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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers by Joss Whedon, 2012 (PG-13)

with Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Chris Evans (Puncture, Captain America: First Avenger), Mark Ruffalo (Margaret, The Kids Are All Right, Shutter Island), Chris Hemsworth (Snow White and the Huntsman, Thor), Scarlett Johansson (We Brought a Zoo), Jeremy Renner (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Bourne Legacy, The Hurt Locker), Tom Hiddleston (The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, War Horse), Clark Gregg (Thor), Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård (The girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Thor, Melancholia), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany

An all-star lineup of superheroes -- including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor -- team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?

What to expect from a superhero movie? A good mission, great special effect, superpowers, hope, some reference jokes for aficionados, a little geek spirit to it, violence, action, a lot of action. What you do not want from an superhero movie: Romanticism, realism, serious lesson in the end. It is OK to have some drama, but not too much. It gets better when you have a cross-hero moment, feels like an old-fashioned Marvel comic book, the ones from the 80's (maybe earlier for some of us...) Anyway, funnily, Marvel has been over-producing lately, between "Thor", "Captain America", "Iron Man II", so it was perfect timing to make them meet finally in what could be the continuation of all of them at once. It was well done, funny, entertaining, and sometimes, we just need some bad guys to have their asses kicked (reference to the hilarious scene of Hulk taking care of Loki).


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