'The Avengers' written and directed by Joss Whedon (Cabin In The Woods) has not one, not two, but six super heroes, who, under the leadership of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. come together to save the planet of course.
And thanks to the spot on direction of Mr. Whedon and his production team, they do it brilliantly. The film, shot in 3D, works on every level.
Not to spoil anything, here are the broad strokes.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) Thor's bro, who many of us met in the 2011 film entitled 'Thor', is still up to no good.
After his adorable blond brother, Thor, thwarted his attempt to overthrow the throne of Asgard, the super evil, power hungry Loki winds up somewhere in outer space. While there, he hooks up (not in the biblical sense of course) with these really ugly aliens known as the Kree Skrull, who would like nothing better than to invade earth. A perfect fit for Loki, who obviously has a major God complex and won't be happy until everyone on our planet bows down to him. The boy is in serious need of psychological help.
To make matters worse, Loki has gained possession of the Tesseract...aka... the Cosmic Cube. This device can destroy everything in its path, be used as an unlimited energy source and can open a portal to outer space.
Lucky for us, Mr. Fury has assembled a team of Super Heroes that we've all come to know and love to defeat these nasty invaders.
In no particular order, we have...Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., who once again gives us a tour de force performance. Steve Rogers/Capt. America (Chris Evans), the cute guy who emerged from a long deep freeze.
Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). One minute Banner is this brilliant scientist...the next...a not so jolly green giant with major anger issues.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlet Johannson) the hot, sexy, super assassin, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his trusted, Mjolnir (no it's not his exotic BFF...It's his legendary hammer)
And finally Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who can shoot a bow and arrow better than some Boy Scouts I know.
'The Avengers' not only has spectacular production values, super exciting action, a wonderful script (Zac Penn shares story credit with Joss) but the film is filled with a lot of humor, making it a must-see for everyone, whether you've read the Marvel comics or not.
I gave 'The Avengers' which opens in theatres, Friday May 6, 2012 5 bagels out of 5 and John, came pretty close with his rating, as well. Yes, there are movies he likes, after all!
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