Avengers Assemble (2012) – Film Review
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo
by Dan Berlinka
First off, if you’re the kind of person who loves comics and is steeped in their mythology, you can go ahead and add two more to the score right away. You’ll most likely find the picture to be packed with total AWESOME!
However, if (like me) you probably expect more than cool action and effects and a few smart one-liners. If so, you may be left wondering why such wild claims are being made for this film. It just doesn’t seem to be all that different from the countless other comic book movies out there.
True, Avengers Assemble has impressive talents on both sides of the camera. Cult-favourite Joss Whedon directs, there are excellent turns from Mark Ruffalo – his Hulk pretty much steals the show – and Robert Downey Jr is brilliant and totally commits to his Iron Man persona.
Meanwhile, Tom Hiddlestone is an engaging super villain and looks set to mop up any roles Michael Fassbender isn’t available for. No slight to either actor, by the way, more a comment on how I suspect Hollywood will end up using them. A couple of years ago it would’ve been Michael Sheen.
Overall it’s certainly entertaining, but for the unbeliever there’s nothing to quite make you fully forget how, well, silly it all is.