Recommended for ages 12 and over
Theatrical Release: 5/4/2012
Video Release: 9/25/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Joss Whedon & Zak Penn
Producer: Kevin Feige
Director: Joss Whedon
Runtime: 142 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Robert Downey Jr.,
The Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Wow! The audience I screened this film with cheered several times during the movie and then when the credits began to roll. It really is THAT good. All of the Marvel heroes are given proper screen time including Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Even Loki gets his fair share of screen time.
Without plot spoiling, Loki has discovered a source of energy that can guarantee him an endless supply of power for war. His plan to succeed involves an alien race and using the Avengers without their knowledge. However, they are a bit too sharp for that and Loki soon finds he has his hands full as the film reaches a feverish crescendo of action and gives a powerful pay-off to those who have been waiting for weeks and months for the movie's opening. The theater was jam packed with people and many were turned away. This fantasy epic adventure is going to rule at the box office for awhile after it opens.
The good news is that we are able to award the film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus. There are several violent scenes although comparatively little blood and of course it is in the "super hero" genre. There are some moments of language too but it's not over-the-top. The movie has a bit of everything which makes for a fun film experience including a solid storyline, witty dialog and great action sequences. In one scene one of the characters is pointed out to be like a "god" and another character replies, "I'm pretty sure God doesn't dress like that!" Make sure and look for the scene in which Loki boasts to the Hulk that he (Loki) is a demi-god and a powerful force to be reckoned with. Let's just say that the Hulk is a force to be reckoned with too.
We are most pleased to award this movie five Doves, our best rating. Go ahead and see "Marvel's The Avengers" soon. These heroes will make your day!
Sex: Kissing by a couple.
Language: G/OMG-3; H-5; What the H (just the "h" sound)-1; D-4; A-2; SOB-1; PO-1; B-1; Moron-1
Violence: A lot of fantasy violence including several explosions, fights between the Avengers and aliens; punches and kicks thrown with little blood; fires and more explosions; a character whacks a few characters and shakes them up with his great strength; vehicle wrecks; a man held up with a chain by the feet; gun held on man; guns and rifles fired; arrow hits man; stick used on character; a flying character smashes into a character; a villain is thrown out of aircraft; several aliens are killed.
Drugs: A few drinking scenes including champagne; one joke about marijuana which doesn't encourage its use.
Other: Characters referred to as "gods" with a small "g"; betrayal by a character.