In theatres today: The Avengers

Looking for a date night flick? It may be time to finally call in the babysitter.

By Carly Deziel
In theatres today: The Avengers

If you don’t know about the new Avengers film that lands in theatres (pretty much everywhere) today, then you must be a) living under a rock or b) a busy parent, who’s not keeping up with the recent Hollywood blockbuster releases. Assuming you fall under the latter, here are five facts you need to know before we go any further:
1. The Avengers is a group of superheroes (or “super-freaks”) brought together to fight against Earth-threatening villains.
2. This powerful group is made up of: Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and a super-agent known as “Hawkeye” (Jeremy Renner).
3. The movie is directed and penned by Joss Whedon, aka the mastermind behind cult TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Angel.
4. You don’t need to see all the previous superhero movies in preparation for this adventure.
5. And, finally, if you’re looking to take in a little (well, a lot!) of butt-kicking action and Robert Downey Jr. one-liners, than book your babysitter now!

I’m not even going to try and explain the plot of this movie because, honestly, if you’re not a super comic book nerd, who really cares? What you will care about is that the cast is great and the movie is fun.

RDJ doesn’t disappoint and his witty repertoire with Captain America and constant insults to everyone delivers about 80 percent of this film's enjoyment. That said, the writing is great and each actor really gets to have fun with their character. The whole group does a solid job of hurling comic relief at the audience.

Personally, my favourite performance is Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk — he plays the green giant as understated and loveable. Honestly, I ended up feeling like everyone did a great job in this flick; even the villainous, exiled god, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) was fantastic at being truly evil and creepy.

I should also mention, as a fairly young-ish person, I did find the movie extremely loud. And my head was spinning when the credits rolled. There’s no doubt that this was a stronger dose of action-packed fun than all the other superhero movies combined. But, moms, you may come out feeling like you’ve personally fought a battle with a bunch of machine-like aliens from a distant galaxy. Is it worth it? Yes!
PS: If you’ve got kids in the house, probably around six-years and older (especially boys), I’m sure they’ve been talking your ear off about it.

This article was originally published on May 04, 2012

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