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Movie Review - The Avengers (2012)

So how does one pose a threat to a demigod, a supersoldier, a person in an indestructible metal suit and a hulking inexperienced juggernaut? Well, you actually can't. But with a surplus of loud explosions, large battles, and limitless CG effects you'll be able to feign the proper quantity of journey to appease fans of such monumental clashes between good and evil. The Avengers keeps the ideas simple enough, but piles on therefore much mayhem it can become wearisome to those not previously invested in its subjects and willing to readily believe within the delirious events transpiring on screen. If you are not cheering by the time our gang of superheroes takes down a large mechanical space worm, you probably knew a while ago this movie wasn't for you.

As Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and therefore the agents of the key military agency S.H.I.E.L.D. try to harness the power of the extraterrestrial energy supply referred to as the Tesseract, the villainous exiled demigod Loki (Tom Hiddleston) returns to Earth to steal it. Along with the cube, Loki brainwashes and kidnaps assassin Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and scientist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) to help in his devious plot to overcome all of humanity. To combat this new threat, Fury reinstitutes his scrapped "Avengers" initiative and sets about gathering along the globe's greatest heroes - Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

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The posing, evil grimacing to denote villainy, and arsenal of 1-liners are at an all-time high in the Avengers, that works to assemble a cluster of superheroes that constantly compete for screen time, one-upmanship, and therefore the last laugh. The humor is really overdone, poking fun the least bit of the characters and situations to the point that audiences can in all probability question which absurdities they must be taking seriously. And that's detrimental during a film overflowing with fantastical silliness, both visually and from dialogue. It's unhealthy enough that despite gods and alien worlds, the extremely advanced technology remains unbelievable - and that jargon like gamma signature, thermonuclear, quantum, fusion, and cognitive recalibration sound so ludicrously forced for the sake of convincing viewers that the Avengers' instruments are beyond general comprehension.

Although it's not quite a sequel, it still solely feels applicable to live it up to films like Transformers three, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Iron Man a pair of, Superman Returns and therefore the like. It isn't as mind-numbingly nonsensical as a few of the aforementioned titles, but it doesn't look or feel original, and therefore the abundance of tricks and overwhelming destruction create nonstop spectacle without substance. Never once is there any real peril; this can be created upsettingly apparent with the inclusion of non-superheroes Black Widow and Hawkeye, who are simply too drastically inferior to go up against global catastrophes initiated by intergalactic alien wargods. With a whole lack of definition for the numerous powers exhibited by the antagonists and protagonists alike, their large demolition of Manhattan and battling one another for the title of "toughest superhero" means very very little. They might in addition all be invincible. No villain is formidable enough and no force threatening enough for these cartoonish CG-inundated extravagances to be sympathetic.