Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader
Directed by Josh Whedon, based on the comic books by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
IMDB Rating: 8.2
The engine room of the titan that is Marvel, the first Avengers in 2012 set a new bar for future superhero movies. For this reason, a lot rides on the success of the $250,000,000 Avengers.
As the Avengers steal back Loki’s staff from the end of the first Avenger’s film, Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) discovers its potential to create an A.I programme capable of defending the earth for them, Ultron. However when started up, the A.I Ultron immediately sets his sights on destroying the Avengers. He seeps into the internet, and with the help of two genetically engineered superheroes – Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Olsen) – declares war on the Avengers.
First of all, the opening scene for this film has to be one of the coolest, most entertaining opening scenes I’ve ever seen! It perfectly captures everything people loved about the original Avengers film. It’s been a while since I last saw the first Avengers film (and I know you shouldn’t, but you do need to compare them), but I don’t remember there being such a long drop in the tempo as there was in this film. A little drop was appreciated after the firing start, but it seems to go on and on, too long before we get to see what we want to see, KAPOW’s! The new characters add another level of super-powered awesomeness to the film, while the original group have almost more cockiness than they did in the first – another trait almost unique to the Marvel universe.
There’s nothing new or different – as you would expect – from the original Avengers crew compared to their performances in the first film, so I’m going to focus on the new duo. Olson was very good as the incredibly strong Scarlet Witch, making an impact every time she was on the screen. However, I’m not sold on her Russian accent. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlet Witch’s speedy brother, was a more convincing Russian, but I don’t think was as convincing a villain-turned-hero as Olsen.
Again, Josh Whedon has shown why he is regarded as a god amongst geeks. His directing in this film is spot on – particularly during the action scenes, the bedrock of any good superhero movie. The way he transitions scenes from one focus to another, in action and general scenes, is something not many directors can (or choose to) do. I honestly can’t think of anywhere he put a foot wrong!
Simply put, Age of Ultron starts like a steam-train, gets delayed at the station, then shoots off into the sunset! I heard a lot of people say that this wasn’t as good as the first film, but I personally think that this is a better film than its previous. The characters are more developed, more entertaining and the fight scenes are crisper and sharper than in the first. People will have their own opinions, some people will have preferred less kicking and more story, but for me this is exactly what it should have been – just flat-out awesome. The next Avengers film, Infinity Wars, is in 2018. And that, that will be AWESOME!!