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About Those Big Moments

Saying Hawkeye is the star doesn’t mean Thor, Captain America and Iron Man aren’t important though. Each has a lot of good action and character beats. But, because they take a back seat once in a while, Age of Ultron does suffer. Iron Man is largely absent from the finale. Thor goes away for a chunk of the movie. Plus, there’s no moment quite like Hulk transforming in order to destroy the Chitauri worm. There’s no Hulk saving a falling Iron Man. No Loki getting smashed by Hulk. Lots of moments come close, but nothing quite hits those marks. The first Avengers hit 10 quite often, but Age of Ultron never gets past an 8 or 9.

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The Vision Is the Movie

Then there’s Vision, played by Paul Bettany, who is basically the personification of movie. Just like Age of Ultron, he’s bigger, he’s more powerful and he’s a composite of multiple things including stories from the past and the future. He also has best moments in the movie. Then there’s just his total weirdness. You either totally buy into how different he is from everything else and it works, or you don’t and it doesn’t. It’s pretty hard to find a middle ground but either way, it’s fun to see him in the movie and he adds a great dimension.

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MCU Connections

Marvel fans in the pursuit of Easter Eggs will also find lots to like in Age of Ultron. Several scenes feel like direct set-ups for Phase Three. There are a ton of cameos, reveals and a hell of an mid-credits tease. These moments are necessary to set the table but they do give the film a mild case of “Iron Man 2 syndrome.” They also hold the film back from being as ultimately satisfying as the original film, which had such a huge, rousing conclusion.

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Our Huge, Rousing Conclusion

Walking out of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was difficult to wrap my head around my feelings. I’d enjoyed the hell out of the massive movie and was dying to see it again. But I felt a tad empty. Hawkeye helped fill that, as did the Twins and Vision, but it was missing some of the warmth of the first film. Joss Whedon attempts, and succeeds, to make a different, darker, more complex and bigger sequel but he’s a victim of his own success. Age of Ultron works but you can’t help but remember the moments that helped us get here. You end up speculating more about what’s to come than what you just saw, even though what you just saw was incredibly funny and exciting.

/Film Rating: 7.5 out 10

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Germain graduated NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Cinema Studies program in 2002 and won back to back First Place awards for film criticism from the New York State Associated Press in 2006 and 2007.