AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON | REVIEW

The Avengers have re-assembled for shenanigans and destruction in Marvel’s latest cash cow; AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON. All your favourites have returned and you can throw in four or more new heroes to the ranks just to liven things up a bit more. It is releasing tonight, Wednesday 22nd April EVERYWHERE in Australia and will make more money than Australia will this year. AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON is the longest film in the Marvel galaxy so far coming in at 141mins with an M rating. 

 

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This is by far the most epic film we have seen in the Marvel universe, it is so crammed pack of huge it is mind boggling, but sadly this is also its letdown. The opening scene of the movie is a continuation of the mid-credit scene of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and this opening scene is so incredible I was giddy. It was a Bond opening scene on crack fueled by aliens, I clapped. You could tell immediately during this scene that they have upped the ante, no need to introduce anyone anymore – you know what they are all capable of, you just need to show them being beyond human and a bonded team. And this is what Joss Whedon does well, he really does make the over the top superhero stuff look epic, in some scenes of the movie near biblical.

The sour part to take in regards to this movie is that while the Avengers are battling to save humankind again it is not from some evil invading douchebags, it is from a colossal fuck up from the Avengers themselves. The film takes on this darkened tone because basically the evil and destruction of this movie is their own fault, mainly that of Tony Stark’s megalomania and self righteousness. He invents an artificial intelligence, Ultron, that is faulty, it’s creation idea was that it would protect the planet from evil and threats, it decides humans and The Avengers are a threat and hence decides to kill them all.

 

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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | ULTRON (JAMES SPADER)

 

Due to this story-line my love for Iron Man is strained, he might as well be considered a bad guy in the movie, and you can throw in the weak as pussy, The Hulk aka Bruce Banner, a pussy who sides with whoever talks him into it. Not once does he stand up to Stark, and due to their decisions a lot of people die, and the Hulk is truly seen by the public as an out of control destruction machine.

The story arcs for the characters are well played out, Banner/Hulk’s self conflicts come to a head and his future will remain uncertain. The love story between Romanoff/Black Widow and Banner/Hulk was just weird. As to was finding out more about Barton/Hawkeye’s world, it is time he got a stand-a-lone!!!

I wanted more of Captain America and Thor in this one but with so much going on we really couldn’t get more of them, I just want more Thor movies 🙂

 

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There are some good character introductions in the movie. Ultron is one of the best bad guys ever! Besides looking insanely brilliant, the vocal and facial talents of James Spader are second to none, that humour and blunt dialect are factual and chilling, his voice is as good as James Earl Jones’ Darth Vader in my humble opinion. BUT – his artificial development and growth is too quick and needed more fleshing out, besides every single artificial intelligence that goes bad in movies appears to follow the same arc. And his coming into being wasn’t masterfully handled, I wanted a better explanation, shaky at best.

Also great to see some mutants appear in this universe although it is technically illegal to call them mutants in a Marvel movie after the bullshit battle over Quicksilver. The word “mutant” is not allowed to be mentioned in any Marvel movies, nor is any relation to Magneto, and their entire back story has been altered. I did enjoy Kick-Ass aka Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, although after the legalities of using him in the movie, seeing more of him would have been ideal, the Quicksilver in this movie was wasted compared to the Quicksilver in X-Men.

 

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Elizabeth Olsen also fit in well as Scarlet Witch, but honestly, both her and her brother did feel like X-Men mutants visiting an Avengers movie. They are just more mutant-like, they are not titans.

Speaking of Titans, there is Vision, the good artificial intelligence, that is basically Stark/Iron Man’s voice in his ear, computer program come to life, he is powered by the stone from Loki’s staff and he is organically created and more powerful than them all, I saw comparisons to Doctor Manhattan from The Watchmen but combined with the personality of Jarvis. His interactions with Thor, a certain scene in particular, were hysterical.

While it is great to have these new characters they are all so spread out and we get more screen time for the people who have not had a stand alone film, this works, but it is those epic characters I want more of.

 

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The writing of the movie is impressive and Joss Whedon’s screenplay manages to keep so many things interesting in play juggling multiple story arcs, with drama, thrills, action, sci-fi and anything else he could think of happening at once but this time I felt there was some really corny dialogue and some one lined jokes were really not that funny. It is the banter that keeps these guys interesting and their clashing multiple personalities, I loved the continuous swearing digs at Captain America and the hammer scene with all of them is hysterical, it felt like Superheroes hanging out on a Saturday night for a few drinks.

The big question is if it as good as the first Avengers movie? No, I do not think it is – there is just too much in it. I think the battles in this are more epic than the first and the way they film the battle in the church gave me goosebumps – it is truly biblical. But after seeing the battles in this, it was like the battles in MAN OF STEEL, where can they go with it? In MAN OF STEEL and this one, we know they can all take beatings, but they all recover, you know after they have been beaten so bad there will be some sad music, then a muscle twitch and then they will stand up again and keep on trucking. Hawkeye and Black Widow are the only truly vulnerable people as they do not have an iron suit nor are they gods or genetically modified heroes, but the most we see is a bloodied lip on Black Widow. And how can they beat the action level? There are only so many cities we can see heroes crash through, sure it looks good but we have seen it before.

Now, I am interested to see how they will do INIFINITY WAR 1 & 2 and will we see the GUARDIANS come to assist?!

This is an enjoyable popcorn movie and it will make squillions, you will have a fun ride, but the film is lacking in its continuation of a core Marvel story and should be enjoyed as a stand-a-lone movie only.

 

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