Avengers: Age of Ultron Reviews
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a spectacular movie and has some stunning visuals and plot details. But the villain, Ultron (James Spader), doesn't feel compelling and Avengers: Age of Ultron has, yet again, a huge army of disposable things. Marvel's The Avengers, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy had this too. *SPOILER* Although an Avenger finally dies for once it isn't that heavy on the plot and it doesn't feel heavy either. Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) was only introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and only had 30 seconds in the movie. This time around he is actually in the movie but you don't really connect with him as much. CGI wasn't perfect (especially on the disposable robot army). But the movie does continue the characters' story in a good way and lets us know about some of their biggest fears which make them even more compelling. Overall Avengers: Age of Ultron was maybe not what everyone was hoping for and may have even disappointed some people, but it is not a bad movie and it is even pretty good. The movie is a more than solid entry in the MCU.
Step into the future where Avengers Infintiy War is two weeks out, going back and watching all of the movies back to back in order. This movie isn't as good as I remember. At the time it was new, but after comparing it with the whole thing, this movie felt like alot of just adding to plots that go beyond this movie alone. They gave Hawkeye a family, developed a Hulk/Black Widow love connection, added three new avengers to the team, and gave the idea of impending doom in the future. I think Ultron is one of the weaker MCU villains unfortunately. They tried to make him tell jokes and I feel like that was a bad creative move. All and all though this movie is still alot of fun. And Vision still kicks ass.
still is and ok movie
It's one thing to please comics fans with constant references to other movies and characters that have evolved over several movies. That movie does that, with good directing and well made special effects - so I understand some people liked it. But that they loved it... really ?
Many movies recently have been about self references so much they forget to have an original story. An artificial intelligence that wants to wipe out humanity ? That is a lame pitch in 2018, the most unoriginal idea I've seen in a Marvel movie for 3 years. It's been done so many times, and so much better than that 2 hours long trailer.
Because yes, it felt like a trailer, it is clearly a transition to the next franchise, the end of the movie confirms it... And seriously, the next avengers don't seem to have half the charisma of a Robert Downey, a Chris Evans, or the other Chris, so far.
I love listening to Robert Downey talking once in a while, but in this movie, they all talk so much, but seem so tired, even Robert shows little charisma... And they are supposed to sound smart, but... No, sorry, that movie is not smart, it's only convoluted.
While some of the criticisms made about this movie when it was first released are well deserved, I don't think it is as bad as everyone lets on. I had a lot of fun re-watching this movie and it was differently better than I remembered it. From great villain casting, to amazing battles, this movie had a lot to offer.
I'll start with Ultron. Now, Ultron is my favorite marvel comic villain so there was a lot riding on this character to be good. I'll say it straight off the bat, he was not the Ultron I loved from the comics. This really took away from the movie the first time I watched it, but after seeing it again and knowing he was his own character, I really enjoyed him. James Spader was perfect for this role. His menacing character and charm really gave Ultron a level of intellectual villainy that we hadn't seen before. You felt his presence every time he was on screen. He wasn't on screen that often which wasn't great, I think to really flesh out the character more, he needed maybe another 10-15 minutes screen time. His origin was very rushed and his motives, while obvious, lacked depth.
Another great point in the movie was the Hulk vs hulkbuster battle. When the Iron Man 3 trailer was released, we got a clip of what appeared to be the hulkbuster, this ended up being just another pointless Iron Man suit. This movie didn't play around, this was the hulkbuster armor we had been waiting for. The fight with it in action against the Hulk was fantastic. He showed the true strength of both Hulk and Tony's armor. CGI was fantastic and the reasoning behind the fight felt earned. It wasn't just angry hulk against angry Tony, it was Tony trying to help his friend who was under mind control. It was a great character moment for both of them.
The introduction of the new characters was also really good to see. While short lived, I enjoyed Quick Silver and his relationship with his sister, Wanda. Their origin was obviously completely different from the comics but I feel it fitted into the world of the MCU. The Vision was also fantastic, his speech to the Avengers when he is first created, really shows who he is as a "person" and lets you know his values straight away. The only problem I had with the new characters was that their powers were never really explained. They all got something from the mind gem, but how did it give the twins their different powers? What did it do for Vision? And if it was from Loki's septor, what happened to the mind control aspect of it?
Now as I said at the beginning, this movie wasn't perfect and the big problem everyone seems to have with it, and I agree, is the Thor subplot. I understand that they needed a way to tie this into Thanos and the Infinity stones, but the fact that Thor just got a vision from Scarlett witch and then he knows about the Infinity gems being used around the galaxy, didn't make any sense. I thought Scarlett's visions were of a persons own mind, not showing them a greater understanding of the universe, or even the future? It just didn't work for me!
While the final battle scene was very cool and the stakes felt high, the fact that it was another mass army of drones destroying a city definitely felt like the first Avengers movie all over again. I wanted to see Ultron bots fighting the Avengers simultaneously, giving each of them a run for their money. This never happened and they just ended up fighting nameless robots. When the helicarrier showed up to help however, I did gasp more than a little.
Verdict: MINOR SURGERY
While far from a perfect movie, it definitely doesn't deserve the criticism people have given it is recent years. James Spader was fantastic, if not a under used, and the battles between all the characters looked great. I wouldn't say this was an essential watch, but I would certainly say it's a fun watch.