The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS FILM - DC

Di­rected by Joss Whe­don. Star­ring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruf­falo, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Chris Evans, Jeremy Ren­ner, Don Chea­dle, El­iz­a­beth Olsen, Aaron Tay­lor-John­son, Paul Bet­tany, Sa­muel L Jack­son, James

Spader, Julie Delpy The lat­est co­ag­u­la­tion of su­per­heroes find the gags wear­ing very thin. There is, of course, enough ac­tion to go around. Tol­er­ant afi­ciona­dos will savour the sup­pos­edly tan­ta­lis­ing in­di­ca­tors to fu­ture plot de­vel­op­ments. Jo­hans­son, Downey Jr and Ruf­falo all put shoul­ders to the wheel. But the Tulip Fever that is su­per­hero ma­nia must, surely, be close to break­ing. The pat­tern that goes “Bang, big­ger bang, RDJ quips” is par­tic­u­larly ex­haust­ing. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 141 min

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