at the movies: the avengers

The Avengers has to be one of the most hotly anticipated films of the season. It is the end product of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment and brings together several pre-established actors-as-heros including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America. Hulk attempts to recover from two recent (flop) films with Mark Ruffalo stepping in where Edward Norton and Eric Bana left off. Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Romanoff, as is Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

The basic plot of the film is that Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) wants to take over Earth and the superheros must come together as The Avengers to save the world. In reality, the plot just provides a vehicle for Joss Whedon’s trademark dry humour and some incredible action sequences. There were moments where the entire audience was laughing out loud in my cinema (and, remembering that I live in Switzerland where audiences are generally rather reserved, that’s saying something!)

The film comes in at 142 minutes, but the pace was kept fast throughout so it never felt drawn out or laboured. I loved it, the boy loved it and the obvious comic fans sitting next to us seriously loved it. This is one of those great films that fuses action and comedy perfectly so if you’re a fan of either genre, check it out!

The Avengers is in cinemas in Australia from today. It will be released on 26 April in the UK and 4 May in the US.

Rating: ****

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