Review: The Avengers

So, is this is the movie I’ve been waiting for ever since I’ve been a little kid? Yep and it surpasses any exception I’ve ever had.

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers puts Marvel Studios’ current superheroes all together for one fun-filled adventure. For comic book readers, the plot is kind of like a combination of Ultimates 1 and 2 (non-comic readers, you should pick of the trades of those two series because that’s the most plot I’m going to discuss). While not as gritty as the Ultimates, it grabs the overall theme of the Avengers and puts a smile on your giddy face.

Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) all do the usual outstanding performances but it’s both Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) who’s acting surprised and awed me. I walked in thinking that Johansson was going to be nothing but a fluff piece but she shows every side of the Black Widow that I wanted to see. Smart, sexy, cold and calculated, Johansson brings it all. Ruffalo fills the shoes of the past Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) rather well. I can’t wait to see more Hulk movies in the future starring him.

There is a little Joss Whedon put his own personal stamp on. There is dialog that you can tell is his style every now and then but that’s it. Also even in this film, Joss Whedon is still the guy who kills people.

There were quite a few things I was excited to finally see on the big screen: The Hulk and Thor slugging it out, the Helicarrier flying, the Chitauri invasion, Stark Tower, and special end credit scene with one Marvel Comics’ most feared villains (nope, you’re not get that spoiler from me).

Things I wish I could have got a little more of: Nick Fury, more of a normal Hawkeye, and Cap trying to cope more with his life in modern time. A boy can dream but I more than understand that they have a lot to work with under a time restraint.

When all is said and done, The Avengers is just an all around good movie. I love that fact that I left without feeling my childhood got raped (i.e. Wolverine Origin). It’s a great adventure blockbuster that I plan on seeing at least one more time in the theater in 3D.

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