PG) The Avengers
Walt Disney Pictures.
Running Time: 143 Minutes.
2 and a half stars out 4.
SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS START HERE WITH MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS.
Marvel's The Avengers is a movie which needs no introduction. It is a comic book fans dream movie, and is going to WIN BIG AT THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND! Why, because it is a superhero movie based on 4 very successful hits that consist of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk. The movie is about "The Avengers" who are all brought together by S.H.I.E.L.D DIRECTOR Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to fight in a war against Thor' step brother Loki and his so called army.
It is 2 and a half hour of entertainment. Yes this movie has many flaws and It does not reach the calibre set by my personal favourite superhero movie "The Dark Knight" but it does have it's moments. I could not give a long synopsis without fear of spoiling. I recommend you go see this movie, like the rest of the world in the theatres and in IMAX(which adds effect). The 3D is useless and besides maybe 2 moments where you get something popping at your face, it adds nothing and you can easily tell it was a conversion, at moments if you moved in your seats it became blurry .
Now going in to the film, I had not seen Thor, or Hulk, but had seen the delightful Iron Man Films and the disaster that was Captain America: The First Avenger. The movie is not without its flaws. Mainly, its boring villain, predictable plot, and pacing.
My flaws were the 3D,and that Hulk sits aside for large portions of the film, and since Bruce Banner brings most of the humour deserved to be in more scenes. If you have not seen previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films than you might be confused but eventually you will understand, what is happening, but you might end up like me confused for the first 15 or so minutes.
I also found that the filmmakers had trouble with giving each of the many "AVENGERS" a good moment. To me Iron Man felt like the lead, with the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America in a lesser supporting roll.
Unfortunately the hype does not oversell The Avengers, and to me it had enough humour, and enough intense action. With today's technology you see action scenes in every movie, but the special effects, and CGI are breathtaking. The movie is a nice opener to Summer Movie Season, and the film itself is very good.
Joss Whedon's screenplay and direction is brilliant, and memorable. His screenplay really touches on how each superhero has a different personality, and how they all conflict with eachother. This made for great laughs. Whedon also adds silent moments of just raw emotion that leave you speechless.
*Stay in your seats past the credits!