After what seemed like an eternity, I finally got to watch this movie today. I’ve never read a Marvel comic in my life but I’ve been waiting for this movie ever since the first trailer came out. Needless to say, I’ve been expecting great things from it but somewhere along the lines things changed.
After the movie came out, it generally got positive reviews but there were also a few negative ones. My problem is that I’m greatly influenced by others’ opinions and sometimes it is hard for me to keep them from overriding my own. So I sat down for this movie with mixed expectations.
In the first 2/3 of this movie, the negative reviews kept haunting me. The movie takes a while to take off and there is a gradual build up towards the final battle. But what a battle it is. The last 1/3 of the movie more than makes up for the slow beginning and makes everyone who thought the movie was bad just sound downright silly. The final battle is ridiculously epic and leaves you thoroughly impressed and satisfied.
Everyone in the movie acted well but Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo in particular stand out for their excellent portrayal of Tony Stark and Dr. Bruce Banner, respectively. As I mentioned, I haven’t read the comics but I have a feeling that these actors did great justice to their characters. Scarlett Johansson looked utterly gorgeous as Natasha Romanoff, as one would expect, but also had a pretty robust role in the movie and wasn’t just someone who stood around and looked pretty. Others had their moments but never truly stood out as these three did.
Another thing I really liked about the movie was the humor, which was absolutely top notch. Since Tony Stark was in the movie, I expected a few quips here and there but there were a lot more than I expected and they were always well timed and extremely well executed. In other words, the exact opposite of the humor in the Transformer movies, which still makes me cringe. The humor was also the part that kept the first 2/3 interesting for me.
Overall, I’d say if you haven’t watched the movie yet, watch it. It does not matter if you are not a comic book fan. It does not even matter if you haven’t seen the previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (although it would greatly help if you do). This movie needs to be watched for great acting, superb humor and an explosive climax that stays with you long after you’ve left the cinema hall.