Ingredients: One super villain, six super heroes. Boil well and add lots of action as well as terrific computer graphics and animations. Let simmer for a while and stir in some witty and funny dialogues. Result: Worthwhile, good and solid entertainment for the whole family – a must for every Marvel Comic fan.
It wouldn’t be the world of comics, Marvel comics that is, if there wouldn’t be a villain that dooms mankind and threatens to eradicate free will. This time, disaster is personified by Loki, Odin’s son and Thor’s brother (by adoption) whom we just thought to be stored away safely in the Bifrost Bridge after last year’s “Thor” movie. No wonder Loki got bored and escaped to mix up earthly mortals for a change.
A threatening catastrophe of this dimension calls for something more powerful than the UNO Peace Corps – and hence S.H.I.E.L.D was established, an international peace keeping agency. Very quickly S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) learns that although he reigns over a technical marvel that is a submarine, aircraft carrier and helicopter/plane all in one with a stealth device and an army of faceless soldiers and agents, he isn’t able to keep Loki (Tom Hiddleston) under control. Fury collects a Who Is Who of Marvel Super Heroes including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
It doesn’t come as a surprise that for the last one and a half hour of the movie we witness the mandatory fight of Good vs. Evil with a predictable outcome – of course the good guys win; and if you stay long enough through the credits you’ll get a glimpse of the upcoming sequel.
Despite all predictability this movie certainly has its moments. First it’s a really good action movie with lots of dreadfully realistic computer animation. The images of Manhattan sinking into rubble and debris look very authentic.
Second – can you imagine what happens when you expect six super heroes who are used on saving the world alone to work together in a team? Exactly, they clash. But not to worry, none of them suffers bruises except for their egos maybe. Director Joss Whedon did a great job by highlighting each hero’s strengths and flaws and choreographing their interactions as they start working on their group assignment.
Overall, this is a movie worthwhile to watch – not only for Marvel comic fans. It’s fast-paced, lots of action, terrific computer graphics and animations, witty and funny dialogues and some self-ironic insights into the psychology of megalomaniacs.
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