First off, I want to briefly discuss Thor. I was okay with the first movie but there was something… Not likeable. After seeing The Avengers I’ve grown to like his character more. Thor just seemed a little generic and bland to me in some parts of Thor. His brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was infinitely more entertaining. It could have been the emotional depth they put to his character.
Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is the same way; he’s in there a little more. Even though it isn’t as much as the others, he’s still brutally efficient. Where do I start on Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury? We all know he’s already a bad-ass and holy crap, he shows it here. Don’t mess with him. And the Hulk, portrayed by a subtle and versatile Mark Ruffalo was great. If you look closely you can see the giant green monster has a five o’ clock shadow. That was funny to me.
Everyone is brilliant. All of them have hilarious lines (especially Captain America trying to get culture references). Even during the action scenes humor is shuffled in to keep you- and I- amazed and in a constant adrenaline rush. The thing is; this action is clear. You can actually see everything happening. It isn’t the stupid close ups where you see a few flying body parts (attached mostly) in blurry movements.
This is two and a half hours of fun, excitement, crisp dialog too boot. I also loved the setting and special effects.
PS: For gods, Loki and Thor get their asses kicked a lot. Secondly, avoid the 3D version like bubonic plague. I don’t believe in post-production conversions because they never work. Cool? Cool, now go assemble at the theaters as soon as possible.
***** out of *****