Avengers: Age of Ultron

There were high expectations from Marvel and director Joss Whedon following on from 2012 mega hit The Avengers. But would too much hype mean all my expectations will be crushed Hulk style?

Having grow tired and concerned over whether the Avengers can stop every battle coming their way Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr.) convinces Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) to help create an A.I that will help defend Earth. Unfortunately his creation Ultron (voice by James Spader) decides the best way to save Earth is to destroy the Avengers and humanity. Teaming up with a pair of gifted twins (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen) they plan to bring the Avengers down and the world to its knees.

While the film doesn’t reach the dizzy heights of the first Avengers movie it’s still a great summer blockbuster. Theres some nice character moments to develop members of the team like Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). While there isn’t as many Whedon-isms as I would like there are still some very funny one liners. There was a surprising amount of swearing in the movie and a lot of innuendos. There was some hilarious moments such as the Avengers trying to lift Thor’s hammer. I loved Chris Hemsworth’s worried expression as Captain America (Chris Evans) nudged the hammer. The film also had some nice emotional scenes such as the Avengers coping after having been given a massive beat down by Ultron and the twins. Ultron made for a good villain even if he isn’t as awesome as Loki. We also got plenty of drama as the Avengers came into conflict over Tony’s actions, building up some nice tension between iron Man and Captain America which shall continue into the next Captain America movie.

Not everything worked. The middle of the movie dragged a bit for me. I didn’t believe the romance between Banner and Black Widow. They have better chemistry as friends. I wasn’t completely sold on the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch either. Quicksilver suffered from the fact that X Men: Days of Future Past did the character so much better. Scarlet Witch just felt a bit undeveloped but could be more interesting in future installments.

There are fears that Marvels run of movies will become stale, but while they continue to make enjoyable summer movies and have a great team of actors and directors, I think they still have a way to go before we start seeing a real dip in quality.

Rating 4/5 – not quite the smash that the first film was but still a great superhero movie

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13 responses to “Avengers: Age of Ultron

  1. Not so much stale, but predictably formulaic; other than that, can’t get enough of th MCU @ th mo!
    Good Post!
    Glad u enjoyed this fun blockbuster!
    http://bradscribe.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/ultron-rocks/
    Cheers!

  2. I enjoyed Ultron but less than the first one. My favorite part was probably the Hulk vs Iron Man battle. I wasn’t sold on the twins and I would have loved to have seen Loki. Great review! šŸ™‚

  3. Cool review Lauren, I’ve been waiting to read your thoughts on this film for a good few days now haha. I thought the film was pretty damn good, while it didn’t leave me with the same level of awe and badassery that came with the first this film did offer a lot of action, drama and much needed character development. For me the strongest points of the film was definitely the teamwork in the action scenes with the Avengers, everything to do with Hawkeye, Ultron and the brilliant Vision. I liked the Twins, but they clearly needed more screen time to be better developed and interwoven into the story, a flashback, more action scenes or more moments with Ultron could have helped. Also the Black Widow and Bruce Banner relationship did come out of left field and while I enjoyed it, there were elements I would have changed, have them more interested in the idea of a relationship rather than shipping them already.

    • Thanks. I wish it could have been as awesome as the first movie-it left me with that wow feeling that this one didn’t. But it did have so many good points as well. Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought the Black Widow/Bruce Banner relationship was a bit random.

  4. Still a fun movie, even if it isn’t as great as the first movie. Nice review Lauren.

  5. Great review. I think the film was good but still quite disappointing.
    Not sure if it is in comparisons to their reason great films but it felt like a foot note rather than a solid film of its own.
    2 hour trailer for phase 3 is a bit harsh but not wholly untrue.

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