|The Avengers (2012) Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo|
The movie picks up where Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger left off. The military team S.H.I.E.L.D. has a box of unimaginable power called the Tesseract. Its stolen by Thor's brother Loki and, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), assembles a team of superheroes: man-out-of-time Steve "Captain America" Rogers (Chris Evans), flamboyant Tony "Iron Man" Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the fugitive Bruce "Hulk" Banner (Mark Ruffalo), master archer Clint "Hawkeye" Barton (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) the "demi-god" and super-spy Natasha "Black Widow" Romanov (Scarlett Johansson).
The assembly of the team happens quickly and the rest of the film follows their attempts to stop Loki from releasing aliens on our world similar to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. There's lots of in-fighting like a superhero version of Jon and Kate plus Eight. Only fewer diapers.
Writer director Joss Whedon's dialogue is crisp and fresh. He crafts some elaborate scenes that never get confusing or impossible. Unlike Jennifer Lopez' last video it feels believable. Even when a giant armored space whale is attacking the city you go along for the ride.
Iron Man is pompous and brilliant. Hulk is funny and scary. Black widow is deadly and skilled. Captain America is noble and corny. Thor is regal and conflicted. Agent Coulson is stoic and brave. Hawkeye has a bow and arrow...honestly, his character was the one I had the hardest time buying. Considering how long it took him to shoot an arrow he should have looked like a burnt Eggo waffle after the first firefight.
Overall, this is the biggest and most daring superhero movie ever made. The Avengers have assembled and we couldn't be happier. Is it perfect? No, but it's one of the top ten superheroes ever made and the number one superhero ensemble film ever made. It gets four stars.
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