Written and directed by Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Gwyneth Paltrow, Powers Boothe, Jenny Agutter, Jerzy Skolimowski, Harry Dean Stanton, Alexis Denisof. (PG-13, 141 mins)
The kickoff to the summer movie season is a wet dream from geek god Joss Whedon, on quite a roll with this and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. I should mention up front that I've never been a comic book guy, I don't know the extent of everyone's backstory and the best I can do is generally keep Marvel and DC characters in their right camp. I have no allegiance to Stan Lee. I have no opinion on how much Jack Kirby got screwed. Perhaps ignorance is bliss, but I'm just here to see the movie. And it's a blast from start to finish.
|Ruffalo and Downey|
|Tom Hiddleston as the evil Loki|
There's not much else to say that hasn't already been said. I've enjoyed recent Marvel films like IRON MAN (probably the best until now), CAPTAIN AMERICA, and THOR (IRON MAN 2...not so much), but have never really felt a need to revisit them. THE AVENGERS, even more so than IRON MAN, really gets it right and for once, I can't wait to see it again. Just terrific fun all around. (Seen in regular version, because I just don't go for post-conversion 3-D)