Avengers Assemble (3D) (fifth-pass)
Cert: 12A / 137 mins / Dir. Joss Whedon / Trailer
FTR, here are my earlier reviews (which basically devolved into me drawing pictures anyway):
[ First; second; third; fourth-pass. ]
A Triple-bill, culminating in a midnight showing of the new movie? Don't mind if I do! Sure, I've got work in the morning, but they'll suffer for my sleep deprivation more than I will...
So, what do I say about Avengers Assemble? Marvel Studios'*1 perpetual and sustained onslaught of costumed entertainment means that it doesn't really feel like three years since first watching the movie I'd waited four years to see. Avengers still stands up every bit as well as it did in 2012, thanks in no small part to Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo (Ruffalo especially, as he strolled into the role of Bruce Banner at this point in the timeline and made it effortlessly his own). The rest of the cast are on fine form too, of course, and rarely (if ever) put a foot wrong for what is a ridiculously entertaining action-vehicle.
My only vague niggle is that the film doesn't make a very good job of introducing its players, so any viewers new to the series will have to play a bit of catch-up. To be fair, Avengers Assemble is the sixth film in the series so you can't expect too much hand-holding, but Black Widow and Hawkeye's characters suffer slightly as a result. Both had appeared in earlier instalments, but Hawkeye's scene in Thor was more of a cameo than an introduction and did little to set him up as a part of the ensemble.
But that's just me splitting hairs; Avengers Assemble is the high-watermark of a series which goes from strength to strength. Although even their low-watermarks are pretty bloody impressive...
If you can, do. If you can't…
…buy it and watch it to death at home.
It's certainly 'up there', yes.
A bit, yes.
The film stars Sam 'Windu' Jackson.
*1 Although the MCU was still helmed by Paramount at that time.
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