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The Avengers VS The Dark Knight Rises

NB: This is a review of The Avengers combined with a comparison of this film to The Dark Knight Rises. You can check out my review of The Dark Knight Rises here.

So I’m way behind the times and I’ve only just managed to watch The Avengers but I have to say I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. Sure, it’s a pretty spectacular movie with the right script, the right cast, the right director, yada yada yada, but I still can’t shake the feeling that it was hyped up to be a lot more than it actually was. It probably doesn’t help that I saw The Dark Knight Rises before seeing The Avengers as I was so completely mind blown by that I don’t think that another film will live up to the high bar that TDKR has set up in my brain.

Now before I write this review, I have something to admit. I haven’t seen The Incredible Hulk or Iron Man or Thor or read any Marvel Comics about any of the characters mentioned in this film. The only film that I had seen was Captain America, because let’s face it, Chris Evans is super hot. I was worried that I perhaps wouldn’t quite understand all of the characters or what was going on in this film but you don’t really any need superhero movie knowledge prior to watching this film. I was also worried that perhaps the combination of so many brilliant characters would be an onscreen disaster rather than masterpiece, but thankfully it was the later.

This film starts off with Loki (Thor’s brother) stealing the Tesseract, an alien source of energy, and threatening to enslave the entire human race with the help of an extra-terrestrial army. In order to combat this, Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson), the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D, a covert government unit, assembles together a group of superheros, collectively known as ‘The Avengers’. The Avengers is made up of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Things don’t go as smoothly as Nick Fury hoped as it’s hard to get all the members of the team to cooperate and get along with each other which they need to do in order to defeat Loki.

I had been putting off watching The Avengers for a number of reasons, primarily because I hate Robert Downey Jr. and anything to do with Iron Man, which, incidentally, I haven’t even seen. I’m not really sure why, but I just really don’t like him as an actor and the Iron Man movies never really appealed to me. However, after having seen The Avengers movie, I am now a pretty big fan of Robert Downey Jr and he is definitely my favourite Avenger. Another reason why I prefer TDKR to The Avengers is probably because I hated Robert Downey Jr/Iron Man, just as much, if not more, than I hated Christian Bale/Batman, but I didn’t feel the same sort of epic transformation after watching The Avengers as I did after watching TDKR.

The other actors in The Avengers were also brilliant. The brilliant thing about all the actors in this film is that they were all so versatile. They could all play their characters in a funny way and in a serious way and they also managed to preserve their characters’ unique  personalities even when The Avengers had all come together.  I’ve never heard of the Black Widow in my life so I’m still not really sure what sort of character she was supposed to be, but Scarlett Johanson did a kick-ass job. I can’t really single out any actor for being particularly impressive, apart from Robert Downey Jr. as I mentioned above. If I had to pick one of the character’s as the leader of The Avengers, it would definitely be Tony Stark, as you can see above he is even in the forefront of the movie’s poster. As far as I’m aware he wasn’t officially  a leader, but it sure felt like he had the biggest role to play and had more of a grip on the situation than the other characters. All the characters had mini sub-plots going on but the one that was the most prominent, and the only one that I can really remember, was that of Tony Stark (yay romance!).

The CGI effects in this film were pretty impressive, though I didn’t see this film in the cinema, so some of the impact of them was lost on me. This film involved quite a lot of extra-terrestrial interaction which is quite hard to pull off well because in most films everything just looks completely fake, but it was all authentic-looking in The Avengers. There is a particularly large battle scene towards the end of the film when an entire city is pretty much wrecked as the Avengers battled Loki’s army and it looked like a real battle could have just taken place. There are also quite a lot of robotics and high-tech-looking things in this film which also looked like they could have been real which made the whole film so much more believable. Again, I think TDKR beat The Avengers on this front because the CGI effects in that made my jaw drop and I didn’t get the same reaction whilst watching The Avengers, but they were stunning nonetheless.

