The Avengers ****

Running time: 142 mins Certificate: 12A

 

Synopsis: When Loki (Hiddleston) launches an attack on Earth,  S. H. I. E. L. D. boss Nick Fury (Jackson) decides to assemble the talents of Captain America (Evans), Bruce Banner (Ruffalo), Thor (Hemsworth) and even Iron Man (Downey Jr.) together into one elite fighting team. 

 

Based on Marvel’s original comic series, the Avengers tells the story of a group of Superheroes brought together to save the world from aliens. The main characters are played by an all star cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo with a Samuel L Jackson in a supporting role as Fury.

 

The highlight of the film for sure is Mark Ruffalo’s performance as the Hulk. The mannerisms and facial expressions shown by Ruffalo are similar to those of the original Hulk and the makeup used to transform him into “the other guy” is well done. While no one acts badly in the film, none of the other actors really stand out in terms of performance.

 

The Avengers has great action scenes with the beginning and end of the film being made up of 20-minute action sequences. The use of guns, aeroplanes and elaborate moves from the superheroes give these scenes the “bang pow” effect members of the audience would have visualised when reading the original comics.

 

Special effects in the film are top notch, particularly in 3D. Scenes featuring the alien army and the destruction of New York city look very realistic, as do the explosions that occur during the movie. Sporting 3D glasses allows the viewer to see objects such as arrows and planes jumping out of the screen which adds to the experience.

 

While these effects and action packed scenes make the Avengers a must see for all fans of action movies and comics, the thing that lets it down is the lack of story. There is not a lot of dialogue or character development. However this works as the film is driven by events as opposed to characters.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Watt

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