On the surface, the prospect of “The Avengers” being an enjoyable, funny, action packed summertime movie seemed slight. But guess what. It is all that, and more.
The storyline has Samuel L. Jackson appearing as Nick Fury, the constantly intense head of the military law enforcement group know as S. H. I. E. L. D. When a powerful shiny cube called the Tesseract is taken by an evil force from outer space known as Viking Loki, Fury assembles his quartet of superhumans to get it back and neutralize the potential evil the cube can cause. It’s kind of a last-ditch effort to retake control of the world.
The rescue gang includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man; Chris Evan as Captain America; Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, who has proven it really isn’t easy being green. Joining the group a little into the fray is Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth. Thor just also happens to be Loki’s half-brother, which explains his late arrival.
The 3 D effects and special effects in general are all superior. The action is actually interesting instead of predictable.
A big plus in “The Avengers” is it off-handed, often understated and usually unexpected humor. Sometimes it’s quick. Sometimes it’s clever. All the time it works well and gives the movie an occasional laugh-out-loud moment.
So kickback, grab some popcorn and watch “The Avengers” save the world. With “The Hunger Games” and now “The Avengers,” you can bet your magic cube the summer movie season is off to a very good start.