Audience, meet Tony Stark aka Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), a super rich superhero–with a wittier than thou personality–who kicks some serious ass when in a golden-maroon of a metal clunking suit and fires some of the funniest one-liners to put you into splits for days to come. Even if you take away his suit, his unparalleled charm as a genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist prevails.
Tony, meet Bruce Banner aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), a first-rate scientist with majors in gamma radiation and an ‘angrier than thou shirt tearing and pants ripping green alter ego’, that unleashes unholy wrath on those who anger him. The best of all Hulks that there have been! What’s his secret, you ask? He’s always angry!
Bruce, meet Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a hammer wielding Norse God of Thunder of the galactic kingdom of Asgard with a ‘mightier than thou force’ that strikes devastating lightning bolts at will. To go against it is to ask for a preposterous hammering of epic proportions. Everybody and everything in his presence is just so petty and tiny!
Thor, meet Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), a patriotic army man and the first of the superheroes–with a classier than thou aura–who wears a vintage white starred and red striped suit and holds an indestructible shield made of Vibranium. Eventually, it’s his plan of attack that brings order to the chaos in a good old fashioned way.
Ironman, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, meet each other. And also, meet members of SHIELD: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Together you make – The Avengers! Now, have ego problems (Make us laugh). Ridicule each other (Make us laugh). Take orders from none (Make us laugh). Be your own master (Make us laugh). Fight with each other as to who’s the best among you (Make us laugh). Wait wait wait… Put it on hold… You have a new visitor…
Avengers, meet Loki (Tom Hiddleston), a banished ‘demi Norse God turned super villain’ of Asgard and brother of Thor. He’s the one with minacious plans to take over the Earth (Read Manhattan) with a spoilt childlike smirk on his face. The humans, he believes, are made to be ruled! Lo, here comes his otherworldly orc-ish army and giant flying anthropods. But, didn’t he tell you in the beginning this was his plan? Well, better late than never! Unite and fight!
Cast, meet Joss Whedon, he’s the director of this delicious superhero extravaganza you all are starring in. Whatever doubts you have will be clarified and whatever fears we have will be taken care of, by him. Prolific writer that he is, he’ll give each of you shared moments of glory and to us, that blockbuster we've all been waiting for a long time. Alright, that’s your cue; you know what to do. Attack!
2 hours and 23 minutes later.
Joss Whedon, meet the audience, us. It’s our words and money that eventually decide the fate of movies and after seeing yours, we, delightfully content to the core of our hearts, give you a double thumbs up. It’s funnier than all the rubbish they call funny, way ahead of them (The (un)friendly banter between each is spectacularly hilarious). Its action set pieces of heroic magnitude sure are a sight for the sore eyes. Special mention to the way the camera pans from one shot to the other, effortlessly efficient and keeping each superhero in the frame while they together flaunt the best of their powers to bring down the evil. 3D takes the visual appeal of the kabooms to another level. For all this and the sheer entertaining spectacle that it is, we would like to say that you, sir, have pulled off a remarkable feat in balancing not only the atomic star power of the film with panache, but deftly orchestrating every facet of filmmaking to near perfection. For your skills, its scope, wit, action, and of course, the Avengers, it’s worth a hundred viewings! Hail Avengers!
4.5 stars out of 5