Friday, April 27, 2012

Movie Review: The Avengers 2D & Imax 3D

Updated with Imax 3D review below!

Yahoo! It's finally here! Summer movie season has started with the opening of The Avengers in cinemas this week. Malaysians are lucky enough to get the movie screened 1 week earlier than the US. Thanks to the persuasion of a friend, I kept myself awake and watched the midnight showing (My inner geek squealed with excitement). After introducing the main characters through multiple individual movies over the years, the first assembly finally happened. It has to be good right? But how good? Head on after the break for my full review.


Synopsis
I will try to keep my review spoiler free. I'll copy off the premise written in IMDB as to not reveal plots that are suppose to be a secret until you watch the film. "Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster." Yes, Loki is still alive after being thrown into the outer space. He manage to find a way to seek revenge against people of the earth. The tasseract introduced in Captain America has something to do with the plot as well. That should be enough to make you go watch it right? Watch the trailer below as well.


Plot
I absolutely freakin' loved this movie. It has the right amount of action, comedy and smart script. Don't expect a straight forward storyline. It has its twist when you least expected it. The premise of the film is very smart, thanks also to the lengthy introduction from the previous films. Those never seen them don't have to worry either, you won't be confused. Introduction to the characters are well executed as well, letting us know the right amount of information for those that know these characters and for first timers. Laughs are aplenty from actually most characters, especially Tony Stark and Agent Coulson. For the sad part, I do feel sad (Trying not to reveal anything). And the action... of course they're awesome! Every single hero gets a fair share of screen time and challenge from the villains. That's part of why I loved this movie. Joss Whedon is a genius for being able to juggle a lot of characters into one film and manage to make sure each characters are important. I like that fact the scenes when they are fighting against each other as well as when they're fighting together. They did kept us guessing who the real villains are until the very end. Possibly for the next movie.



Production & Performance
I don't have to say much production-wise. Of course it has to be top notch for a movie of this scale. I like the fact that it tries to keep the CG minimal and rely on real action effects. Even the CG is well executed and looks believable. Like Hulk and Loki's army. The battle scene is set in New York, a perfect playground for destruction. The sets for the Avengers' 'ship' was impressive. Every area is done in detail and when fight scenes occur, you don't feel like it's just an empty room. The performance from the actors are good as well. Best actor has to be Robert Downey Jr. He is able to make you laugh and take him seriously at the right time. Chris Evans was good as well as Captain America as he had poise being a leader among those even older than he is. Tom Hiddleston was good as the ambitious yet vulnerable villain Loki. Mark Ruffalo makes a good Bruce Banner, but I'm not sure if they really have to make Hulk look like him. Maybe needs some getting use to. Chris Hemsworth was OK as Thor since there was little character development for him. Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner had good chemistry fighting together.



Imax 3D
Went to watch the movie at Imax 3D today. I sat at the 4th row so you can imagine how close I was to the screen. The film was converted to 3D for both conventional screen and Imax 3D after filming so the movie is not really focusing much on the 3D effects. If you are expecting things to jump right at you, there isn't much or any that is significant. However, in terms of being able to see the different depth of each scene, the movie succeeds at it. Most of them during wide shots. You do feel like you are in the environment, since the Imax screen fill up your line of sight. Some scenes that are fast paced might make you dis-oriented as it looks like a blur. It's a good option, but not a necessary one to be able to enjoy the film.




Overall, an absolutely fun time at the movies. Comic geeks will rejoice in this film as it has the perfect combo you'll want for a comic adaptation. You have to at least watch it once. But I bet you'll want seconds as well. Loved it!