Release year: 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Screenwriter: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Alexis Denisof
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Visual Effects. 4 Saturn Awards: Best Sci-Fi Film, Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), Best Director, Best Special Effects.
When Loki (Tom Hiddleston) appears and steal the tesseract out of the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembles a team of superheroes to save the world.
Directed by Joss Whedon, best known for creating tv shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, this is the ultimate superhero movie, gathering most of the big superheroes from the genre’s recent movies; Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and introducing the team of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Mark Ruffalo doing whatever it took for someone to finally nail The Hulk. With lots of charm and the exceptionel dialogue we know from Whedon’s tv shows and Toy Story (1995), for which he co wrote the screenplay, a highly entertaining movie has been created. Though it is a plus to have seen the movies that goes before it, Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Captain America (2011) and Thor (2011), it delivers a strong enough story to stand alone. Everyone in the movie seems extremely dedicated to their character and delivers strong performances with a glint in their eyes. Especially the chemistry between real life best friends Downey Jr. and Ruffalo is felt in their performances as the two geniuses bond over computers. There is a lot of action and brilliant figthing scenes first as the heroes knock the edges off each other and later when the big battle between Loki’s army and the Avengers takes place. Speaking of Loki. It might seem lazy to bring back a vilian allready seen in Thor, but Tom Hiddleston does such a great job that it almost would have felt like a waste of time to not bring him back for one more go. The length of the movie means that besides the action scenes, there are time for getting under the skin of the characters, especially when they team up in smaller groups where we watch them bond and develop friendships therebye developing the characters. Though made strong by a brilliant script, great performances by charimistic actors and excellent dialogue, the movie must put up with having every scene stolen where the Hulk is in his mean green mood, as the green monster delivers some of the best, funniest and most memorable scenes. Simply amazing and a must see for every superhero fan and highly recommendable for everyone else.
Robert Downey Jr. kept food hidden all over the lab set and as nobody could figure out where he hid it, they ended up just allowing it. When he is eating in the movie and offering food to the others, it is his own food and he is simply eating because he is hungry and not because it is scripted.
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