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4 out of 4 stars
I can only describe this movie in one way: INCREDIBLE!
For a comic book collector as a kid and a big fan of superhero movies as an adult, I had the highest expectations for this film and it definitely delivered. Director Joss Whedon successfully pulls together the greatest team of superheroes from prior hit movies and creates an action packed story line with top-notch special effects and fast paced action scenes.
The Avengers -- Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) -- are pulled together to fight and defeat Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is bringing an army of alien warriors to take over Earth. Although it's a typical comic book story line, the great acting by an all-star cast and the character interaction makes it completely work. They have a great chemistry that shows throughout the film, from fighting each other to the fun back-and-forth banter that will have you laughing out loud.
The film's finale provides a breathtaking, nonstop, whirlwind of action that blisters through the streets of New York City like no other movie. Although the movie is two and a half hours long, it's so entertaining it makes you beg for more when it ends. There's a reason it smashed the opening weekend box office record. If you haven't already, go see it.
-- Ken Gamble, Lawrenceville
4 out of 4 stars
"The Avengers" continues where the movie "Thor" left off. Loki, the god of lies and mischief (Tom Hiddleston), is alive and has sought refuge on another planet. He has consorted with these aliens to invade Earth and rule its people.
This evil plot is revealed to S.H.I.E.L.D., a defense organization run by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who decides to assemble Earth's superhuman heroes to defend the planet, The Avengers -- Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the god of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Tensions run high when the heroes literally butt heads with one another but eventually they all come together.
There is lots of action when the heroes flex their powers against one another and finally against the real enemy.
-- Gail Nunez-Blackshear, Lawrenceville
3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Wow, what madness is this. Comic book geeks (and everyone else) are assembling in droves to catch what may be the funniest and definitely the funnest comic book-based movie ever.
The nearly two-and-a-half hour movie flies by, thanks to tight editing, economic writing and the familiar tongue-in-cheek acting by its main acting draw, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man. His constant barrage of quips adds some levity, which is important when your script relies on cosmic beasts, demigods and something called the Tesseract (Cosmic Cube).
Come to the movie for Iron Man, whose pre-Avengers movie was really the class of the bunch, but stay for the big green guy. The only thing this movie is missing, really, is a bit more of the Hulk. The CGI is phenomenal, but it's what director Joss Whedon does with him that makes Hulk such a draw. You will want to see Hulk smash again and again.
The most pleasantly surprising aspect of this movie is the comedy. The laughs in "The Avengers" outpace those in most of the comedies released in the last decade. Make sure you stick around all the way through the credits for not one, but two cut scenes (one decidedly more important to comic book fans than the other).
At both showings I attended, random rounds of applause broke out during the movie. Clapping in a movie theater? Go see this one and you'll see why.
-- Jeremy D. Beauchamp, Lawrenceville