Our intrepid reviewer feels 'The Avengers' might be a tad on the long side, but the 3-D version is worth it.
Shortly after settling into “The Avengers,” my initial thought was, “This is going to make a gazillion dollars.” I did not also have the corresponding thought, “Wow, this is a great movie.” First things first.
Still, the film is good enough to keep all the Marvel Comics crazed audiences out there deliriously happy while keeping the rest of us earthbound types in moderate thralldom.
There’s a surplus of superheroes. If you don’t care for Thor (Chris Hemsworth) or Captain America (Chris Evans) or the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), there’s always Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Or, if your tastes run to the dark side, there’s Loki (Tom Hiddleston), whose possession of the all-powerful tesseract cube is the main reason all the Marvels and Marvelettes are herewith assembled. Samuel L. Jackson’s black-eye-patched S.H.I.E.L.D. master is supposed to be a good guy, but, since this is Samuel L. Jackson, he plays him like a bad guy.