Not gonna lie, I am a pretty big Marvel movie fan. No, I’m not a comic book person, but hopefully I’ll read some this summer.
I watched this in IMAX, which was one of the best ideas ever (also, I found out when Jurassic World was coming out, so that was pretty exciting).
Avengers: Age of Ultron (directed by Joss Whedon) continues the adventures of the beloved Avengers. The movie starts out with impressive fighting and explosions and the Avengers completely overwhelming dozens after dozens of nameless and faceless soldiers. Later, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) somehow manages to integrate and wake this artificial intelligence into a robot called Ultron (James Spader), that is supposed to help defend the planet.
Naturally, defending the planet is not exactly on Ultron’s agenda. And so, the impressive and very expensive special effects ensue.
Plus the introduction of two new characters, the Maximoff twins, Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen).
I know nothing about them, except for what was revealed in the movie, since I am very not familiar with the Marvel universe of the comic books. As characters, I have to admit, I wasn’t all that…captured by them. Sure, I liked them, but that was more because they had cool powers and they did something other than punching people in the face, which was basically 80% of the Avengers.
But I didn’t see much character. The only defining thing about them was their superpower abilities, but that’s hardly a character trait. And there really wasn’t much to their relationship, other than close siblings.
In all, there was hardly anything special about them. Other than the superhuman speed and telekinesis and mind-manipulating. But those don’t count.
And I liked Quicksilver from Days of Future Past more. But that’s more of a personal preference thing.
However, this did not take much from the movie overall. Because, overall, Age of Ultron was still fun, exciting, and likable.
I really liked Age of Ultron. Sure, the overall plot was a bit cliche, some of the Natasha-Bruce (played by Scarlet Johansson and Mark Ruffalo respectively) scenes were a bit on the corny side, but it never took much from the movie. From snarky remarks from the Avengers to impressive action scenes and explosions, Age of Ultron managed to impress and leave me with things to talk about, even if it isn’t the most impressive movie Marvel came out with.
The thing was, Age of Ultron just felt like it was trying too hard. Most of what happened felt shallow, very surface-level stuff. Like, sure, there were amazing and expensive explosions and action scenes, and a plot existed, but other than that, almost nothing. I just wasn’t that captivated by the characters.
And I know that Marvel can have good characters. I mean, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was pretty fantastic, with much more character development than Age of Ultron.
Conclusion: Although not Marvel’s greatest masterpiece, Age of Ultron is fun, interesting, and worth watching as the Avengers return with more villains and action, paving the way for another Avengers movie that is sure to come out and hopefully be just as impressive. 7/10.