Pardon the cliché, but this is indeed fun for the whole family. Even if you are not a fan of action adventure films, you can still appreciate the simple story line and the numerous gags throughout The Avengers.
This is not the kind of movie where you tense up during the action sequences. Just when you are beginning to hold your breath, the tension is broken by humor.
While discussing Loki, Dr. Bruce Banner observed, “You could smell crazy on him.” Thor cautioned, “Have care how you speak. He is my brother.” Black Widow explained, “He killed eighty people in two days.” Thor admitted, “He is adopted.”
The Avengers is the story of how the team got together. Though it was preceded by movies of three of the members–Iron Man, Captain America and Thor–you need not have seen any of these movies to understand The Avengers. Unless you just wanted more fun, action and adventure. Each of these movies stand alone, each with their own brand of action and humor. The individual movies, though, have more serious action than this one. This is more fun!
Attending this shindig is Tony Stark (Iron Man) played by Robert Downey, Jr. He brings his conceit and his dry wit to the party.
Clashing with his ego is the demi-god Thor, hunkily played by Chris Hemsworth. Both Thor and Iron Man have their own ego clashes with Captain America, a.k.a. Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans. Ego or not, team or not, none of the three are spared the crankiness of the Hulk, a.k.a. Dr. Bruce Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo.
By crankiness, I mean that all three have had an exchange of fist-blows with the Hulk. And with each other. But don’t worry. Whether they smash into rocks or buildings, they are basically indestructible.
None of them die. Not even the pleasant and shyly-handsome Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, who dies in the movie. He doesn’t actually die, as he emerges later in the TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where everybody greets him with, “I thought you were dead.”
Capt. America: We need a plan of attack.
Iron Man: I have a plan. Attack.
Two more members of the field team are Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, and Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlett is such a dish, even as she kicks a**. Her fighting style is uniquely balletic and beautiful to watch. And her sexiness is so effortless, as if she is unaware of it. She carries it so casually. As for acting, she can go from tough to vulnerable in a split second–very convincingly.
The Avengers get together to fight Thor’s brother, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Tom does not look very villainous to me, what with his young, smooth face. But the movie-goers loved him, and he was immediately propelled into superstardom. The exposure earned him the title Sexiest Man Alive from People Magazine, MTV News, Empire Magazine, and so on.
All I can say about him is that he is a good actor who is very suave, elegant and British. But, I repeat, he does not look like a villain. It’s a good thing his costume has horns, giving him a bit of an evil touch.
And thus, I highly recommend The Avengers to anyone and everyone, though I am aware that superhero flicks are more popular with boys. Even if your friend is strictly into chick flicks, she will not un-friend you for making you watch it with her.
I give this five hearts out of five. ♥♥♥♥♥