3/4

Avengers: Age of Ultron [2015] ★★★

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Step up, Avengers junkies, and see the summer 2015 blockbuster that you’ve been waiting for since 2012. Like the first Avengers movie, “Age of Ultron” tries to stuff part of the Marvel universe (past, present and… future?) into one movie. The character overload may leave newbies dazed and confused. But fans are in for an exhilarating rush. Director Joss Whedon returns to the game he started successfully a few years ago (the numbers speak for themselves) and he does himself proud. I’m not saying his new film is superior to its predecessor (it’s not), but I had a great time watching it. It’s  everything a comic-book superhero movie could hope to be: funny, exciting and even dark at times. So what happens this time around? Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has messed up. His peacekeeping program, Ultron (motion-captured and voiced brilliantly by James Spader), has turned against him and is intent on destroying every human on the planet. So naturally it’s up to Team Avengers, including Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans)  Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to save the day. Downey has set the bar high and inspired his colleagues to play at the same level. There’s no weak link here as everyone gets a chance to shine (and even crack a joke or two). Best of all, Whedon brings on a few newbies. There’s the twins, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). No way am I spilling more. But I will say that Iron Man and The Hulk have a potent face-to-face and that Ultron’s entrance is a wowser. OK, maybe “Age of Ultron” is merely a stopgap between Part 1 and the upcoming “Infinity War”. But it’s also a movie that uses action to define character and has the skills to make you care about each and every character in this huge Marvel universe.  Whedon gives us all of that and more, in a film that clocks in at well over two hours but never seems long. Now that’s something worth calling spectacular.

Rating: 3/4

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  1. I’ve been rating movies ever since i was a kid. To my friends i’m known to be the movie critic and the superhero junkie. You can guess then how much i was looking forward to the second avenger assemble ( frankly was a bit disappointed not to have Loki in it but after seeing it I respect Wheadon’s choice for it would’ve been bombarded) I recently discovered your site and thought i’d check up on some reviews see where you stand on movies i’ve reviewed and for the most part i’ve gotta give you a thumbs up ( especially for the ex-machina review, few people would be as balsy as to give it a 2.5 ) but upon reading this review i was frankly disappointed. Haveb taken a few critique classes back in canada i know that a good movie critics doesn’t let his love for a certain genre take control and so while reviewing AOU I didn’t let my childish and incontrovertible love of superheroes cloud my judgement. But rating it a 3 was too generous. I mean the acting was good and just like every marvel movie the effects left me awestruck buf you can’t neglect the abundant plot holes and the lack of it in that matter. As a superhero movie it should mainly rely on action but you can’t have a 2hrs+ movie with a plot as slim as this and take the audience for granted thinking that they’ll enjoy it for it’s over the top budget. I for one was very disappointed with the whole judging that marvel preceding movie’s such as the winter soldier the dark world and the beautifully done days of future past! They had the action and the budget a superhero movie had but they also had some thought provoking and surprising twist that the audiance deserve which is why i had to give the avengers a 2.25 at most and judging it as to being a B movie im disguise ( it’s a bit harsh I know but still )

    • Thank you Steven for the kind words. It’s always nice to meet a fellow movie buff. Regarding Avengers, I must admit that I really enjoyed it at the time. It’s by no means a great movie but it did keep me entertained. I know superhero fans like yourself deserve better but I think Marvel is doing a pretty good job so far (Winter Soldier was terrific). Please do keep checking the blog for more updates. Your input is always valuable.

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