Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Chris France gives you a NO SPOILERS review of the latest release from Marvel
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So, where do I even start on this movie?
As someone who watches a lot of movies and thinks about them in the greater scheme of things I am going to be pointing out flaws in a movie that I did actually really enjoy. And that, I think, is a decent opening sentence for this review. This is a really great and very enjoyable movie, but like all movies, it has its flaws.
Other than it being overall just very enjoyable, this movie was a visual masterpiece. I say this with the greatest of honesty: the special effects were beautiful, the camera work was impeccable and the smallest things, from the colours of the costumes to the animation of The Vision's cape were seamless within the movie and were well appreciated.
One of the biggest things that divided ‘Age of Ultron’ from ‘Avengers Assemble’ is the shared yet still very interesting character development; this is particularly noticeable with the characters: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Although these developments were very much needed in this shared universe, I felt that certain chemistry was not needed between two these fore-mentioned characters. As well as bettering characters from previous movies in the franchise, Age of Ultron did a spectacular job of introducing four new characters: Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson), Ultron (James Spader) and The Vision (Paul Bettany).
The introduction of all four of these characters has changed the Marvel cinematic universe to one that is not so much grounded in reality anymore, but this fact hasn’t been abused at all. They were all introduced into the movie very well but to me, the stand out role of these new characters and in fact the stand out role of the whole movie was definitely James Spader as Ultron. You really must see it for yourself, but he added a strange kind of insane/dark humour to the role which added a new level of depth to the character that you didn’t expect to get out of a “Sentient Robot”. On its own that is a cliché along with Zombies and Aliens in the Sci Fi Genre, but the humour aspect that he added to the film reminded me even a little of Heath Ledgers Joker, from 2008’s “The Dark Knight”.
One of the most memorable scenes in this film, is the very last one, which marks a bit of an end of an era, but also shows a bright future for the franchise. Overall I think my favourite thing about this movie, which might surprise you, is actually a move in writing and directing by Joss Wheaton. The film doesn’t talk down to the audience, it doesn’t say things in the film simply for the purpose of informing the viewer of the context of the situation. It is my biggest gripe to be treated like I’m stupid in movies. I don’t want characters in a movie, changing what they are supposed to do as their character, to explain to the audience what is going on.
This film starts in the middle of a battle, Star wars Episode IV style, and it’s awesome, at least for me, as someone who has seen all the previous Marvel films. For anyone else, I can imagine that it could be hugely confusing trying to catch on without prior knowledge of the franchise. This is only one of the problems that this film has.
Some really confusing stuff happens in this film at times, even as someone who has seen all of the previous films at least 3 times each. During the last segment of the film there appears to be an issue with one of the earth’s natural forces – I’m not sure if it was because I was being stupid, or not listening but I found that the reasoning for that even happening to be a very confusing thing. As well as that, I had an issue with the use of certain characters.
Chris Hemsworth’s character, Thor, was badly used particularly in the middle of this movie. He kind of just disappears “to find answers” with very little explanation, there is a very convenient way in which he finds these answers with the help of Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) who’s appearance in this movie is pretty much pointless. Together they find some mystical unexplained place that helps to tie up all loose ends, in an overall very ungratifying way that is very likely to annoy both Marvel fans and general cinema goers alike. The other character that was misused was that of Andy Serkis’s Ulysses Klaw. What I saw of this character, I liked, and although this appearance is helping set up this character for future movies, notably Black Panther, I think it would have helped the movie to be the most interesting that it could have been if perhaps we got just a little bit more of Andy Serkis’s genius, after all it’s pleasant to see him in live action every once in a while.
As much nitpicking as I can do for this movie, there is no hiding that it is an incredibly enjoyable movie. This movie is going to do well in the box office, taking into consideration how well the first Avengers film did, with the publicity and potential fans from the success of Avengers Assemble as well as the increased quality of storyline; this movie is guaranteed to be a box office smash.