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Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers-Age-of-Ultron-Poster[1]Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanson, Jeremey Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Elizabeth Olsen

I thought the first Avengers film was fantastic. There was something about seeing the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk all on screen at the same time. It’s been done many times in animation films but never live action though. The closest we were going to get to something like that was the canned Superman Lives film where Michael Keaton was set to make a cameo appearance as Bruce Wayne.
I am a graphic novel fan. Always have been. I don’t claim to have the best knowledge but I know enough to get by. I don’t have a particular allegiance towards Marvel or DC either, but if I were to choose then it’s got to be Marvel. They just know how to market their characters, that’s one of the reasons why Avengers was a huge success. I am looking forward to the upcoming DC films (Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League) but I do feel that they’re cramming too much too soon in a short space of time in an attempt to catch up with Marvel. Speaking about DC, I turned up to this film wearing a Batman shirt. My friends were appalled. They looked at me as if I’d farted in church or declared my undying love for Aquaman. So here I am sitting in the front row watching a Marvel film whiles wearing my evil Batman shirt, let’s hope I don’t get lynched by the Marvel fan boys afterwards!

Playboy billionaire Tony Stark (RDJ) want’s to push the bounties of technology. He wants to create a dormant peacekeeping programme which can help aid the Avengers and eventually keep the peace on earth once the Avengers finally dissemble. Stark and Bruce Banner (Ruffalo)discover an artificial intelligence within the scepter’s gem, and secretly use it to complete Stark’s “Ultron” global defence program. Something goes wrong……terribly wrong. The unexpectedly sentient Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, eliminates Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers during a victory party at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Baron Strucker’s Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Quicksilver (ATJ) and Scarlet Witch (Olsen). Tony’s boo-boo has caused a rift between his teammates, but they must put all that to one side if they want to bring down Ultron.

Here’s a question for you, where the hell was Agent Coulson in all this? Did he ring in sick when all this was going on? Is he on holiday? Does he even work for S.H.E.L.D anymore?

Second, I thought Tony destroyed all his Iron Man amours as seen in the ending of Iron Man 3 (let us never speak about that film again)

I’ve got to give the film credit for the opening scene. It grabs you from the word go and refuses to let you take your eyes off the screen. I haven’t been so captivated from the first few minutes of a film since the bank job scene in The Dark Knight. With the new characters, I liked what they did with Vision and how they did it. The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are amazing as well with Quicksilver being the standout star. It was everything that was great about X-Men Days of Future Past and then some. They completely nailed it with him (on a side note, I HOPE in the Deadpool film that Deadpool makes a reference to the character’s inclusion in both films as well as Chris Evans playing the roles of Captain America and Johnny Storm). Robert was on top form as expected and Mark Ruffalo gave such a key performance which only proves why a standalone Hulk film needs to be done. Give him a shot. He deserves the chance! I also want to go on record to say that everyone has a chance to shine, even Hawkeye! He has some memorable one-liners and some worthy material to work with unlike the previous film.

What did I make of Ultron? First class he was! James Spader’s voice strikes as the perfect embodiment of the indomitable android Ultron who is hellbent to rendering the planet to extinction. Spader has the utmost command of the character and has fuelled it with utter rage and bitterness, and calm and ease when need be.

Nice cameo appearances from Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba and even Andy Serkis!

The action scenes are where this movie excels at and the CGI is visually pleasing on the eye. The Hulk v Hulkbuster scene was the shit and I just hope that the DVD has like a Director’s cut or something just so we can see an extension to the brawl.

AOU is without fault, but too few and little that they’re not even worth-noting. To be able to gather all these larger than live personas and bring their different worlds into one universe is already a colossal feat. I recall a lot of people thinking that the first Avenges movie would fall flat on its arse, but it’s the polar opposite.

The seeds have been planted for both Civil War and Infinity War. The future is brighter than ever for the Marvel cinematic universe.

Your move DC!

Rating: **** (Champion)

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