|Go get 'em, tigers|
The plot is pretty simple: Loki (the presumed-dead, adopted dethroned prince of Asgar) returns to earth, this time intent on snuffing out human freedom through world dominion. At his side, he has the frightening and militaristic Chitauri, but he doesn’t have the means to bring them to Earth. In comes the Tesseract, the mythical blue cube with never-ending energy that can split open space and bring Loki’s soldiers raining down on the unsuspecting people of the world. In order to stop him, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury soon realizes that he’s going to need to put a team together: Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, taking over for Edward Norton), and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye comes into play later in the film, but we don’t want to spoil how. With the aide of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), can this team step up (2 the streets) and save the day, or will personality clashes and secrets tear them apart before they can even avenge anything?
|Nick Fury: Scenes from a helicarrier (with Maria Hill)|
|In Point of Fact, You Won't Like Him When He's Angry|
|The Hulk, Hanging Out with Loki|
|Thor and Tony Stark/Iron Man feel each other out|
There is a time to nitpick some of the things we didn't like about the film (Captain America was boring and seemed to be wearing makeup, there are a few plot points that make very little sense or are dropped completely for no reason, Jeremy Renner is the personification of watching paint dry, it is occasionally pretty clumsily directed), but that time is not now. The film is a great melding of the films that proceeded it, combining the gravitas of Captain America with the fun of Thor and the witty banter and well-executed fight sequences of Iron Man. More than that, though, the film never forgets to focus on character, even amidst blaring sounds and enormous explosions. All of the characters interact with each other in meaningful ways over the course of the film, and during the final battle, everyone is on full display, not just their fighting styles but their mannerisms, core ethics, and differently tuned moral compasses. The film's message is about individual choice and freedom, and the film never loses sight of that. It is a great feat for such a large, imposing film.
Go see The Avengers, if you're one of the three people who hasn't yet.
Film Rating: 5 out of 6 Superheroes fighting for humanity (We're docking it 1 Jeremy Renner)