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Movie Review: The Avengers

The Avengers: It would seem incomparable, and worthy of superlatives. A collaborative, star-studded summer blockbuster if there ever were one; an undertaking that was set up by numerous movies, studios, and stars; one of the most anticipated movies by the most people in years.

The Avengers, the Joss Whedon-directed, celebrity-filled, superhero orgasm of a movie is finally out, and at first viewing, is something quite spectacular. A spectacle truly in and of itself, the epic, soaring, and extravagant film welcomes to the screen some of the more notable fictional superheroes and a many of reality’s notable stars.

With so many actors that would command their own movie–Downey Jr., Evans, Jackson, Renner, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, and even Johansnon—the person who brings them all perfectly together is Whedon. Allowing for each star to have their time on their own to impress is an incredible undertaking, but it seems flawlessly done. Moreover, Whedon knows the money shots. It may be clichéd at times, but our heroes walking together towards the audiences are simply memorable, never mind when all six heroes are poised to fight in an exciting finish.

In some films it is a vice that you seen an actor on the screen an immediately recognize them as the real person and not the character, but in The Avengers, it is to its advantage. We do indeed see Robert Downey Jr., but we see Iron Man as well. Chris Hemsworth is another actor that just seems to fit the part—in his case, an impetuous brute of a demigod. And while some in the audience may not know or care enough of the back story of the two assassins Black Widow and Hawkeye, it’s okay that they are seen as (the very attractive) Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner ultimately because like the heroes of the film, the stars are part of a shared effort.

Mark Ruffalo is worthy as the new Hulk, and next to Downey Jr., may be the best cast. He offers a resigned, humble, but wise Bruce Banner, no longer struggling with who or what he is. He is brought on board because of his brains, not his brawn, but as you may have guessed, the Hulk does break free. Ruffalo and Downey Jr. are fantastic on screen, and in another, more whimsical world, a 30-minute sitcom starring the two of them hanging out being really smart, rich, and neurotic would be a fantastic show.

The scenes between Banner and Stark are representative of the best parts of the movie. It is not the action that is the most memorable; it’s watching the characters without their costumes meet and greet one another, sizing one up and trying to figure each other out. Some question others motives, while others team up surreptitiously, and yes, fight each other.

Initially seemingly feeble, the villain, Loki, brother of Thor and God of mischief, comes into his own, earning his spot on a crowded screen. Though is he is never so menacing to elicit pure hatred and wish for his horrible end, he is delightfully evil, and fits perfectly in with the tone of the rest of the film which is one of pure, movie-going fun.

And ultimately, it’s a movie. It’s not realistic, it’s not deep, but it shouldn’t be. It tries towards the climax to make you care about innocent bystanders, but there is no room for pedestrians and passersby. So satisfying and nearly perfect in tone and style, the two-and-a-half epic is thoroughly enjoyable and is a rare flick that you can’t help but smile throughout. If you can’t embrace a movie that is so full of stars that so encapsulate their heroic counterparts, a film that is so sweeping in size and scope, then why even bother going to the movies anymore? Join in the excitement.

If you are still unsure, please check out my five reasons why you need to see The Avengers at Scene Creek.

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