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May 6, 2012

Superheroes save civilization

by Mimi Verdonk, Online Sports Editor
What do a green monster, a hammer-wielding Viking and an espionage-agent-like Scarlett Johannson have in common? Definitely not strange hair and accents. Somehow these three, as well as many other classic Marvel characters, come to life together in "The Avengers," a blockbuster superhero film reminiscent of the comics of yesteryear. Though the return of the Hulk or Captain America may lure an audience in with its action scenes, viewers will stay for the plot and humor as well.

The Avengers

(released May 04, 2012)
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The Avengers are back to save the world in this superhero smash hit.
The movie opens with a remotely located facility being evacuated as Loki (Tom Hiddleston), brother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), steals the tesseract, a cube that has the power to destroy the world. Naturally, the Avengers are called in, a group comprised of all of Marvel's classic characters including the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), who have been frozen for more than half a century. Though the group has the power, both literally and figuratively, to stop Lokiís antics, would their egos stop them from saving the world?

Great direction and an excellent cast are just two of the highlights of this movie. Director Joss Whedon had an excellent vision, putting scenes that had once been only drawings on a comic book into a cinematic masterpiece. The actors come with just the right amount of star-appeal and down-to-earth touch. Mark Ruffalo takes on the role of the Hulk effortlessly with his anger penetrating through the screen. Chris Evans, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, is nearly flawless in his role as Captain America (which he played in the 2011 release of the movie by the same name), as was Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow) who spices up her role as just another super-heroine. Finally, Robert Downey Jr. adds to all the action with his comedic relief, making the movie a perfect balance of action and humor.

The graphics of the movie are impeccable. Perhaps it was my view from the first row, but all the action scenes and special effects feel tangible and 3D, even without having to pay the two extra dollars to see it that way. The fight scenes are artistic, much less gory and gruesome but rather riveting, as the characters fight back and forth, destroying buildings and causing fires in the process.

The movie's only downfall is in the plot, which was great, mind you, but only if you knew anything about comics. Though the plot kept my interest, as a person who never read Marvel as a kid, the references sometimes fell on deaf ears. Still, the 80 percent of the movie that is understandable to outsiders is well worth the $10 admission fee.

Comic fan or not, superhero or civilian, "The Avengers" is a must see film. With upcoming releases of "The Dark Knight Rises" as well as "The Amazing Superman" within the next two months, "The Avengers" is the right way to jump start a superhero-filled super summer.

"The Avengers" (142 minutes) is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. Now playing in theaters everywhere

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  • Evan K. (View Email) on May 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM
    I thought the director's name was spelled 'Whedon', not 'Wheadon'?

    What is this "Amazing Superman" film coming out this summer? I don't think I've ever heard of it.

    And when you refer to the movie's graphics, you mean its special effects, correct?
  • NK (View Email) on May 7, 2012 at 8:24 AM
    it's the amazing spider-man
  • Good job, but... on May 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    Thor isn't a Viking. He is a Norse God.
  • Anna on May 7, 2012 at 4:59 PM
    AHHH no mention of Hawkeye? He's the best!

    Also, The Amazing Spiderman is the one coming out this summer. Man of Steel is scheduled for a 2013 release.
    • Janice on September 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM
      i know right! Hawkeye was great! I loved this movie :)
  • Rachel on May 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    This movie is getting me excited for the new batman movie. SCO should definitley review it as soon as it is out!uldreco 79
  • Jessica on May 8, 2012 at 10:39 PM
    I loved this movie! I especially loved Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki.
  • anonymous on May 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM
    mimiiiiii. this was sooooo goood. and thor is sooo hot hahaha
  • Peter A on May 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM
    Awesome review, Mimi! I just saw the movie today, so I couldn't judge your review until then. You gave a great description, but you did botch up some of the descriptions of the superheroes. Also, I liked Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Mark Ruffalo was definitely the best, though. :-)
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