'The Avengers' Review by Daghan Dalgic

I think it is hard for me to call this just a "movie". This was more of an "event". Ever since 'Iron Man' the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this movie. Giving the viewers bits and pieces. Now, it has officially happened. Were the years of preparation for this movie worth it?

Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk and Thor. The world's mightiest heroes are assembled by Nick Fury for a top secret agency to protect the world from evil. They are faced with the charismatic and hateful Loki, who is bringing an army of aliens to earth. 

Marvel has been leading up to this movie for years, and fans have been full of excitement and doubt. Joss Whedon, the director of 'Serenity' and 'Firefly'  took on this project. The question of this review is how well did he do? 

Creating a cinematic universe is definitely one that needs planning and a team of skilled as well as experienced people. So, the question on everyone's mind before the release of the film was "Why did they pick the guy who did 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' for such a large scale project?" They could have gone with a director that has done these kinds of projects before. So why did Marvel pick Joss Whedon as their main man for this universe? Because of his love for comics. 

When I walked out of this movie, I was remembering more about the dialogue than the action. And that is not a bad thing. Bringing so many different characters into one setting is such a hard task to do well. Yet, the wise-cracking and intelligent interactions between these characters are the best parts of the movie. Whedon has managed to keep if not improve the spirit of each character. The movie has many action sequences and these "slow" parts are what keep the movie in place as well as pace. 

The action sequences are very well made. The fights build up to the final big boss fight and even though, the fight as you have seen in the trailer takes place in a large area of New York, it is not confusing in any way. This was a big issue with 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. The final fight has action and effects even better than the first movie but it wasn't cut as well, so it got very confusing and hard to follow. The movie 'Thor' broke out with an epic fight sequence. It was so entertaining to watch that all of the other fights in the movie seemed less interesting. Whilst in 'The Avengers', the minor fights built up to a major one. 

Every superhero movie is as good as its villain. Tom Hiddleston nails his part as Loki. He was such a big hit not only with the watchers but the die-hard comic fans. This made Marvel want to drain every bit of interest the character had by constantly trying to reuse him in future movies. You will see why when you read our future 'Thor: The Dark World' review. 

The first time I watched an IMAX movie, I was dazzled by it. The whole experience was incredible to me. And I was more shocked by what I had seen than the quality. Something similar happened to me with this movie. When you see this movie, you will be shocked because you haven't seen so many superheroes on screen at once. You will think this one of the best action movies of all time. However, when you watch again. You will realise the weakest part of the movie, which was the plot. There are numerous predictable scenes and "reveals" that did not hit home. 

'The Avengers' is the ultimate superhero movie that dazzled movie watchers and fans everywhere. The movie along with its heroic soundtrack will brighten your mood. It is not a cinema masterpiece but it isn't trying to be. It's merely a fun comic book movie that achieves at being exactly what it is. 

Score: 8.5/10