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Avenging the Box Office - A review of The Avengers
When you have a foe this powerful, there is only one way to defeat him - make a bigger film!
Well, we heard the hype. We knew it was leading up to this. Our appetite has been whetted now for nearly four years.
The payoff was worth it.
The Avengers is a crowning achievement of film, bringing together great heroes, great actors and a fantastic script full of action and mayhem.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is back, and he's bringing friends with him to help conquer the Earth. The only thing stopping him is Nick Fury and his band of merry men - oh, sorry, wrong franchise.
Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a much more low key role for the prolific actor. Or at least he's forced to subdue the character for this movie, anyway. He may be pulling the strings, but the real heroes are definitely the four main characters who have graduated from starring in their own franchises to being part of a great ensemble.
Captain America (Chris Evans), the defacto leader of the superheroes, has his own uncertainties stemming from his time away, as it were, locked in a ball of ice.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is still as arrogant and scene-stealing as ever, throwing out his barbs and quips while battling his foes. It's easy to see why he wasn't supposed to have been officially invited to join.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) may be one of the most powerful of the heroes, but he's as standoffish as any of them. He may very well be the odd man...er, god...out, but he holds one of the keys to defeating his half brother..
Mark Ruffalo joins the group as Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk. He's probably the weakest member of the acting cast, although he plays the strongest of the band. Loki finds out, in one of the funniest scenes in the movie, why making Banner angry is not a good idea.
Also joining the cast is Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, a guy with great bow skill, and Scarlett Johansson returns as Black Widow, a russian babe who is also not to be trifled with.
The action is fast, furious and non-stop. It pauses briefly to allow us to catch our breath, then throws us mercilessly back into the fray for more mayhem. There's plenty of humor mixed in and sadly, one of the key recurring cast members unfortunately will not be returning for a sequel.
This movie is a great lead in to the summer this year. You have to stay for the closing credits, though. There are two scenes bound to elicit an audience reaction from Marvel fans. One will set up the next installment while the final scene is played strictly for laughs...and great applause from the audience I was with.
I love the popcorn movies of the summer and this one is just plain great. It's got the right mix of great characters and a terrific plot and it's true to it's core material. Comic book fans will absolutely love this movie. What more could anyone ask for? The next installment won't come fast enough for me.
I give the film 5 out of 5 stars.