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Avengers Assemble

aka The Avengers

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Iron Man and friends - ★★★½

So we’ve come full circle, the team has assembled to fight the greatest foe the world has ever known but will they be able to overcome their egos and squabbling with one another?

Director Joss Whedon takes the reigns for the latest Marvel incarnation and performs a fine balancing act between laughs and heart. He instils the picture with enough emotion, enabling us to empathise with the most unlikely of characters and gives us more laugh out loud moments than many of today’s comedies. It isn’t an easy task with six main characters, three side characters, two agents, one evil genius but thankfully no partridge in sight.

Pacing is crucial; you must get them together quickly enough so they have time to piss each other off, find common ground and then save the world. Whedon manages to accomplish all of this in about two hours resulting in a great urgency to the film. It wouldn’t hurt to have seen the Thor and Captain America films before going in as the bad guy Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes from Thor and is trying to harness the Tesseract seen in Captain America. Not essential but it gives you more of a back story and makes clear the actions being carried out by Loki.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man steals the show hands down, he has the funniest lines, coolest suit and knows just how far to push the boundaries of the character. Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury on the other hand is pretty ridiculous, it’s impossible to take him seriously and Samuel just seems to be playing the same characters in every film, the only difference here being the eye-patch. Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye adds some proper acting skills to the piece showing Scarlett (Black Widow) and Chris Evans (Captain America) how it’s done.

| o | - Ho ho ho green giant

So we come to The Hulk and his latest incarnation; Mark Ruffalo. This is where the biggest problem for me arises, no real explanation is given as to why Hulk would even join a team like this being the very definition of a loner. Another element that is just skirted over is how he is able to transform whenever he feels like it, needing no real catalyst. Now I’m no comic book scholar and am sure all this is covered in the books but a little bit of an explanation would have been nice. Where has the hulk who likes lonely road-side walks gone?

I went to see it in 3D (the proper way to see films had sold out) which didn’t add anything, the only really noticeable piece being a gun protruding from the screen. It occurred to me that the film might work better on a small screen. Now hear me out, of course the sound is brilliant in the cinema and you get the real force of the special effects but there is an awful lot of heart here and I feel it’d be easier to take Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson) waxing lyrical about old-fashioned on the small screen. I can easily imagine repeat viewings on a Sunday afternoon.

Snappy dialogue, good set pieces and lovable characters result in an entertaining culmination of the avengers movies. Cue sequel.

USA  /  Directed By: Joss Whedon  /  Written By: Joss Whedon  /  Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner  /  142min  /   Action, Adventure   /  Release: 26 April 2012 (Irl/UK), 4 May (US/Canada)

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Páraic

Páraic wanted to be a gangster as far back as he can remember. Brought up on a diet of films he was too young to be watching by his brothers, all things 80s teens thanks to his sisters and the classics by his folks he's turned into a well-rounded (maybe a little too round) film lover. Only recently discovering North by Northwest, he longs for a train journey with a beautiful blond.

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