The Avengers is the type of summer blockbuster entertainment that completely delivers on everything that's promised in delivering the best type of escapism Hollywood can provide. Studios should really take note here, because going with Joss Whedon, a filmmaker who has written comic books and knows these characters truly paid off. The script is witty, fun and fast paced but the reason it all works so well is that Whedon provides each character with a great amount of dimension and depth. The exchanges between these characters-Bruce Banner and Tony Stark working together in the lab, Captain America's old school patriotic mindset, or Thor's unique viewpoint, all of which took me back to my childhood and made me remember why I fell in love with these characters in the first place. Don't get me wrong, you don't have to have any preconceived knowledge of these characters to enjoy this film, because Whedon creates a film that stands on it's own merits and will appeal to both fans of these characters and new comers. The film even has some rather touching moments that create stakes and a sense of danger in the film, which I think most of Marvel's previous films have sorely lacked. I think this film, more so than any other superhero film ever, brings the pages of a comic book to life in delivering a grandiose adventure that is just incredibly entertaining and fun. The last hour is just non-stop excitement and for a movie that runs nearly 2 1/2 hours, it flew by. Without question, the HULK steals the show and there are sequences towards the end of this film that had me smiling from ear to ear. FUN FUN FUN.
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