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Avengers Assemble!

Written By: Harald Schossman

04/28/2012

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After the credit roll of last year’s Captain America those who stayed in the theater got a first glimpse of one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters. Now Paramount and Buena Vista have released The Avengers internationally a weak early to tremendous box office success. Do the Avengers live up to their hype?!

Well what could have been a tremendous mess, putting all of these superheroes four of which had their own lead film(s) together, actually turned out to be all we’ve been hoping for. Marvel fans will dig the fact that the story is based on the very first issue of the comic book “The Avengers,” almost 50 years ago where it was Loki, Thor’s brother, who was causing the trouble that brought all the Avengers together for the first time to defeat him.

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For in the film the evil Asgardian Loki (Tom Hiddelston) indeed does come to Earth intent on enslaving and ruling these “ants” as he refers to them by aid of an alien army. Reason enough for S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to call upon his scattered heroes and put the Avengers initiative at long last into action.

The Avengers is a delightful and entertaining superhero extravaganza that really doesn’t fail to please. Director Joss Whedon skillfully balances the screen time of all the leads, staying true to their respective personality. From Tony Stark’s witty narcissism to Captain America’s infallible sense of dutytheir arguing aboard the shield helicarrier almost rivals them taking on an alien army in the midst of New York or - when tempers flare - each other.

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Temper is what brings out the Hulk and this guy actually steals the movie. Even though he doesn’t appear until the second half of the film the Hulk makes his screen time count. Gone are the days where some lame digital animation tries to sell us on the green menace which - let’s be honest - never actually worked. Not only is he technically well executed, but the Hulk has some of the funniest moments in the film bearing comic animation yet still believable.

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Aside from Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor who all skillfully reprise their roles Scarlett Johansson really fleshed out her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow since her Iron Man 2 days. Being the only female hero and without superpowers she manages to hold her own in the light of her male heroic companions.Highly skilled both mentally and physically she packs plenty of deadly force.During her scenes with another highly skilled S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the audience will be let in on some of their backstory and get a glimpse of their longtime working relationship.

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At 142 minutes the film does take some time to build, after all the characters need to be introduced, but thanks to the jokey dialogue the rather basic story works surprisingly well. The Avengers is definitely a summer movie not to be missed, far better than Battleship in my opinion. Unfortunately since Iron Man 3 is still in the stage of preproduction, there’s no teaser at the end this time.

While the film has been shot digitally on Arri Alexa cameras (and a few scenes on Canon 5d Mark II) it has been converted into stereoscopic 3D. While the conversion is fairly decent, there is some distortion in low angle shots. 3D is not really a must for the Avengers if you’re tying to save a few bucks.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Corespondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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