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"The Avengers"- (Movie Review)- (Wayne)
Wayne Klein
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Sci-Fi Release: 5/7/12
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremey Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård
Joss Whedon

"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). ---


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.

Final Words:

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. ***



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