Ask around and you might hear some people say that Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t as good as it’s hyped up to be, and while that may be true, it certainly isn’t bad. I was fortunate enough to see the film in a special X-Plus format which made the film all the more atmospheric. The amount of times the floor rumbled is testament to the action in the film.
Avengers Assemble piled 6 superheroes together and made them save NYC from an Alien race attack led by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), this time, they’re piled together to stop the earth’s core from crumbling. Admittedly the earth crumbling bit didn’t happen at the beginning, Hydra is up to its old tricks again, carrying on from Captain America: The Winter Soldier; the villain somehow always has to be a German or a Russian. The real villain is a robot unknowingly created by Tony Stark Aka Iron Man. Ultron’s desire to ruin humanity because it is already ruined is flawed to say the least.
The film has plenty of funny moments, including a scene in which Captain America (Chris Evans) almost picks up Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. More of Black Widows’s past is revealed, Scarlett Johansson once again portrays Natasha as a strong yet vulnerable character. This time, her connection with Bruce Banner becomes much stronger and she begins to fall in love with him, but the Hulk runs away from her, as he always does whenever he gets close to someone.
For me, the highlight of the film was Elizabeth Olsen’s ‘Scarlett Witch’, before the screening I was excited to see her and she definitely did not disappoint. Her Sokovian accent was very convincing and her characters involvement, enchanting. Wanda Maximoff as a character has been incredibly interesting to me since watching her fight against her dad, Magneto in the X-Men cartoons. Her brother, Quicksilver is played by British actor Aaron Taylor Johnson and while his character is interesting, his accent is terrible. Although, I did find it disheartening when he died, especially since he did so in a morally just way.
The film contains all the usual ‘fight against the bad guys’ action and CGI but this time it wasn’t bad, it was just quite a bit different to the first. This is not a bad thing, by all means a trilogy has to evolve and explore new settings but there is something about the way the film is handled that just doesn’t sit right. Joss Whedon is an incredible writer and director and his craftsmanship is more than worthy of taking on a franchise like this.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a riveting, fast paced superhero blockbuster that all the family can enjoy, the film’s use of the infinity gems previously explored in Thor: The Dark World and Guardians Of The Galaxy sets up the story arc for the next Avengers hit Infinity Wars: Part 1 and 2 which is rumoured to include Thanos and Loki.