Monday, May 7, 2012

The Avengers (2012)

Director: Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany (voice), Lou Ferrigno (voice), Powers Boothe, Jenny Agutter, Harry Dean Stanton, Stan Lee. 142 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.

I wasn't expecting much; multiple protagonists in one movie mandates dividing screen time between them, leaving no room for character development. But boy ... was I impressed. Whedon solves the problem by a show of in-fighting among the four superheroes during the first half, then blowing you away by mind-boggling action-packed scenes during the second, sprinkled by comedic moments. Expected more focus on Hawkeye, the cool never-before-introduced Avenger, but then like always, the narcissistic Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man steals the show. Even Loki the villain God was cool, calm and intimidating. Then again, is there anything here that's not cool?

WARNING!: If you don't stay till the end of the end credits, you're nuts. No! I'm not talking about the 1 minute midway through the credits where they introduce "Thanos", the Asgard villain from outer space. I'm talking about the 30 seconds at the very end of the end credits, which is by far the best post-credits sequence of all Marvel movies.

Mo says:


  1. I absolutely loved this movie! I even made the effort of travelling 30 miles by bus to see it in all it's glory, the 3D enhanced my pleasure no end. Unfortunately I went with a female friend who decided to leave as soon as the credits started to roll. Being a gentleman(fool)I left at the same time. Not to worry I will see the next Marvel masterpiece when it is released!

  2. The gentleman/fool comment was hilarious! My wife once did that to me during "Slumdog Millionaire" 's engaging end credits sequence, and I wanted to pull my hair out.

  3. Well your advice was followed successfuly and today I jumped to the other hall at the same time !... to see the scene after credits and I got but what that means???It was a behind scene?You didn't mentioned in the article of Avengers in World picture Journal either!

  4. It didn't mean anything! It was just, as we call it, "sare-kaari"! But it was the mos beautiful sare-kaari I've ever seen! Imagine fans waiting for such a long time till the end, thinking something important will happen at the end, and then suddenly ... that's what they get!