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The Avengers: Review

Posted 17/09/2012

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The Avengers
With a movie this eagerly anticipated by this dedicated a fan base, the most amazing stunt for ‘The Avengers’ to execute is just living up to expectations. And this superhero epic, directed by geek icon Joss Whedon, actually surpasses them—it’s as phenomenal as even the most ardent Marvel fan could hope.

‘The Avengers’ finds evil alien/deity Loki threatening the planet—and while there’s a lot of pseudoscientific sci-fi jargon thrown around to explain why, it’s really just a welcome excuse for an awesome band of superheroes to team up and defend the Earth. The crew comes together at the behest of peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, as badass as ever). And what a crew it is: There’s Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, easily the best big-screen Hulk we’ve seen yet), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Pretty impressive lineup of talent for a comic book movie!

The spectacularly imagined action sequences and FX are breathtaking. The epic battle sequences and intense hand-to-hand—or in Thor’s case, hand-to-hammer—duels will keep you on the edge of your seat. But what really sets ‘The Avengers’ apart from most franchise blockbusters is the incredible cast and the witty, winking dialogue. It’s great fun to see the Avengers, with their disparate personalities and backgrounds, play off one another—like sarcastic, ultra-modern Tony Stark, Iron Man’s billionaire alter ego, against Captain America, a straight-laced World War II hero who’s out of place in the present.

Wisely, Whedon doesn’t bog down ‘Avengers’ with a lot of explanation of the characters’ backstory or how they’re all connected, since that would probably stretch the movie to four hours (and anyway, if you don’t already know these guys, what’s wrong with you?). But even non-diehard geeks get an immediate feel for the strengths and foibles of each of these power players.

‘The Avengers’ delivers major thrills and more than does justice to Stan Lee’s iconic characters. Parting advice: Don’t get up and leave when the credits start to roll!

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