (along with Zak Penn, of course). If anything, Joss Whedon knows his comics. And he definitely knows his script. Thoroughly enjoyable, everything was.

The only thing that really gets to me is the ridiculous amount of RDJ Screen Time. The entire thing feels like IronMan 3 Plus Amazing Back-Up team. You really have to change the title to The Iron Man & Friends Show. IronMan fixes the ship when it falls. IronMan is the first to find out SHIELD’s hidden agenda. IronMan tries to shut off the portal. IronMan gets a sass-off with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki-disguised ass. I know Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, but did he buy the show?

It isn’t all that bad. I love Robert Downey Jr. And I thank the old gods and the new for the past three/four years of just pure glorious RDJ action. I know that the producers know that we all just love ourselves some RDJ. But you guys, I came here to watch The Avengers. And if you ask me, there’s too little Hawkeye in this film. And I need a bit more Thor.

I mean, look at the damn poster!

The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!!

Whoops, wrong poster. I meant this.

Ironman 3: The Avengers

There we go.

SEE THAT. Up front, right smack in the center, the biggest face you’ll see is RDJ. I love you, but it’s unfair.

Don’t ask me what Gwyneth (Pepper Potts) is doing here. I just don’t know.
Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) & Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) playing with their LEGO Counterparts.

Well it looks to me, they all like the other poster better.

Makes it easy and suitable for child’s play. Which the movie sort of is. It was so easy for RDJ to just put Loki down like that and crush him on the floor. Loki disappears for a few minutes, the entire fight sequence continues, the portal gets destroyed. The Earth is safe, yay. It was an easy win. And I get it, it’s a super hero story. But they were up against an alien fleet. The moment the portal was closed, the giant bony dinosaur just falls, and every one of the aliens die like the main power source just got cut off. It just doesn’t feel right.

Aw, Loki. You’ll get your superstar attention one day.


Tom Hiddleston tweeted this the other day. Made by illustrator Noelle.

I think the story wasn’t able to tell us Loki’s side of things.

Anyway! To wrap things up:

Story: 7/10
Effects: 9.5/10
Music: 8.5/10
Casting: 10/10
Script: 8.5/10
Over-all Rating: 8.7/10

I’ll leave you guys with a bit more Jeremy loving.


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