Film Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Monday 4 May 2015 by

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Film, Marvel, Superhero

Let’s be honest, this review is going to be somewhat biased. As a massive superheroes fan, I was always going to love Avengers: Age of Ultron. The second outing for the Avengers is the next big step in the Marvel plan, moving ever towards the big war that is coming (yes, there is a big war coming).

With S.H.I.E.L.D. no more, and Hydra trying to construct their dastardly plan, it is up to the Avengers to stop them. But, as is often the case, they are their own worst enemy; when retrieving Loki’s sceptre, they set in motion a much bigger problem: Ultron.

Ultron is the Artificial Intelligence programme that Stark (Robert Downey Jr) has devised as a global peacekeeping programme. But Ultron doesn’t have peacekeeping in mind, and with the help of his two “advanced” (Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively) goes about trying to change the world in his vision – which seems to be pretty much destroying the human race.

It’s time to throw in some slow-motion fight scenes, uplifting musical scores, and gratuitous shots of heroic poses from the Avengers. Complete, indulgent joy. Joss Whedon is at the helm again, which also means a pinpoint, deliciously witty script to go with it. This is everything I love about the Marvel films, rolled in to one.

Even better, the character developments take huge leaps forward (Black Widow and the Hulk, Hawkeye’s alternate life), which gives this film the depth it needs to be much more than your run of the mill action film. Where Whedon (with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) is so good, is his power to draw out the human story. Even the twins, despite this being their first – and potential only – outing, are nuanced and interesting.

Ultron himself is fantastically realised, but it is the power of the script that makes him so brilliant – he gets the majority of the best lines, and with the voice of James Spader, he dominates his scenes with ease. As an enemy he is brilliant – the perfect foil for the overly heroic Avengers.

If you are a fan of Marvel, superhero films, action films, or even just a rip-roaring good tale, Avengers: Age of Ultron has it all and then some. Indulge and enjoy!

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