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MOVIE REVIEW: "Marvel's The Avengers" $10/10

"Marvel's The Avengers" is like an amazing seven-layer dip. Sure, all of the ingredients taste OK on their own, but put them together and WHO KNEW CHEESE COULD TASTE THIS GOOD?!

Director Joss Whedon has managed to take each of the Marvel characters we've been getting to know all of these years (Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain Snoremerica), along with a few we've only mingled with here and there (Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury), and bring them together in a masterfully organized movie. Whedon is less concerned about equal time and more about keeping us glued to the developing narrative, using Bruce Banner's Hulk as the ticking time bomb to ultimate destruction.

Loki, the villain from the"Thor"movie, has made his way to Earth in hopes to control something called the Tesseract. If he should be successful, look for a giant portal to open in the sky with a lot of bad things happenin'. In order to stop this, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Avengers team, led bySamuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, will need to come together and FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM.


These are characters facing dire consequences and their collective massive egos, not to mention muscles. Whedon's script investigates the bullheadedness that could come from getting so many powerful people together on the same planet, let alone the same room. Whedon takes this potentially oh-so-serious concept and crafts it into a hilarious popcorn fest. I'll really need to see the movie again, because there were so many perfectly placed lines, you couldn't hear the next few bits of dialogue over the roaring auditorium.

And how about the Black Widow? Whedon's emphasis on strong female characters is so clear (think "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"), that in a movie with so many iconic comic stars, I walked away thinking more about a female spy I knew little about. Scarlett Johansson's scenes are packed full of rich, suprising dialogue - go figure it's the summer action fest that reminds me of her talents as an actress. If"The Avengers" is a Big Mac, Whedon left me salivating over the poppy seed bun.

This movie is simply the ultimate summer high. Forget OPENING it, I wanted to BLAST THROUGH THE GLASS DOOR OF THE THEATER WHEN IT WAS OVER.

Happy smashing.

"Marvel's The Avengers" earns a Leshock Value of $10 out of a possible $10.

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