My husband and I went to see The Avengers this afternoon. It turns out just about everyone else in town had the same idea because it was packed.
I will start this by saying that I've never read the comics. I just happened to enjoy all of the other Marvel movies that came out. So, if it's not entirely accurate to the original story, I wouldn't know.
The basic plot is that Loki (Thor's brother) is back and he wants to take over Earth and turn humans into his slaves. He has some new friends, the Chitauri, who are going to help him do that. In order to fight him and save Earth, the Avengers must learn to work together, despite their differences.
The movie was awesome. The beginning did spend a little too long reintroducing the characters again in my opinion (except for Hawkeye, which is the one character I couldn't place), but once the actual story got going it was really good. The movie is just under 3.5 hours and it flew by. Definitely not a movie where you're checking your watch. I've seen a lot of action movies that just seem to be focused on explosions rather than plot, but this one has a good story behind it. All of the actors did a fine job, not that that's a big surprise considering the list of big names that they have.
I also liked that it let all of the characters shine. Each of them has a story going on in this movie and no one was more important than the others so it truly felt like they were coming together. It didn't feel like it was just another movie about any one character with some appearances by the others.
The ending leaves an opening for more Avengers movies, which I will eagerly await.
I highly recommend this movie, especially if you've enjoyed any of the other Marvel movies.