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Avengers"- (Movie Review)- (Wayne)
|| Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans,
Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremey
Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie
Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård
"The Avengers" delivers on the promise of the other
Marvel films with a rip-roaring adventure filled with snappy
dialogue, good performances, great action sequences and
terrific visual effects that supports a well written, directed
story from Joss Whedon. ***
SPOILERS: When an intergalactic threat spearheaded
by Loki (Tom Hiddleston)to obtain the mysterious and powerful
Cosmic Cube (a major plot point in "Captain America" and
seen, briefly, in "Thor") arises, Agent Nick Fury (Samuel
L. Jackson)is forced to call together a dysfunction team
of superheroes--Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America
(Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black
Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and,
later, Thor (Chris Hemsworth)to battle Loki and get the
Cosmic Cube back before Loki can obtain his objective--to
open a portal for an invading alien army. ***
Eventually the team gets past their dislike of each
other/rivalry to work as a team. They may not like each
other but they each have a role to play and embrace it.
Stick around past the initial credits for a surprise cameo
from a well known Marvel villian named Thanos (if you don't
know who he is--look him up. He appears in a number of Marvel
comics at various times and his character IS tied to the
Cosmic Cube so Whedon does a good job of combining elements
of the first issue of "The Avengers" with later comics).
END OF SPOILERS:
Image & Sound: Should you see it in 3D? The film was
shot with 3D in mind so a number of scenes benefit from
it but, quite honestly, it would work just as well as a
regular theatrical presentation. Still for a post-production
conversion, "The Avengers" looks pretty darn good in 3D
and (at least in the theater I was in) the lower light output
from the projectors that sometimes dogs these presentations
wasn't a problem here. That's a good thing since the night
sequences and those in space would be difficult to see otherwise.
The film is edited like a traditional film and the action
sequences set up that way as well so there is some blurring
due to the 3D effect but, again, it's not a major issue.
The audio is truly spectacular with a brilliant 7.1
mix that will positively immerse you in the film. It's a
very very active sound mix.
Joss Whedon has done a terrific job of assembling the
Avengers (pun intended) for their first big screen adventure.
The film is filled with strong action sequences that are
both well designed and executed. The continuity between
"The Avengers" and the previous Marvel films ("Captain America",
"Iron Man", "The Incredible Hulk", "Iron Man 2" and "Thor")is
well established and continued here (it helps that Whedon
did an uncredited rewrite on "Captain America" and even
worked on Ang Lee's much disliked "Hulk" plus Whedon is
a passionate fan of the Marvel comic books). ***
Are there flaws? Well, sure just about every movie
has one flaw or another. There are some plot coincidences,
holes that will bother those who are picky about that stuff
but what matters here (at least to me...your mileage may
vary)is the flow and how well put together the story is.
You can pick apart just about ANY movie. ***