Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr.; Chris Evans; Mark Ruffalo; Chris Hemsworth; Scarlett Johansson; Jeremy Renner; Tom Hiddleston; Samuel L. Jackson
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to form a team that must stop Thor’s brother Loki from enslaving the human race.
The hype delivers with this perfect start to the hotly anticipated summer movie season of 2012. Why did I ever doubt Joss Whedon’s ability to flawlessly direct a big budget super hero flick? (Well, he technically has no experience.) His “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” might have been the most underappreciated TV series from the 1990’s. Joss Whedon adds the spark and the snark familiar with the show to the well-done comic adaptation. Now, I couldn’t imagine anyone else not directing and co-writing “The Avengers.”
Many aspects of ‘The Avengers’ re-sets the bar for comic book adaptations including the stunning action sequences, the witty banter, tongue in cheek references. However, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk was the highlight of the film as the best character and performance. Whether jumping on fighter jets or providing comic relief at a key moment, Ruffalo holds his own as the new face in a crowded field of familiar characters. No wonder Ruffalo signed a multiple picture deal with Marvel. I look forward to see what he accomplishes with the series the most.
Rating 8.5 out of 10.