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Avengers: Age of Ultron, was the cinematic event that superhero fans had been waiting on since the release of Avengers back in 2012. The holy god Josh Weadon returns with his black magic to create the sequel fans had been waiting for complete with relentless action, humor and continuity problems which made me leave the theater without a strong opinion to whether or not I liked it. I left the theater saying
Josh Weadon’s Has a special gift in his movies when it comes to character development and humor. While the character development is somewhat lacking in this movie, the humor is the killer selling point. All the characters have amazing chemistry and build right where they were left off in The Avengers.
Hawkeye is given is chance to shine in the spotlight, throwing out some of the best lines in the movie and delivering the performance he was unable to give in the Avengers due to the fact that he was under Loki’s mind control.
In terms of plot, it’s rather generic and vague. The plot doesn’t drive this movie forward and I felt no tension as to what would happen next. The character interactions and humor is what keeps the audience invested, not Ultron’s plan to wipe out humanity. This aspect of the movie was most disappointing. Since the release of Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Marvel films have had exceptional plots that drive the movie forward. Age of Ultrons plot was more or less…
Artificial intelligence wanting to wipe out humanity. Like we haven’t seen that before in a movie.
The saving grace of the plot is that the villain, Ultron is in my opinion, the greatest villain Marvel has put on the big screen. He is menacing and full of sass with many of the best scenes being his quips about humanity and their stupidity. He is the manifestation of Tony’s dark side and creates a viable threat for the avengers to run up against.
The cinematography in this film is what has come to be the norm of a Marvel film. Some camera pans, some stylized shots, oh they added some new grey filters; however, there were no shots within this movie that left me going “Wow.” My biggest gripe about the cinematography was that there was so much CGI that my eyes started to peel like a sliced onion, layer by layer. My favorite shots in the movie were the landscape shots of a farm because I knew they were real unlike 85 percent of this movie.
Soundtracks are one of the most important aspects to a movie; they either will make it or break it on the big screen. Danny Elfman’s score is…meh. It doesn’t hit home when it needs to. You hear it and know it’s there, but it doesn’t engrave into your head to where you think of a scene and hear the soundtrack playing with it. That to me was one of the most disappointing aspects of the movie. The hero scenes were less heroic, the menacing scene were less menacing and the touching scenes for the most part failed to tug at my heartstrings. Danny Elfman did improve upon the Avengers theme, its bolder and more majestic than ever and I give him credit for improving upon such an iconic piece; however, as a whole the soundtrack exists within the movie, but does little to add to it.
Three new heroes are introduced this time around Scarlett Witch, Quicksilver and Vision. All of these characters are given their fair share in the movie with great scenes and chemistry with the rest of the cast.
Scarlett Witch is truly terrifying (and incredibly hot) with power unmatched by any of the Avengers. Her role is one mystery and shadow and balances well when she squares off with the rest of the caste.
Quicksilver is a punk with a fine sense of humor who has plenty of sass to divvy out to the Avengers with a running speed to match his tongue. Given the fact that X-Men: Days of Future Past also had a varying portrayal of Quicksilver it pains me to say that this one felt in some ways to be a knock off of Fox’s version of the character. Their sense of humor hardly varied and there were no scenes in Age of Ultron that topped what Fox was able to create in Days of Future Past.
Vision was the character that stole the show for me and is now my favorite character in the Marvel universe. He is calm and collected, who sees both sides of the spectrum. He neirther stands completely on the side of the Avengers nor totally against Ultron. His language is direct and logical and his power is unmatched. My only complaint is that there weren’t more scenes with the Vision in it. I will have to wait for the extended cut to see more.
The more I think about the movie, the more I dislike it and its premise. This movie had the potential to be something great and set up the universe with even greater stakes, but ultimately it boiled down to a CGI manifestation. Marvel dropped the ball on what was supposed to be one of the biggest movies events of 2015; however, it’s still my favorite Marvel movie to date, which says something about the rest of their films.
From a moviegoer standpoint
I give Age of Ultron: 2/5 stars
From a comic book geek’s perspective
I give Age of Ultron: 4/5 stars
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