This week saw the release of Marvel’s next major blockbuster, The Avengers. I have never really liked The Avengers as a comic book, so I wasn’t really that excited to go see the movie. The Avengers movie may be from an alternate universe though, because it’s a pretty damn awesome rollercoaster ride.

Wait? Rollercoaster ride?

Yes, because as much as I loved The Avengers, there are some pretty damn big plot holes and almost deus ex machina moments. The thing is, you don’t notice them until after the movie because, despite these flaws, the movie is a ton of fun!

The Avengers sees Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, The Black Widow and Hawkeye come together to take on Loki, who’s back for revenge. Loki is not alone, and has allied himself with a cybernetic alien race called the Chitauri. Loki and the Chitauri are after the Tesseract, a cube that contains unimaginable power (and was first shown briefly after the credits at the end of Thor). Shield was trying to harness the power of the Tesseract when Loki takes it and several key Shield members. What remains of Shield and The Avengers need to track the Tesseract down before Loki is able to harness it’s power.

So what makes The Avengers so great?

  • Despite the plot holes, the movie makes a good effort to give depth and screen time to each of the main characters. This is probably why it weighs in at two and half hours, but never feels like a long movie.
  • The action sequences are all top notch and manage to top the action scenes from the origin movies. I never thought that they’d figure out a way to top the Grand Prix transformation scene for Iron Man 2, where I just about geek-gasmed in my pants, but they did.
  • Great comedy. The banter between this mix of characters is fantastic. As expected, Tony Stark gets the majority of the best lines, but there are still a lot of funny scenes with no sign of Iron Man.
  • Solid performances. While I never expected the acting to be terrible, I never expected it to be this good. There is one scene in the movie that is so intense, you feel like you are in the room with the characters and you just want to walk away from all the arguing.

The Avengers felt in many ways like a new romance. Passionate, intense and exciting, but if you stop to think about it, you’ll start to see all it’s flaws. All I can say, don’t think too much, and just go with it.

Movie rating: An excellent superhero movie that is only let down by some of the flaws in the plot and characters, but you only notice these flaws long after the movie is over.

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