I was surprised to see that Rotten Tomatoes gave The Avengers a rating of 92% and The Dark Knight Rises a rating of 87% when I believe that TDKR was as good as, if not better, than The Avengers. I think the reason for this is probably because The Dark Knight was seen to be the best in the trilogy by many that it was nigh on impossible for The Dark Knight Rises to compete with it, whereas The Avengers some average to amazing superhero characters making this film better than anything Marvel had come up with before. As you can see both movies have incredibly high and impressive ratings and it is pretty difficult to compare these two movies as they have completely different tones. The Avengers is quite light-hearted and funny as well as action packed whilst TDKR is serious, deep and mindblowing (as well as action-packed). These are both brilliant films and I wouldn’t say that either one could outright beat the other; however, I personally preferred TDKR by far and in my opinion it ticks more of a film critic’s boxes.

I could ramble for days about why I prefer TDKR to The Avengers, but I don’t want to bore you. All in all, both are absolutely phenomenal films that are an absolute must watch. They both incredible casts, directors, CGI effects, plot lines, they’ve got it all. The main difference between the two would be the overall tone of the films. The Avengers is the sort of film I’d watch when I’m in the mood to be entertained but TDKR is one I’d watch when I’m ready to be completely mind-blown.

Who’s seen either/both of these films? Which is your favourite?

If you liked this post, check out these:

The Dark Knight Rises Film Review
Batman Begins Film Review
Inception Film Review 
Captain America: The First Avenger Film Review

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35 Comments

  1. CrazyCris
    24th January 2013 / 7:19 PM

    I've seen both! In the cinema, and on the small screen, so I can confirm the special effects are better appreciated on the big screen!

    I for one can't compare them… would be like comparing apples and oranges! They have a completely different tone, different points of view (one is centred on a lead character, the other an ensemble), plus one is ending a trilogy the other starting a series (even if it is building on other films).

    I think I liked them both equally! :o)

    And now you have to go watch Iron Man and Iron Man 2 so you can enjoy the full effect of Tony Stark! Robert Downey Jr is truly brilliant in that role! :o)
    You can skip Thor, it was fun for the first half, then very blah!

    • Laura Hartley
      24th January 2013 / 9:16 PM

      I'm really disappointed that I missed out The Avengers on the big screen 🙁
      I know they're really hard to compare but there was just so much drama about which would be considered the best film of 2012 that I couldn't not share my own thoughts on the matter. It was more of a comparison of how each one made me feel afterwards haha
      Yes, yes! Plus, Iron Man 3 is on the way out so I've got to get a move on!
      I though Thor might be a disappointment, which is annoying because I've been a fan of Chris Hemsworth ever since he was on Home and Away (yes, I watch crappy Aussie dramas haha).

  2. Cindy
    25th January 2013 / 2:14 PM

    I saw The Avengers first but The Dark Knight Rises is definitely my pick as well! The whole thing was just absolutely spectacular compared to The Avengers where parts of the story line didn't make sense – hello what happened to the Hulk??

    • Laura Hartley
      26th January 2013 / 9:12 AM

      Exactly! I didn't think that it was particularly good at tying up the loose ends at the end of the movie. Then again, as Chris says above, TDKR was the final installment in a trilogy whereas The Avengers was the beginning of one. TDKR still rules though! ^^

  3. Jamie Espina
    27th January 2013 / 12:34 PM

    I prefer The Avengers but because of this post i would try to watch the Dark Night Rises and compare those two movies i was just wondering why you're not impressed about the Avengers tho? It's a really awesome film especially Stark and Captain America's romance. Jk.

  4. 30th March 2016 / 2:22 PM

    I don’t think I’ve seen either of these! I’m not a huge fan of comic book films, there seem to be SO MANY of them these days!

  5. Rachael Phillips
    30th March 2016 / 7:17 PM

    I’ve seen both and loved both too. I don’t know what it is, I just love the comic films lol and yet i’ve no interest in comics what so ever

  6. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    30th March 2016 / 8:02 PM

    I’ve not seen either of these I don’t think! I will have to check them out 🙂 H x

  7. 30th March 2016 / 8:08 PM

    I have to admit I like both of these movies, however Avengers perhaps just wins it for me. x

  8. 30th March 2016 / 8:52 PM

    I quite liked The Dark Knight but I’ll give the Avengers a miss – not my kind of thing.

