Year of Release: 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgaard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Alexis Denisof, Powers Boothe
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 5
Joss Whedon's film is quite obviously meant to be an entertaining and directly focused on appealing to the largest majority of demographics possible. It's also a film that suffers from a real lack of vision or ideas of film - the fantastic special effects animate characters that are paper thin, and though the motivation between all of the main characters seems quite clear, at a certain point with all the noise going around, it oddly becomes anti-climatic. For all the fantastic (and obviously quite expensive) effects you see on screen, there are no characters you want to embark on a journey with. This is one of the films, where though you have some good actors to work with, they are obviously lost in the midst of effects that overwhelm the entire picture. What made "Iron Man" from Jon Favreau work, was the focus on Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark - he had a humanity and a dimension, something that lacks in this film and in it's characters. "The Avengers" is a well oiled product, but it's a hollow one.