Marvel's The Avengers (Film) Review

Marvel's The Avengers

Released: 4th May 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 142

With a script that never forgets its heroes' humanity and no shortage of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype -- and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.

Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. -- (C) Marvel

David Sexton (This is London) said:
"If you like superhero movies at all, you'll absolutely love Avengers Assemble. It's got everything."
Peter Bradshaw (Guardian [UK]) said:
"It's an enjoyably absurd and absurdly enjoyable extravaganza, both delirious and surrealist."
Richard Corliss (TIME Magazine) said:
"The movie guarantees fast-paced fun without forcing anyone to think about what it all means, which is nothing."
Tom Huddleston (Time Out) said:
"This is as close as cinema gets to a fairground ride: it's shiny, noisy and exhilarating."
Justin Chang (Variety) said:
"Like a superior, state-of-the-art model built from reconstituted parts, Joss Whedon's buoyant, witty and robustly entertaining superhero smash-up is escapism of a sophisticated order."
Henry Barnes (Guardian [UK]) said:
"[It] carries the mark of a piece of expensively assembled fan fiction, albeit stitched together with a lightness and wit that will just about carry the casual viewer through two-and-a-half-hours of comic geek nirvana."
Todd McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter) said:
"Whedon pulls off a stunning feat in bringing balance to this superhuman circus, engineered to charm the geek core and non-fans alike."
Catherine Bray (Film4) said:
"Marvel's finest heroes finally come together to set a comic book franchise gold standard that will take some beating."
Robbie Collin (Daily Telegraph) said:
"Writer-director Joss Whedon has a magpie's eye for stealing other people's bright ideas, and an enviable knack for improving them."
James White (Empire Magazine) said:
"A joyous blend of heroism and humour that raises the stakes even as it maintains a firm grip on what makes the individual heroes tick."


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