Genre: Superhero, action, adventure
Running Time: 2 Hours 23 Minutes
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson
Synopsis: “Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in ‘Iron Man’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ is the superhero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series ‘The Avengers,’ first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ assemble in summer 2012″ (Walt Disney Studios Pictures Malaysia).
Verdict: A purely authentic superhero film that will certainly entertain all long time Marvel fans and those who liked the preceding films. The Avengers lived up to its hype. Tightly plotted, smart humour, epic action, amazing visual effects, and acceptably cheesy. Mark Ruffulo surprisingly turned out to be a great fit to the cast. Scarlett Johansson brilliantly adds much needed sex appeal without revealing much skin. However, the climax battle ending of the movie seems like a complete ripoff of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Manhattan again, seriously? The other downside of Marvel’s Avengers is that young children and those who did not see preceding films (Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Hulk) may feel very lost watching it. Also, I personally think that Captain America‘s (Chris Evans) mask looks very funny.
Second opinion: “It’s cool but I liked the beginning more than the end where the real battle begins” (Iris Loong).
To watch in 3-D? The film was converted to 3D in post-production and therefore, the effects are not obvious, even when it is seen at an IMAX cinema. So 2D screening would be best.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Questionable scenes: How does Captain America (Chris Evans) manage to find and get to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) when they are fighting each other in the woods? How is it possible for Bruce Banner to get to Manhattan just in time for the war? Not to question about how he manage to find the team so easily as well. He can’t seem control himself from beating everyone up after his first
Hulk transformation in the movie but later on at the end he seem to have full
control. This doesn’t make sense.
Asgard or whatever planet they come from… they all speak English.
Spot Stan Lee: It’s quite hard to miss him in this one. He appears at the end in one of the videos as one of people interviewed about The Avengers.
Mid-credit scene: Earth is now classified as a world that can’t be ruled by the other unknown realm. Thanos is revealed to be the next villain.
Post-credit scene: Apparently, this is only shown on the screenings in the US. Click here to watch it on YouTube before it’s removed.
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