THE AVENGERS
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey
May 3, 2012

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SYNOPSIS: Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers -- the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

THE AVENGERS

Fans of the Marvel Universe are going to absolutely love it. This of course is the end result of what was set up by the two IRON MAN films, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA. The stars of these films are, of course, Marvel characters.

Moviegoers who dig big-ass, CGI-heavy, scifi action flicks are going to be in hog heaven as well. Think “TRANSFORMERS in Tights” -- though this film is much better.

Fans of comic book/superhero movies -- and I consider myself in this group -- are going to get a kick out it too and it’s certainly a fine addition to the comic book/superhero film genre.

Yes, it was rather cool to see the team come together in the third act -- and Act 3 is indeed badass! Hell, The Hulk -- and I’ve always been a fan of The Hulk -- absolutely steals the show! I won’t tell you how, but trust me, it’s both awesome and hilarious at the same time.

Look, THE AVENGERS is not a game-changer, nor would I put it on the same shelf with the best films of this category -- like THE DARK KNIGHT, SPIDER-MAN 2 and SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE for example. But it’s definitely on the shelf below.

So what prevents THE AVENGERS from being a considered “great?” Well…

There are no character arcs for any of the, um, characters. Yes, I know. The arcs came in solo films -- but this is a separate film and the lack thereof is a glaring omission.

The plot is predictable and cliché. And that's OK -- but predictable and cliché doesn't come with greatness.

The plan of the main villain (Thor’s brother Loki) and the attack on New York City (by a bunch of metal insects from another “realm“) in the climax isn’t very clear. Despite the fact that I saw all the lead-up films, I found myself thinking “What the hell?” at times. I can only imagine the trouble non-geeks like me (i.e. "Average Joe Moviegoer") will have deciphering this “evil scheme.”

Hey, I’m certainly not trying to rain on the parade of anyone who loved this film; nor am I suggesting that this is a “rental only” for cripessakes. It is what it is -- a wonderful, well-done, popcorn superhero movie. In fact, if we can now accept that label as a sub-genre, then I believe THE AVENGERS certainly one of that lot's best of.

Oh yeah, one last thing...

Make sure you stay through closing credits 'til the very, Very, VERY end. Trust me.

GRADE: B+


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