  9. 30th March 2016 / 9:50 PM

    This is a really good breakdown. I liked the Batman series and The Avengers gave me hope for comic book films but the second one let me down.

  10. 30th March 2016 / 9:52 PM

    I absolutely love both of these movies, but I edge more towards avengers x

  11. 30th March 2016 / 11:11 PM

    I’m not really into the marvel comics so I’m not sure I’d be into this film, although no doubt I’ll watch it at some point!

  12. 31st March 2016 / 12:46 AM

    I am not a fan of movies like these normally but they sound good x

  13. Adina Mera
    31st March 2016 / 1:57 AM

    I loved both of these movies, but can’t beat Batman! For some reason, he is the greatest! lol

  14. Laura x Loves
    31st March 2016 / 2:21 AM

    Love both of these movies! I love marvel, but gotta with batman on this one x

  15. Eloise Maoudj-Riley
    31st March 2016 / 3:04 AM

    I’ve always been a Batman fan (especially with Michael Keaton), I love that man part bat! He can rescue me anytime : )

  16. 31st March 2016 / 10:06 AM

    Ooh I totally disagree I didn’t enjoy TDKR but I’m a massive Avengers fan!

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  17. 31st March 2016 / 12:19 PM

    My favourite was the second one rather than the first even if it made slightly less money. I am a big fan of DKR too the special effects and the acting was fantastic.

  18. tp keane
    31st March 2016 / 3:32 PM

    I’ve never really been a fan of the avengers.. although I do quite like Thor… eh hem. It’s great to get someone else’s insight into the movie.

  19. Anamika Ojha
    31st March 2016 / 6:22 PM

    My husband is a huge fan of Avengers. I am going to share your review with him.

  20. 31st March 2016 / 7:23 PM

    I agree, I think TDKR was way better. I was so disappointed with the Avengers films though, especially as Joss Whedon was involved (I grew up on Buffy and Firefly!) xx

  21. Kerry O'Byrne
    31st March 2016 / 7:32 PM

    I absolutely loved the dark knight rises! I’ve seen both films but that is my favourite.

  22. Tori Gabriel
    31st March 2016 / 9:40 PM

    I haven’t seen either film as I’m not really a superhero fan. Saying that though, my hubby forced me to watch Ironman and I really enjoyed it. Therefore I’d quite like to watch The Avengers. Myst give ut a try.

  23. gilbert Mutange
    31st March 2016 / 10:14 PM

    Haven’t yet watched any of the movies but I will make an effort to get them. I really love a good movie and from your review they sound interesting.

  24. 31st March 2016 / 10:45 PM

    I loved the avengers movie big time and I think it brought the characters from other franchises together quite nicely

  25. Janella Panchamsingh
    1st April 2016 / 2:38 AM

    Avengers was the greatest movie ever!

  26. Ana Fernandez
    2nd April 2016 / 3:01 AM

    I think my husband loves more the avengers but i would go for the ark Knight !

  27. Tanya Brannan
    2nd April 2016 / 8:30 AM

    I’ve not seen either of these films, but the avengers sound like something I’d be likely to Watch!

  28. Hannah Malanga
    2nd April 2016 / 8:05 PM

    My husband dragged me to watch the Avengers in the cinema when I was pregnant, it was so busy and we sat right at the inside end of the row… the film seemed to drag on forever and I couldn’t get past everyone to go for a wee haha I am not a fan of films like this, I am much more of a horror and comedy kind of person

  29. Sharon Beauty
    2nd April 2016 / 11:02 PM

    Avengers was a nice movie. I still prefer to watch movies in animation now a days. But that’s just me hahaha!

  30. 3rd April 2016 / 12:02 AM

    I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen either of those movies but they are just not my style. I’ve heard they’re great though!

    La Belle Sirene

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