All hail the A- Team

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

Di­rec­tor: Joss Whe­don ( Seren­ity) Star­ring : Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruf­falo, Chris Hemsworth, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Jeremy Ren­ner, Tom Hid­dle­ston All he­roes, no ze­roes

NOT only is The Avengers the su­per­hero movie we had to have. It is the su­per­hero movie you have to see.

This epic ac­tion picture pos­i­tively pulses with panache, wit and ex­cite­ment through­out.

Up­com­ing US sum­mer block­busters such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Amaz­ing Spi­der- Man had bet­ter be at the peak of their pow­ers to match the ab­so­lute blast that is The Avengers.

This movie marks the cul­mi­na­tion of a long- term plan by Mar­vel En­ter­tain­ment to trans­form their elite sta­ble of comic- book crime­fight­ers into box- of­fice su­per­stars.

Af­ter achiev­ing mas­sive suc­cess with movies de­voted to Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr), Thor ( Chris Hemsworth) and Cap­tain Amer­ica ( Chris Evans), it’s time to get these big guns fir­ing as one.

That’s right: the ex­plo­sive bang- for- buck fac­tor of The Avengers is det­o­nat­ing by bring­ing to­gether three top- flight su­per­heroes in the one movie.

Bet­ter still, The Avengers re­stores the rep­u­ta­tion of one of Mar­vel’s fallen stars by un­leash­ing The Hulk ( now played by Mark Ruf­falo) into the fren­zied fray.

As an added bonus, pe­riph­eral play­ers from ear­lier Mar­vel pro­duc­tions – such as Nick Fury ( Sa­muel L. Jack­son) and Black Widow ( Scar­lett Jo­hans­son) – are fi­nally given some hell to raise.

With­out giv­ing too much away – the in­spired man­ner in which writer- di­rec­tor Joss Whe­don springs the el­e­ment of sur­prise is the trump card of the film – the all- star en­sem­ble must thwart a pos­si­ble world- end­ing scheme de­vised by Thor’s vil­lain­ous brother Loki ( Tom Hid­dle­ston).

In bring­ing their blood feud to Earth, the war­ring gods have left open a mys­ti­cal door that puts the mor­tal world in dan­ger.

The plot might sound silly, but it makes per­fectly com­pelling sense when placed in the as­sured hands of a crack cast.

Downey Jr, in par­tic­u­lar, is back in rip­ping form af­ter a lack­lus­tre dis­play in Iron Man 2. He sup­plies an in­fec­tious comic spark that lights up plenty of en­joy­ably fiery in­ter­play be­tween the ego­cen­tric ma­jor play­ers.

The wel­come in­clu­sion of Jeremy Ren­ner as rogue marks­man Hawk­eye also pre­vents the movie from ever slip­ping into a rut.

It is not of­ten you can say this, but The Avengers is one $ 200 mil­lion- plus event flick where not a sin­gle cent has been wasted.

The spe­cial- ef­fects work is spec­tac­u­lar, es­pe­cially dur­ing two awe­some set- piece bat­tle se­quences.

The first, aboard an air­borne weapons car­rier, is bril­liant enough.

The sec­ond, an all- stops- out skir­mish on the streets of a busy city, will leave view­ers gasp­ing for breath.

Over­all, The Avengers is a fist- pump­ing cause for cel­e­bra­tion for comic- book hard­lin­ers and ac­tion fans alike.

FIST- PUMP­ING: Thor ( Chris Hemsworth) and Cap­tain Amer­ica ( Chris Evans) join forces in Mar­vel’s The Avengers.

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