Title: The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Release Date: May 1st. 2015
Running Time: 2 hours and 21
As I left the theater after The Avengers: Age of Ultron I really only had one thought on my mind: The amount of awesome contained in this movie was entirely too much for one mang to process in a single viewing. The movie was just too dense. Another viewing is in order but for now let’s move on to the review.
I am not going to discuss every single scene of the movie in detail. However, there are spoilers in this review. If you don’t want to be spoiled I suggest you go see the movie NOW. It was awesome and should not be missed.
The Basic Premise:
The movie opens with the Avengers on a mission to retrieve Loki’s scepter in Eastern Europe. After retrieving Loki’s scepter, Tony Stark discovers that the gem within the scepter contains a sophisticated artificial intelligence. Tony and Bruce Banner agree to use this new found AI to secretly create Ultron: a long-planned component of Stark’s Global Defense program. All seems well until Ultron becomes self-aware of his creation and assimilates JARVIS: Tony’s AI program for his own purposes. Ultron, now sentient, goes rogue and replicates himself in order to create an army to rid the world of all mankind. With a sentient, killer robot on the loose it’s up to the Avenger’s to save the world, again!
Moments of Exceptional Awesomeness:
–Hawkeye acknowledging that he is just a guy with a bow and arrow. A number of fans rag on Hawkeye for being the least helpful Avenger. It was pretty funny to see his character making a commentary about how he is only a man, with a bow and arrow, with a job to do. This scene was telling of his character and of his value on the team.
–Team attacks. There are so many awesome team scenes. Seeing the Avengers come to each other’s aid during fight scenes is a real treat. The Thor and Cap team assists were pretty bad ass.
–The Vision. I can’t spoil this. Just know that everything involving this character was spectacular. There was one scene in particular that had the whole audience in awe. Vision fans will be pleased.
–Stan Lee getting wasted. Probably his funniest cameo to date.
–Ultron’s voice. David Spader was a perfect choice for this role. Charmingly evil.
–The Twins. A real treat for X-Men fans. They were labeled as Enhanced due to Fox still owning the rights to X-Men and mutants… I enjoyed this representation of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. However, the way in which they handled Quicksilver in the end sequence reeked of Whedonism.
What I didn’t like:
–There were maybe too many jokes. A few funny one-liners here and there can be a great change of pace. However, when the world’s going to end it’s hard to take these heroes seriously when they are all cracking jokes about everything. Don’t get me wrong; some of the wise cracks were great, but some of them just felt forced and unneeded. (specifically the scene when Ultron has Thor by the neck.) It didn’t make me laugh and it made Ultron look like just another gullible chump machine, rather than a world-ending badass that the movie spent 2 hours building him up to be… Come on now Joss!
–This movie really isn’t a movie. It is hard to review movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) because Marvel is doing something that has never been done before. While you don’t really need to watch the previous films to enjoy the new ones, your experience will be that much greater if you have. These movies are like episodes in a super awesome extended TV series. Like the comics, it’s best to start with issue number 1 (or in this case movie number 1) and go forward. Personally, I think the MCU is incredible and hope to see its continued evolution. However, I can understand why some people wouldn’t like this film. It really doesn’t stand well on its own. The viewer is expected to already know these characters and their backstories. This movie is but one piece belonging to a much larger puzzle.
Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron was a great experience. I enjoyed it and would definitely watch it again. If you are new to Marvel I’d recommend watching a few of the Phase 1 films before watching this one. If not, you are still in for a treat; the action sequences alone are worth the price of admission.
I give The Avengers: Age of Ultron 4 Crispy Tacos out of 5!
Don’t forget to catch up on Phase 1!