THE AVENGERS (USA 2012)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

The Avengers—too much talking, too much preparation before action, and too little action for most of the film. On the up side, the casting department chose Mark Ruffalo for character Bruce Banner|Hulk, a vast improvement over the previous casting choices for this part: actors Eric Bana and Edward Norton. The film is not one of Samuel L. Jackson’s (character Nick Fury) better roles.

Storyline

It’s Good versus Evil as Nick Fury forms the Avengers to fight for Planet Earth against Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his attempts to take a transparent, sky-blue, cubic energy force—the Tesseract—to become earth’s ruling power. Loki’s brother, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), helps the Avengers to send Loki and the Tesseract to a better place.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director, Story and Screenplay Writer Joss Whedon. Thank you to Executive Producers Victoria Alonso, Louis D‘Esposito, Alan Fine, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee, Patricia Whitcher, and Jon Favreau for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Tony Stark|Iron Man (Robert Downy, Jr.), Steve Rogers|Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff|Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Clint Barton|Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Selvig (Stellen Skarsgård), and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Because, of course, there are audiences who love superhero movies despite script and/or timing flaws.

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