Published on April 21st, 2015 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers Age Of Ultron
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) tries to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.
Joss Whedon thought he had it hard trying to wrangle the first Avengers into a coherent movie, add in a few more characters and a mammoth villain and you’ve got a potential recipe for disaster. Not surprisingly he’s managed to it pull off and then some. Darker in tone, and all the better for it, the Avengers are tested to the limits, beaten down and forced to rethink everything they’ve stood for to tackle their new foe.
This is truly a movie on par with its predecessor quality wise, it’s different in every way and not your bog standard paint by numbers sequel which so many franchises go for, it’s reaching for the stars and i can’t commend Marvel enough for doing so.
The action scenes are just stunning, with everything turned up to 11, they feel fresh, vibrant and never outstay their welcome, although in the finale it gets a bit muddled and hard to follow but that’s just a minor gripe on an otherwise stellar show. The effects are breath-taking too which is what you’d expect from Marvel.
The ever expanding cast are great with the returning Avengers expanding their characters in subtle and surprising ways. Avengers that were given little to do in the previous movie are put more centre stage with Hawkeye getting the lions share and the best lines too. Newcomers Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are dark and broody throughout and have a lot more chemistry as brother and sister then they did as a couple in Godzilla. It’s James Spader who steals the show though, as the childishly deviant Ultron, Spader relishes every line with malicious verve and his diabolical plan is very original and interesting.
The film also sets up both the Captain America: Civil War film and the Avengers sequels, Infinity Wars Part I & II, in intriguing ways which begs the question, how much bigger can these films get? That’s not me dissing the movies, it’s just a statement of fact, with the sheer globe-trotting scale in this movie i can’t even imagine where they go after this, and that’s what’s so exciting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, long may it prosper.
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Lightening strikes twice as Joss Whedon delivers a big, brash and brilliant sequel.