Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Germain Lussier
For ten movies we’ve been waiting to see an entire movie of the Avengers being “The Avengers.” Sure, we’ve seen some crossovers. We’ve seen what the team could do when aliens invaded. We’ve even seen an alien pseudo-Avengers assemble in Guardians of the Galaxy. But up until Avengers: Age of Ultron, we haven’t seen what would happen if six amazing superheroes spent an entire movie together, working together.
For that reason alone, Joss Whedon‘s Avengers Age of Ultron is satisfying. Beyond that, it a falls a little bit short of its amazing predecessor. When compared to the first film, Age of Ultron is more even, constantly exciting and surprising. There are huge laughs, there’s drama, some real character development, and some absolutely crazy action. That consistency almost makes up for the fact the film lacks the “Wow” moments of the first movie and that brand new feeling we got the first time.
Nevertheless, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a blast. Read the rest of our Avengers Age of Ultron review below.
Ready, Set, Ultron!
Avengers: Age of Ultron is unapologetic. From frame one, the movie drops you back into Marvel’s world. You either know what’s happening – something with twins, a scepter and Hydra – or you don’t. Once that bow is tied on story elements lingering from Phase Two, the film really begins when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) does something terrible. He creates Ultron, an artificial intelligence that within moments decides the only way to save the world is to end it. The character evolves quickly throughout the movie but what you don’t get from the trailer is just how much like James Spader he is. You see Spader’s face in his animation, and mannerisms as well as his voice. He’s a worthy antagonist.
In that antagonist, we also get the narrative and thematic meat of the film. Ultron’s creation is filtered through the mind of Tony Stark and the two characters come to represent the film’s ideas. There’s Tony, always wanting to save the world but not knowing how. Then there’s Ultron, who can save the world at its own expense. Does the world deserve to be saved? What does “saving” the world even mean? These ideas are among the richest weaved throughout the entire film.
Two other new characters in the film are Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. Referred to as “The Twins,” their powers – super speed for Pietro and a mix of telepathy and telekinesis for Wanda – add a whole new dimension to the Avengers’ world. These characters make the Avengers vulnerable, and that gives the film some needed pathos. That feeling also comes from the arc of the twins, which is linked to some deeper problems.
The Real Stars
It goes without saying that characters like Iron Man, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) are all given moments to shine. However, since they each had movies in the past few years, writer/director Joss Whedon really amps up their counterparts. A key relationship builds between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), but the real highlight is Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner‘s character, a complete afterthought in the past three years, is the true star of the movie. He’s given a significant back story, great dialogue and lots of memorable and funny moments.