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Marvel's The Avengers, Worth Every Penny
By Patrick Oliver
May 2, 2012 - 17:42

Studios: DW Films, Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Studios
Writer(s): Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Zak Penn, Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Rener, Mark Rufalo, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Lou Ferrigno
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Running Time: 142 mins
Release Date: 4th May 2012
Rating: PG13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Genre: Superhero Movie



Just as I couldn't imagine anybody but Charon ferrying souls across the river Styx, there is no way I can now imagine anybody but Joss Whedon having brought the Avengers movie (Avengers Assemble in the UK) to the big screen.

 
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I watched the movie tonight after a series of fortunate events. I went with some work friends and sat in a full movie theatre. The atmosphere was good natured and friendly. Once the film started there were a few whoops and yells, but not too many thankfully. We wanted to be able to enjoy it properly after-all.  

Now I'm not going to go into details - as this is a quick review to give you my initial impressions - but I will say this movie was very well acted, had lots of action (of course) and great one-liners (they'll be popping into your head again on the journey home). There is, as you would expect from a Joss Whedon movie, great character interaction, introspection and dialogue. And the man knows how to shoot action. This is a film that rattles along at a wonderful pace without feeling at all rushed. We are allowed to really enjoy what unfolds on-screen. All the characters are handled well. Even the smaller roles have good character development and get a chance to shine.

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When we left the cinema we were all smiling. I looked around at the crowd emerging from the theatre and everyone else was laughing and smiling and chatting (some animatedly) happily about what we'd just seen. My workmates and I all agreed that it was a fun movie and that we'd enjoyed it immensely. For me, personally, it exceeded my expectations. Oh, and definitely stay until after the credits you won't regret it.

 
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Joss Whedon and the gang have put together a fantastically entertaining movie. It had a budget of $220 million and it has already surpassed that at the box office. Whedon has the option to do a sequel. I really hope he takes it up.  



Rating: 9.5/10

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