Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012)

The Avengers ready for action. That’s Hawkeye in the background, which is where he spends a lot of the film….

There is a huge threat to Earth – an alien force led by the trickster god Loki, and the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) must assemble the Earth’s greatest heros to save the planet….

This is a very good action movie but when I saw this at the cinema (in 3D), I did find the first 30 minutes a little dull, and that was something I found again here. Once the film gets going though it’s great. There’s some very sharp one liners and amusing interactions between the heroes. I am not a big fan of the Iron Man films – I thought the second one in particular was terrible, but in this film Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) is one of the best characters, adding a lot of charisma to the group. The Captain America film wasn’t particularly good either but here he fits in nicely as the ‘straight man’ and it works well to have an old-fashioned hero in the group.

I particularly enjoyed the scene where Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) tricks Loki and you can’t fail to enjoy Hulk smashing things (and Loki!) up. Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki –  although unavoidably looking slightly ridiculous when he first appears –  acts his part well, and hams it up nicely as the villian.

Bad points: the design of the aliens is somewhat generic – they looks like rejects from the videogame Halo and ride around on weedy jet scooters (think the Green Goblin) hardly scary! Also since this is mainly an action film and with six heroes to represent, it does end up being a little shallow as a result. However the finale in new York is very special as an action sequence and if you are a comic book fan you will be in heaven seeing your heroes fighting together. It’s not quite as good as the Thor film in my opinion but.. it is still one of the best superhero films you will see. 7/10

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