Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review

8.8 Overall Score
Characters: 7/10
Story Line: 8/10
Action: 8/10

James Spader As Ultron | Action Sequences

Black Widow/Banner Story Line | Wanted to get more out of Civil War

Avengers

How do you follow up the monumental success of the first Avengers movies and the expectations of a second assemble movie? The track record that we have seen with previous films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is that an ambitious sequel can almost crush itself under the relentlessness of it’s content. I did not expect Avengers: Age Of Ultron to be as great as it’s predecessor, but wanted it to build on the ethos of the Marvel cinematic universe. If you think along those lines, Age Of Ultron does a very good job in managing the expectations laid before it and exceeding them in some instances.

Within the two and a half hour run time, there are very many moving parts and characters as to which Director Joss Whedon does a very good job at giving each of the story lines their time to shine. It’s a very commendable effort especially given the sheer number of characters and the run time associated with the movie. The usage of both Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Elisabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is key here, but for different reasons. When watching the movie, seeing Taylor-Johnsons’ Quiksilver was cool, but may have been hurt by the character being played in Fox’s X-Men First Class sequel first in hilarious fashion. The real winner is Olsen’s Scarlett Witch, whose actions help drive the overall motif of the story which is one of personal afflictions and accountability.

Ultron (James Spader) serves as a perfect foil not only for The Avengers as a whole, but for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) himself. Spader is the perfect voice to give the A.I. infused machine sarcasm and purpose, much that mirrors Stark which makes them the perfect mirror images to each other. Ultron is the atonement of Stark’s hasty choices to save his Avengers friends from a continual fight of evil. You have a villain who is as smart and tact as his creator and makes himself the main focal point just being himself. He’s the Frankenstein monster that is out of control. The irony is from that, Vision (Paul Bettany) is created that serves is a bridge between A.I. and humans which ultimately brings Ultron to his demise. Bettany makes a great impression in a relatively small time frame that one hopes to see explored in future movies.

One thing I wish was accented a bit more is the eventual split being Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark. We get a little taste of what’s to come with the upcoming Civil War movie that’s down the pipeline, but it also is almost forgotten admits the action. Throughout the whole movie, the Avengers seem to have this sibling rivalry type relationship that goes on which is fun to watch within the chaos. There’s a bend but don’t break theme that runs throughout the movie with our heroes. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) makes an appearance to serve as a uniting force, but with almost no explanation in how this came about.

The use of what would be considered secondary Avengers is good here; referring to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson). We see into Hawkeye’s family life which gives the group an almost human touch which is refreshing considering there are many superpowers within this world. Johannsson’s Black Widow is used to further accentuate Bruce Banner’s (Mark Ruffalo) Hulk alter ego. While this element to the story line may have been somewhat unnatural given Black Widow’s recent history, it does show Banner’s vulnerable side to belong (and perhaps, where the character is going next).

You gotta give Whedon credit here in what appears to be his Marvel swan song from the director’s chair. The action sequences are even bigger in scale and entertaining to watch. With as many characters that appear on screen, you empathize with them to some extent. I hope in Whedon leaving that future Avengers movies do not suffer for it. Only time will tell if Age Of Ultron will have enough staying power like the movie before it. Overall, it’s an entertaining ride that will ready a fan for the next installments of the MCU (looking at you, Infinity Gauntlet).

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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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