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On the screen: ‘The Avengers’ blow up – in a good way

Ryan Slabaugh
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

It looked like rain on Sunday, so I took a chance on “The Avengers” on opening weekend, helping to contribute to the $100 million or so the film took in while winning at the box office. If you can forgive the plot holes, cheesy one-liners and inside jokes for comic-book geeks, then you will probably enjoy this film quite a bit.

The cast itself makes the film entertaining. Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury, an eyepatch-wearing leader whose superpower seems to be his political ability to keep a relatively undefined “council” from messing up his plans to save the world. His crew, The Avengers, has powers that are slightly more destructive. From Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man (rockets, gadgets) to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor (hammer, lightning) to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow (guns, manipulation) to Chris Evans’ Captain America (shield, muscles) to Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk (rage, stomping), the team has a wide array of weapons to blow up an army of alien invaders. And for the two hours and 22 minutes of action, that’s pretty much what happens.

The aliens invade, The Avengers coalesce, and a grand battle on Long Island includes so many explosions, building collapses, car flips and dog fights that your ears are ringing at least an hour after the closing credits. It’s all in good fun and part of a noisy grand summer blockbuster tradition.

There are a few gaps – the Incredible Hulk mysteriously goes from an uncontrollable rage-head who attacks everyone to a well-controlled soldier at some point, and they fail to explain the difference between a god (Thor) and a superhero (Captain America) – but those can easily be overlooked. For one, we are talking about mythical creatures. And secondly, there’s probably a more avid comic-book reader than I who could let me in on all the secrets.

“The Avengers” is rated PG-13 and is showing at a few local theaters.


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