The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

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The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:45 am

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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby pip » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:13 am

AAARGH . Won't open in work :evil:
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Conforumist » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:15 am

BOUNCY, WHY DO YOU TEASE ME SO!!!
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:26 am

Director: Joss Whedon; Screenwriter: Zak Penn, Joss Whedon; Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson; Running time: 142 mins; Certificate: 12A


Bringing superheroes together might have been a bad idea. All that chest puffing and portentous bluster could suck the oxygen out of the Earth's atmosphere. Thankfully writer-director Joss Whedon keeps things wonderfully bright and breezy, making a long film whizz by faster than a speeding bullet.

This is a Marvel-only party, of course, which is why Superman is a no-show. Iron Man is their biggest hitter - at least in box office terms - and that means Robert Downey Jr is the star of the show. His greatest weapon is his sharp tongue, which he uses to steal scenes like there's no tomorrow. And there mightn't be, because an invasion of Earth is imminent.

Naturally, the egomaniac butts heads with the oh-so-noble Captain America (Chris Evans reprising his 2011 role) who's still a bit stiff after being kept on ice since World War II. Mark Ruffalo is the most subdued of the gang, but he has to be, or else he turns green and smashes stuff up (replacing Ed Norton as Hulk).

Chris Hemsworth returns as that other loveable lunk Thor, a year after his debut outing. It's his bad egg of a brother Loki who is the cause of this little get-together - again played by Tom Hiddleston, who manages the incredible feat of being scary and silly all at the same time.

The action is almost non-stop. Hand-to-hand skirmishes are slotted in between the major set-pieces; the first aboard the Avengers' floating fortress and the last in New York where they band together like the most audacious WWF tag team ever, pouncing upon an army of flying lizard things.

The end of the world may loom but Whedon creates a good time atmosphere, seeming to take inspiration from old WWII capers like The Dirty Dozen where the fun is as much derived from the rat-a-tat banter between the guys as it is from the big explosions and the butt-kicking.

Scarlett Johansson is drafted in from the Iron Man series to keep the boys in line and Jeremy Renner plays back-up for Loki as the archer Hawkeye (after a brief turn in Thor). She and he have a history in service, but otherwise there isn't too much backstory to slow things down.

Samuel L Jackson is the common denominator in all the above franchises, playing head of the planetary defence league SHIELD. Clearly, this film is part of a bigger campaign by Marvel (it's no accident that Thor and Captain America have closely preceded it), but the superheroes are affectionately portrayed, outweighing any cynicism in the venture.

Pernickety comic book fans may take issue with the light-hearted approach, gaps in logic and a clash of mythologies, but Whedon doesn't patronise viewers. He strikes just the right tone and where there are rough edges, he uses Iron Man's wry humour to smooth them out. The effect is totally disarming.
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:27 am

Conforumist wrote:BOUNCY, WHY DO YOU TEASE ME SO!!!



What? Why? Eh?
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby pip » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Cheers Bouncy :D
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Bouncy Castle » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:25 pm

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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby chris.ph » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:55 pm

ive got my ticket for next thursday :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby BatrickPatrick » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:48 pm

I'm not normally a marvel fan but I'm really looking forwards to this. Iron Man being the main reason for this...
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Ash » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:36 pm

Looking forward to seeing this!
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Penfold » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:12 am

To be honest, when I first heard of this I thought they were remaking The Avengers from the tv series with John Steed. :oops:

I must be showing my age. :lol:
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby pip » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:40 am

Its not too bad penners as the John Steed tv show only predates the Marvel comics by just over a year. :D
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Bouncy Castle » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:04 am

Not being a fan of the genre, even so, if Joss is involved I'm pretty sure it will be something special.
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby pip » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:10 am

Saw one trailer that made it look like something Michael Bay had done which worried me but a few of the other trailers have put me at ease. :D
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Re: The Avengers - The Digital Spy Review

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed May 02, 2012 10:23 am

Found this on the BBC boards:

Proper fangirls would have noticed the plot teaser during the credits at the end of the Avengers film. We'd already legged it by then but according to wikipedia.....

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Thanos appears in a scene played during the end credits of the Avengers film.He is revealed to be the one who provided Loki with the Chitauri army. When told by his accomplice (known simply as "The Other") that battling The Avengers would be to court Death, Thanos flashes an evil grin. Thanos does not speak in this appearance.


So there's your next plot seed right there.
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