Review: THE AVENGERS

By Renee Collins

 

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Well, it is a shear impossibility not to have seen or know anything about this film, because it is being advertised everywhere, and I mean everywhere.  Not surprising since it is the first of the year’s blockbusters to hit the screens.  Believe it or not, I only saw the television trailer before I saw this film because I didn’t want anything to be spoiled. 

 

The usual characters return, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Stellan Skarsgard as Selvig, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.  We do see a few new faces and characters not previously seen in the other super hero films; Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/ The Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye.  All the good guys join forces to fight the bad aliens who want to invade and conquer Earth lead by Loki (Hiddleston). Tho’s adopted and disgruntled. 

 

The writing, story line and excellent acting (by all those involved), take this film to the next level for me because it blends together so well.  Each super hero has his strength and they are brought out individually throughout the film.  Many of the elements that I relished in their individual films (Iron Man I, Thor and Captain America) were brought out strong here as well, which I believe is what makes this work.  None of the main actors get lost in the mix and the addition of a few more only enhanced the overall greatness of this film.  I attribute all of this wonderfulness to Joss Whedon, director, co-writer and producer extraordinaire.  In my opinion he is a genius and is just what was needed to make this an extraordinary film. 

 

I must mention the spectacular special effects, in a word; WOW!!  Yet again, everything that I enjoyed in the previous films appears here and work to enhanced the story.  I also must mention the aliens because one of their big ships resembled a fish moving through the air as if in water; great idea.  No expense was spared obviously because they knew it was going to be a huge blockbuster.  I saw this film in 3D but I cannot believe that it is any less spectacular in 2D.

 

The writing is superb because even though thinks happen as one might expect, Whedon and his team are able to add a layer of humor that makes it even better.  They are simple one liner or simple acts that just make the viewer laugh loudly, I know I did. 

 

In a word; spectacular is what I would call this film and I would recommend it to anyone.  I also believe this one is worth seeing on the big screen.  I look forward to the sequel and only hope that Whedon is involved in some way.

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