The Avengers

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avengersWhat do you get when you take the director (Joss Whedon) best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer – and you give him $220 million to make a movie? Oh, and he’s seen Transformers, because there’s a lot of stuff that looks like it was taken straight out of that.

The Comic Con crowd will be happy seeing the super heroes team up. We have Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Hawkeye (not Alan Alda, but Jeremy Renner).

My favorite actors in the movie have smaller roles: Harry Dean Stanton, Powers Boothe, and Stellan Skarsgard. The credits list Don Cheadle, but I don’t even remember seeing him.

Gwyneth Paltrow has a small part, and it’s fun watching the talented Clark Gregg and Samuel Jackson working together.

Jackson runs S.H.I.E.L.D., and when a porthole is open in the sky and humans Earth is attacked, the team is quickly assembled.

This is the movie everyone is going to race out and see this weekend, and most of the crowd will be familiar with all the characters. If not, a lot of the premise won’t make sense. I’m guessing it’s most important that you see Thor, since it’s his brother that is the main guy leading the charge against the helpless humans.

Watching the super heroes meet is fun. They trade barbs with one another and many of the jokes in the movie work. It makes the middle section of this film, which I found boring, a bit more tolerable. At two and a half hours, and with a long battle at the end, I just sort of checked out.

Watching buildings being smashed, guns being fired, and cabs being thrown into the air…just gets old quick.

Basically, there just isn’t much of a story here. I think it was also hard to have so many protagonists to play around with; although we do come away thinking it’s the Iron Man/Tony Starks show.

I made fun of Transformers for being a film with great visuals, but poor acting and dialogue. This movie has great acting, slightly better dialogue, and yet I still wasn’t that impressed.

Instead of watching a Joss Whedon movie, I’d rather listen to a Joss Stone CD.

This gets 2 out of 5 stars.

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