The Avengers: Supersize me!

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PHOENIX -- Plot?  If “The Avengers” has an Achilles heel, plot is it.  Or maybe it is woven from threads doled out over five movies over just as many years and it is all just too much for a mere mortal woman to keep up with!   But I think it’s a pretty fair assumption that movie goers are going for action not plot and for that they are rewarded handsomely.

An artifact discovered at the bottom of the ocean in a previous Marvel character movie proves to be the catalyst for an all out interplanetary war.  Thor’s bro Loki (Tom Hiddleston) represents the evil alien force that wants the artifact, a cube called the Teserak.  S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to keep it as a free energy source.  But the Teserak can also be used to open a worm hole that will allow the alien army direct access to earth.  To combat this super army, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembles his team of Avengers:  Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The action, while a bit much, is great. A submarine that maneuvers in the clouds as much as the sea and the streets of New York City are the theaters for destruction.  I myself saw a 3D version and to let you know how good the 3D was, I almost forgot that I was watching it in 3D!  It was sharp, clear and bright.

But truly the stars are the stars of the movie.  Robert Downey Jr. steals every scene he’s in but that’s not due to lack of trying from the others.  I found the most enjoyable scenes to be those that included the whole cast in verbal smack downs.  Though Tony Stark/Ironman’s is arguably the largest, all these super heroes have supersized egos.  The resulting banter is hilarious.  And Tom Hiddleston does a great job at oozing enough evil to make a legion of superheroes an absolute necessity for world survival.

The movie is long.  At 2 hrs. 23 minutes, I can’t help but think it could have benefitted from a little more cutting.  But you’ll want to stick around to the bitter end of all those credits if you want a sneak peak at who “The Avengers” will take on in the next installment of Marvel on the big screen.

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