So, there’s a new movie out, called the Avengers. You might have heard of it. I confess to knowing, well, almost nothing about Marvel or comics in general, but I still wanted to see this movie. It looked fun, and I’m one of those people who loves a good, fun action movie. And boy was it a good, fun action movie.
I’m not going to go too much into the plot. You can find it on most movie websites, and, if you go see it, things should be clear enough. Just know that Loki is the main villain. Overall, I really liked the movie. The action scenes are made of awesome, and the tension is maintained throughout the film. There were moments when I wasn’t sure things would pull out, and I liked that bit quite a bit. However, the awesome action scenes weren’t the only high points of the movie. For one thing, I really liked the interaction between the cast. The movie doesn’t just have tension between the villains and the heroes, but among the heroes themselves. I liked that; all of the cast have their problems, and everyone plays off each other so well. There are humorous instances like The Hulk punching Thor after they’ve been fighting together, or instances where there is a clear danger in their interactions, such as The Hulk losing it in a flying aircraft carrier (not sure why it’s there. I suspect someone demanded a cool base, and got it). The interactions between all of the cast are clever and witty. Since Joss Whedon directed it, I am not entirely surprised that all of these good things were there, but I am still glad that these aspects were in that movie.
Another high point for me was Loki as the villain.
I am definitely more of a Norse mythology buff than a Marvel fan, but I was excited that Loki was the main antagonist for this movie. When I saw the teaser at the end of the Thor trailer, I was super excited. However, what I wanted to bring up was how well Loki was portrayed. Tom Hiddleston, the actor, did a fantastic job. I thought this Loki was very much like the one that appears in Nordic mythology–he was complex rather than straight up evil, even if his actions were not condoned by the morals that governed the film. He was also clever and completely chaotic. I’m sure that no one else cares about this portrayal of Loki as much as I do, but I still wanted to throw that out there as another high point.
So Avengers…go see it.