Top 10 films of 2012 #8 – Avengers Assemble

Joss Wheddon also takes number 8 on my list with his summer blockbuster Avengers Assemble.

When it was first announced back in 2008 that Marvel was planning to release this movie many were sceptical, but after the success of the movies leading up to the film movie goers were buzzing with anticipation for the movie’s release in May and they were not to be disappointed.

In my opinion The Avengers has now set the bench mark for comic book adaptations. The Dark Knight trilogy is an incredible achievement and this year’s instalment was fantastic but it lacks the humour and fun that The Avengers offers. Wheddon took up one of the most difficult challenges in cinema, not only has he managed to make characters like Black Widow, Thor and Loki into household names but he’s also made them incredibly accessible, you don’t have to have any knowledge of any superhero franchise to enjoy this film and this is the beauty of it, it is sheer fun for everybody.

The interaction between characters in this movie is fantastic, witty, funny and occasionally extremely emotional Wheddon managed to bring everyone together nicely for this movie and not let one character overshadow the rest like many suspected would happen.

The big surprise of the movie was Mark Ruffalo’s turn as The Hulk. Notoriously difficult to film The Hulk has played film makers for many years, not even Ang Lee could get him right but in this movie he has received mass critical acclaim and has breathed new life into a character many thought would never work on the big screen.

Overall this was one of my favourite movies of the year and certainly the best of the summer blockbusters. Better luck next time DC. Rating: **** and a half

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