All hail the A- Team
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.