Cert: 12A Runtime: 141 mins Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr.,Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L.Jackson, Coby Smulders, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andy Serkis and James Spader
Everyone creates the thing they fear…
Marvel Films is potentially the most on form studio in the world right now! In 2012 Joss Whedon assembled a gang of superheroes that the whole world didn’t anticipate it would work! But $1.5 billion later and the third highest grossing movie of all time we get the sequel. Joss Whedon returns with earth’s mightiest heroes with some extra baggage including new heroes and Ultron. Even with just the title the world was ready, with a bright future ahead for Marvel what does Age of Ultron have in store for us? With SHIELD gone and the Avengers needing a rest from saving the world, ace inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) designs a peacekeeping robot, Ultron (James Spader). But when Ultron decides that humans are the enemy, he begins planning to wipe them off the face of the Earth. To stop Ultron, Tony Stark must reconvene the Avengers, as they face their greatest foe.
The trailers for Age of Ultron were very dark and it seemed like a great step forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It pains me saying Age of Ultron is not as amazing as I hoped it to be. The opening sequence looked very cheap the CGI was very rough, but it was great seeing the Avengers assembling once more. My main issue with the film was the comedy factor, I understand it’s a comic book film but Whedon was splashing out the humor too much. Joss Whedon is a hero of mine and is Whedonisms are gratefully accepted in any occasions, but Age of Ultron has far too many Whedonisms. It made my experience feel rather cheap and very cheesy. Age of Ultron was truly a blank canvas for Whedon where he could do anything and this is what he did. Avengers Assemble had great structure and development through out Age of Ultron felt rather messy and underdeveloped. Choosing Ultron as a villain was a great test for the Avengers, all he wants to do is kill them. The casting of James Spader was a great choice too, his voice is haunting but it gives Ultron that humanistic feel. The first image of Ultron I saw didn’t convince me. He looked far too animated and not what I remember of Ultron. I wanted the dead red eyes and no mouth movements just red. Ultron in the film was like must Whedon villains funny, determined and underused.
Now the positives, this is a great ensemble piece everyone is on top form with everyone having equal screen time. It feels like they have engrossed the character with in them. It was great seeing more of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye being developed, he actually had motive and more cajones about him. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow keeps growing and growing in more ways than one (anyone else noticed her boobs were growing through out?). We get a sneak peak into her background again it gets darker and darker, it doesn’t seem like she will get her own movie but I enjoy piecing up her tale. Ruffalo’s Hulk is just phenomenal I said it at least 6 years ago he should be the Hulk. The character is becoming more human now and the love story is very enticing, maybe a potential rom-com on the cards? *I’m being sarcastic*. The inclusion of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson was pretty good, my only issue with Olsen is the falling out of the eastern European accent and slobbering back to American. Her character is a great inclusion to the franchise. Quiksliver has featured in X-Men: Days of Future Past and in Age of Ultron, I would say I enjoyed Even Peters version in X-Men.
The film has a lushes tone too it! It looks very different compared to Avengers Assemble from the first sequence the you sense the change in style from Whedon. The action set pieces have been thoroughly thought out; this gave me the impression that the production team left nothing up to chance. We are introduced in this sequence to all the major players and briefly glimpse Ultron’s final form. Furthermore, the fight that sees Iron Man don the Hulk Buster Armour in an attempt to stop an out of control Hulk from causing higher levels of chaos is an adrenaline rush. The screenplay is simple yet effective but the narrative does drift away in some segments. It does have that Whedon charm and qwerkyness we expect from his work (as mentioned it does become painful at some moments). Danny Elfman’s score doesn’t seem that tweaked all in all it helps carry the film. What I loved most in the film is the final battle, it was well executed and it saves the film in my opinion. The sequence of the Avengers together fighting is just phenomenal, one of my favorite shots of the year so far. A lot of you guys will love Age of Ultron, but for me it stumbles it’s way to the finish line. Some are saying the MCU bubble is bursting but I think it’s only a slight malfunction. Ant-Man is next up and the world is expecting a stinker potentially, the next stumble Kevin Feige will suffer maybe? The future is still bright for Marvel. Civil War is coming out in 2016 and Spider-Man joining the MCU universe. The future does look promising but all great ventures suffer stumbles every now and again. But only you can force an opinion about this film not any critic or cinephile.