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The ultimate superhero movie

Adam Bub, MovieFix
Buffy creator Joss Whedon took on the ambitious task of roping in five larger-than-life superheroes from five Marvel films and the annals of comic-book history. Each has a different back story, universe and mood.

The Avengers fits these pieces of the puzzle together to create something remarkable: a superhero movie that entertains, excites, explodes, and even takes time to examine itself, and the world in which we live in.

In case you're not up to speed, Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) of secret agency S.H.I.E.L.D. enlists Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and new hero Hawkeye (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol's Jeremy Renner) to form an elite superhuman force to stop Thor's megalomaniac brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army from taking over earth. Loki intends to use the Tesseract, a force of unlimited energy, to conquer mankind.

One reason The Avengers works so well is that it doesn't treat the audience with contempt. The first half of the film is purely devoted to character development, and while the action set-pieces bulk up the second half, the quirks of each hero are never lost amid the CGI and explosions. That said, the 3D enhances what are already some of the best action scenes on film.

Another factor is the humour. Ever the gleeful fan-boy, Whedon jumps from Star Wars references to superhero self-parodies (Thor and Loki's "Shakespearean" idiom is one target) to screwball put-downs. Superhero film by name and costume, playful comedy by temperament.

The ensemble cast is in top form. Hiddleston channels Heath Ledger's Joker in a standout performance as Loki, while Johansson gets a chance to go deeper into her Iron Man 2 character's psyche.

Even the smaller parts are pitch-perfect: Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Stellan Skarsgard as scientist Erik Selvig.

Like DC's The Dark Knight, Avengers overlays the superhero narrative with meditations on human freedom and the abuse of power. There are allegories aplenty: Loki's mission to oppress humanity echoes Hitler and modern-day despots. The war over the Tesseract parallels our own fight for an endless energy source on earth. But who deserves to harness its power and for what motives?

The most prominent metaphor lies in the Avengers themselves. They are a revival of faith in 'the old-fashioned stars and stripes' that the US once represented.

Whedon is smart enough not to chest-beat this message. He adds the caveat that even good intentions can't be taken at face value.

On that note, do yourself a favour and see The Avengers. Hot tip: stay after the end credits.

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Your Reviews

Jo
Jo
OMG! I finally watched this last night and it was fantastic! Each of the characters gets their moment and they share the screen time equally. Really funny & action packed. Loved the way they used the Hulk in the end and Hawkeye def pulls his weight (some ppl challenged his contribution to the movie). Love love love - cannot wait until the sequal!!
Taylah
Taylah
Really, Really good movie! 8)
Josh The-cartoonist
Josh The-cartoonist
Great movie loved it...... AVENGER'S ASSEMBLE :)
Kite
Kite
Funny, smart, fast-paced, excellent acting, fantastic visuals, great characterisation... I could go on & on! Loved it.
patty
patty
good show i like iron man
kristy pump
kristy pump
it is the best movie
A
A
Excellent special effects. Actors great, especially Robert Downey Jr. Funny and Exiting. Just a tad over the top at times.
Nick
Nick
Easily the best superhero movie I have seen cant wait for Avengers 2. There is something about The Avengers that makes you sit there and want to shout "smash him Hulk, Go Cap, shoot the bastard down Iron man!!!! etc." It is exciting, action, adventure, sustained story line, It is well made, and is truly deserving of its up and coming sequel in the forseeable future, hopefully about 2015, seeing that Iron Man 3 And Thor 2 are 2013 and Cap America is 2014, Avengers 2 will hopefully be 2015, It should be cuz Avatar 2 is 2016, it would be wise to release Avengers 2 before Avatar 2 cuz there would be alot of tension between the 2.
OMG. Like Totally...
OMG. Like Totally...
Saw the movie last week, still cannot get over how good it was. Not only was it a great Superhero Movie, but an outstanding War Movie, a brilliant Action Movie and possibly even a fanatastic Comedy Movie. Can't wait for another Marvel Movie, if that is the sort of films they're going make from now on.
Tash
Tash
Best movie I have seen in a long long time laughed all the way through not cartoonie amazing.
sonia gould
sonia gould
i thought the movie was the best movie i seen so far
excellent
excellent
saw it last night was really entertaining, will be going to see it again soon
longtime
longtime
have waited 42 years for this moive worth wait
Roko
Roko
If you are a male, breathe and have a brain then this is by far the most awesome movie ever! You do have to be familiar with the back stories to understand the chemistry and friction between these heroic and flawed caracters, still this is the best ever. HULK RULES!!!
Ben
Ben
So good, funny and gripping.
Brandi-girl
Brandi-girl
Omg, just saw the movie today. Such an awesome movie! And funny, total bonus!
Just saw it...
Just saw it...
BESTMOVIEEVER
OUTSTANDING
OUTSTANDING
There are not enough stars available; definately the movie of 2012. My only complaint is that the team that put The Avengers together haven't done a standalone Hulk movie, which they definately, DEFINATELY should. Truly awesome and actually made the 3D worth paying the extra for. I will defintely be seeing this in cinemas again before its run is over. Well worth the wait!

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