The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers

Release Date: May 4, 2012

Director: Joss Whedon

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans

Runtime: 143 min

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) make The Avengers. This film is pretty sweet.

The Avengers assemble to face off against the god of mischief himself, Loki (portrayed by Tom Hiddleston).

What does The Avengers have? Awesome visual effects; great characters; great direction; not the best plot. I can’t think of any other villains that they could have fought against, well villains of these superheroes. Magneto or a Batman villain could have worked, but of course that goes out of their section of villains. I just wasn’t feeling the alien invasion thing. Though, the action was incredible – and it prevented the viewer from becoming bored. The gags were really funny, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk added charisma to the film. The film casts a big box office shadow for upcoming super hero films like The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, so hopefully those don’t disappoint (I know those have came out, but I wrote this review a while back).

The only flaw of the film for me was the villain of the film, but the ensemble that is the Avengers is really great and the action sequences are really well done.

I really like the ensemble here, I’ve seen a minority of the films that led up to this (I’ve seen Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, but still have to see Iron Man 2 – I couldn’t get into the first – and The Incredible Hulk).

My expectations were high, from hearing all of the awesome things about it, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.  And I also viewed the film in 2D and not 3D, in which it was made for, so that may have taken away from my enjoyment. Granted, the film is still better than one’s average super hero film and was still really enjoyable and not overly flawed.

90/100

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Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday

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Edward Norton turned 43 yesterday, I know I’m late but he’s one of my favourite actors and I think he should get a birthday shout-out.

 You can catch Norton in theatres in the movie The Bourne Legacy or Moonrise Kingdom. He also plays in such movies as The Illusionist, where he plays magician in late nineteenth century Vienna; 25th HourThe Italian Job, a Hannibal Lecter film Red Dragon, and the pretty bad Death to Smoochy.

 He often plays characters that are usually very intelligent, but have troubled sides to them, like the films American History X where he plays a former neo-nazi skinhead, Fight Club and especially when he portrayed The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk

 Norton has been nominated for two Oscars, for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in American History X, and Best Actor in a Suppourting Role for his work in Primal Fear.

 Happy late birthday, Norton.