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Just to reiterate, now that I’m rested and have my feet firmly planted in the next day:
This movie is the best comic book movie done yet. It is as vast and wondrous as the Marvel Universe is in its comics. Never before has that been done on screen this well. It completely shatters the Nolan-esque concept of rooting your heroes in the real world, which I’m a fan of, but it certainly has constrained comic movies as well.The Avengers celebrates the Jack Kirby imagination and yet also makes it tangible and engrossing.
One of its biggest successes: it did justice to The Hulk in a way that’s never been done on screen. Mark Ruffalo avoids the trap that Norton and Bana fell into and, instead of playing Banner like a sadsack scientist/refugee, plays Bruce with a strength, a bitterness and a nobility that blew me away. And The Hulk himself… truly terrifying. 
Also, this would be Loki’s film if the writing weren’t so amazing. Tom Hiddleston outdoes himself and his performance in Thor in ever single scene. From his tears to his smirks to his rage… it doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are for his great acting, you will be blown away. 
And like I said, it’s the great writing and acting that keeps this from being Loki’s film. Any other writer or director may not have been enough to keep the audience from all signing up to be part of Loki’s evil army. But Downey Jr., Evans, Ruffalo and Hemsworth are so committed to their characters and the dialogue is so intelligent, witty and lively, that you are constantly reminded who you are meant to root for and you can’t help it, no matter how amazing Loki is (which I really can’t overstate).
I will be seeing it again this weekend. And the next.
I’d say a lot more here about scenes and dialogue I loved, but I’m going to avoid talking about the plot for a bit until more people have seen it.
Seriously, though, see it soon. Make room in your budgets for extra showings. This film is incredible.

Just to reiterate, now that I’m rested and have my feet firmly planted in the next day:

This movie is the best comic book movie done yet. It is as vast and wondrous as the Marvel Universe is in its comics. Never before has that been done on screen this well. It completely shatters the Nolan-esque concept of rooting your heroes in the real world, which I’m a fan of, but it certainly has constrained comic movies as well.The Avengers celebrates the Jack Kirby imagination and yet also makes it tangible and engrossing.

One of its biggest successes: it did justice to The Hulk in a way that’s never been done on screen. Mark Ruffalo avoids the trap that Norton and Bana fell into and, instead of playing Banner like a sadsack scientist/refugee, plays Bruce with a strength, a bitterness and a nobility that blew me away. And The Hulk himself… truly terrifying. 

Also, this would be Loki’s film if the writing weren’t so amazing. Tom Hiddleston outdoes himself and his performance in Thor in ever single scene. From his tears to his smirks to his rage… it doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are for his great acting, you will be blown away. 

And like I said, it’s the great writing and acting that keeps this from being Loki’s film. Any other writer or director may not have been enough to keep the audience from all signing up to be part of Loki’s evil army. But Downey Jr., Evans, Ruffalo and Hemsworth are so committed to their characters and the dialogue is so intelligent, witty and lively, that you are constantly reminded who you are meant to root for and you can’t help it, no matter how amazing Loki is (which I really can’t overstate).

I will be seeing it again this weekend. And the next.

I’d say a lot more here about scenes and dialogue I loved, but I’m going to avoid talking about the plot for a bit until more people have seen it.

Seriously, though, see it soon. Make room in your budgets for extra showings. This film is incredible.

Tom Hiddleston wrote an amazing article for The Guardian last week in defense of superhero films:

“Superheroes movies like Avengers Assemble should not be scorned”
by Tom Hiddleston for The Guardian
Earlier this year, beneath the wind-whipped tarpaulin of a catering tent in Gloucester, I was working on a film with the actor Malcolm Sinclair. Over scrambled eggs at an ungodly hour, he told me something I had not previously known: when Christopher Reeve was young, barely out of Juilliard, he was roundly mocked by his peers on Broadway for accepting the role of Superman. It was considered an ignoble thing for a classical actor to do.
Since then some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Batman;Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. In spite of 20 years of mercurial work in the likes of Chaplin and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it was his rock-star-charismatic yet somehow humble Tony Stark in Iron Man that helped wider audiences finally embrace the enormous talent of Robert Downey Jr. And Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous.I grew up watching Superman. As a child, when I first learned to dive into a swimming pool, I wasn't diving, I was flying, like Superman. I used to dream of rescuing a girl I had a crush on (my Lois Lane) from a playground bully (General Zod). Reeve, to my mind, was the first real superhero.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Avengers Assemble. Photograph: Zade Rosenthal
Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other’s, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.
I have never been more inspired than when I watched Harold Pinter speak in a direct address to camera in his Nobel lecture in 2005. “Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond with the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Some times you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.”
Big talk for someone in a silly superhero film, I hear you say. But superhero films offer a shared, faithless, modern mythology, through which these truths can be explored. In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out…

(Click here to continue reading ”Superheroes movies like Avengers Assemble should not be scorned” @ The Guardian…)

Tom Hiddleston wrote an amazing article for The Guardian last week in defense of superhero films:

Superheroes movies like Avengers Assemble should not be scorned”

by Tom Hiddleston for The Guardian

Earlier this year, beneath the wind-whipped tarpaulin of a catering tent in Gloucester, I was working on a film with the actor Malcolm Sinclair. Over scrambled eggs at an ungodly hour, he told me something I had not previously known: when Christopher Reeve was young, barely out of Juilliard, he was roundly mocked by his peers on Broadway for accepting the role of Superman. It was considered an ignoble thing for a classical actor to do.

Since then some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Batman;Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. In spite of 20 years of mercurial work in the likes of Chaplin and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it was his rock-star-charismatic yet somehow humble Tony Stark in Iron Man that helped wider audiences finally embrace the enormous talent of Robert Downey Jr. And Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous.I grew up watching Superman. As a child, when I first learned to dive into a swimming pool, I wasn't diving, I was flying, like Superman. I used to dream of rescuing a girl I had a crush on (my Lois Lane) from a playground bully (General Zod). Reeve, to my mind, was the first real superhero.

Tom Hiddleston in Avengers AssembleTom Hiddleston as Loki in Avengers Assemble. Photograph: Zade Rosenthal

Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other’s, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.

I have never been more inspired than when I watched Harold Pinter speak in a direct address to camera in his Nobel lecture in 2005. “Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond with the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Some times you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost.”

Big talk for someone in a silly superhero film, I hear you say. But superhero films offer a shared, faithless, modern mythology, through which these truths can be explored. In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out…

(Click here to continue reading ”Superheroes movies like Avengers Assemble should not be scorned” @ The Guardian…)