The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Avengers - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Visual Effects

"These people shouldn't be in the same room let alone on the same team—and that is the definition of family."
-Joss Whedon, Director 

The Avengers may not rank in the realms of cinematic greatness, but it offers high-voltage entertainment packaged in visual delight. That includes the amazingly fit bodies of both genders.

As comic book movies go, the plot line is predictable:  The threat of an evil genius and his army must be stopped. Enter the alliance S.H.I.E.L.D. with super heroes Nick Fury, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, The Hulk, and Hawkeye to save the world.

The old joke about the phone book, "Not much of a plot, but what a cast!", applies here. Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Joss Whedon (director), and Seamus McGarvey (cinematographer)—just to name previous Oscar nominees—bring major star power. And Scarlett Johnansson (see her opening scene below) is the perfect addition to the mix.

The pace is quick, the dialogue clever, the humor keen, and even the conflict of the less-than-incredible plot line absorbing. This flick moves! The visual effects
—as its nomination correctly implies—are awesome. For a good time, see The Avengers.

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