Title: Avengers – Age of Ultron (Official Site)
Release Date: 01 May 2015
Runtime: 141 min
Genres: Action , Adventure, Sci-Fi
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Movie Theater
Production Company: Marvel StudiosDistributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director(s): Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon (screenplay & story ), Stan Lee (comic book), and Jack Kirby (comic book)
Stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), James Spader (Ultron), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Jarvis/Vison), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Avengers – Age of Ultron is the newest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and continues story lines that were begun in previous films. Age of Ultron starts off right in the middle of an action scene and it confused me a bit because it felt like I had missed something. I love a good action scene but I also like to have a little build up to it, an explanation for it, and not to be just tossed in the middle of it with no warning. Not that it wasn’t a good action scene, because it was. The Avengers team are working really well together and have found their grove. They use their weapons and abilities in tandom and are able to trade snarky one liners throughout and so while things start off with a bang and some confusion there is also banner and laughter as well.
Age of Ultron also introduces a few new players to the world, including Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Along with the baddie of the film, Ultron and also Vision. Most of what I know about all of these people are what I learn in the movies. I was never a huge comic reader growing up and there is just so much lore that I’m lucky there are people on the internet who can help fill me in on everything. But boy can it get confusing at times. That side I really liked the new characters and what they brought to the film. I like the banter between Quicksilver and Hawkeye as well as most of Ultron’s lines. James Spader is the king of delivery in this one and even when he was trying to kill the Avengers he did it in a way that makes you laugh in the process.
Age of Ultron goes by quickly but it lacked something for me that prevents me from loving it fully. While there was a lot of action there wasn’t a whole lot of depth or character development. Well, aside from several scenes devoted to one character who I loved seeing more about. Though, while informative, they were manipulative at the same time and I don’t like to feel like I’m being manipulated. This is part of why I don’t read John Green or Nicholas Sparks as both of them love to manipulate the reader. I also wasn’t a fan of Black Widow’s character in this movie. She is the total badass and yet it seems in the last couple of movies that she’s been regulated to sidekick and then love interest. In the first Avengers it seemed like she had a thing with Hawkeye, in Winter Soldier with Captain America, and this time around it was Bruce Banner. While there was also funny banter between Thor and Tony Stark on who was the better girlfriend, Jane or Pepper, they got to shine as heroes and fighters while Black Widow gets captured. Granted she does have some good fighting moments it just seems most of her dialogue was romantic in nature.
Overall, I enjoyed Age of Ultron and am glad that I saw it in the theatres but I don’t think its my favorite film in this franchise. Unlike many in my social media friends lists I don’t have a burning desire to see it again. Though maybe if I did I might like it more. I don’t know. There’s just something that felt a bit flat for me with this one and there is lots of set up for that ultimate battle which will be coming with Infinity Wars. I wanted to love this one and I think maybe I just built it up too much in my head after my unexpected love of the first Avengers. That said, it is worth watching if you are a fan of the series as the action scenes are totally off the hook. I just want a little more from my action movies sometimes and this one didn’t fully deliver on that though I am curious to see how events in this film affect other Marvel Cinematic Universe storylines.
My Recommendation: Worth seeing in the theatre if you liked the first film. If you were just meh on it then you might want to wait for DVD.