Excitiing but slightly flat comic-book ensemble has heavy violence
Joss Whedon's hotly anticipates comic-book superhero movie, which has been nearly ten years in the making, is finally here...and it's a little dull. The Avengers was written by Whedon, as well, and it shows in the clear cut dialog and frenetic action sequences, but what is slightly missing here is the overall sense of accomplishment. Sure, all of the avengers are here, there all together and there fighting as one, which is just awesome to watch, but it just never really feels like it wants to make it more special, so for that, The Avengers unfortunately comes off as routine and slightly dull, considering the fact that the movie runs at a bloated 142 minutes, and it is mostly compiled with extended action scenes, fights and battles, including one still very impressive one that essentially let's us watch all of the avengers work together to stop an alien invasion taking place in downtown Las Angeles in the middle of the day, and, it is as ridiculous as it is awesome to watch, and for that, The avengers still get's more than half of the price of admission from each and every viewer. So, like expected, the film is obviously Rated PG-13, and the content is pretty much just about as follows: There is frequent sequences of violence and action, with lot's and lot's of explosions, battles, one-on-one fights and even some full-scale rampaging through city streets; add to that some implied torture and a very disturbing but brief scene where a innocent characters eyes are ripped out of his sockets (but, still mostly off-screen), and you can obviously tell that this is one of the slightly more toothy superhero movies. Also, there is a brief drug reference that is done for humor. And, finally, there is frequent but mild language, including many uses each of b-tch, d-mn, h-ll, a--, sh-t and b-st-rd. So, as slightly disappointing as The Avengers is, every comic fan is going to want to check this movie out, regardless of anyone else's opinion on it, and, honestly, I think that it is still definitely worth checking out. Just don't expect a masterpiece.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking