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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (USA/12A/142mins)
Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders.
THE PLOT: After a quick ambush at S.H.I.E.L.D HQ, seminal little brother Loki (Hiddleston) has gained control of the tesseract, a large, luminescent Oxo cube that not only has untold powers but can also open a portal to outer space. Where an army awaits. And so it is finally time for S.H.I.E.L.D. master Nick Fury (Jackson) to pull together the aborted Avengers programme. Because, who knows, this band of superhero misfits – including Iron Man (Downey), Thor (Hemsworth), Captain America (Evans), Hawkeye (Renner), Black Widow (Johansson) and the Hulk (Ruffalo) – might just be able to save the day…
THE VERDICT: Finally, a Marvel film that’s a bona fide marvel. Somehow, the great Joss Whedon has managed to pull off what many people thought impossible on screen, banding together a shipload of superheroes who would normally command the full 142 minutes running time to themselves, and getting them all to work together, as one. Beautifully. Majestically. Hilariously. The result is the year’s first truly kick-ass blockbuster, with a third act that delivers a ridiculous amount of spills and thrills, and slapstick. It’s the humour that really makes this film special, riddled as it is with plenty of those Indiana Jones just-shoot-the-guy moments and the sort of self-deprecating cool that made The Incredibles so damn near perfect. Finally with a blockbuster hit to his name, Whedon has set the comic-book blockbuster bar incredibly high here. RATING: 5/5
Review by Paul Byrne