Flash Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

The most important thing for some people is to maintain appearances. It is all about being a dutiful son, obedient daughter or the perfect family member; one must never air their dirty laundry, letting others see any cracks within the family unit. There was a family I knew that had a son and daughter. The two siblings never got along and would act out in some outrageous ways with no regard to personal or commercial property. Inside their home there were the usual scuff marks on the walls and floors. However there were a few unexplained holes in the walls too. If anyone visiting asked about the holes the stock answer given was a delivery man knocked into the wall. Regarding the siblings’ teacher/student conferences, whenever the parents were questioned about their children’s behavior they would blankly stare and say everything was fine at home. I never understood this type of logic, where people think it is better to just smile and say everything is fine than talking issues out. Just because family members may have some troubles between them does not mean they are no longer a unified family unit. Besides, don’t people root for those who come to terms with their issues, who reveal their real selves flaws and all?    UNBEKNOWNST to the other Avengers Tony Stark/Ironman and Bruce Danner/Hulk, played by Robert Downey Jr (The Judge, The Soloist) and Mark Ruffalo (Now You See Me, Foxcatcher), were working on a new technology that would help and maintain world peace. Instead it would facilitate the destruction of mankind. This action science fiction sequel had a lot of pressure to live up to its predecessor. What made this adventure film fun was the returning cast and their ability to do justice to the smartly written script. There was just the right amount of sarcasm, wittiness, pathos and excitement to keep the viewer entertained. A perfect example would be Robert Downey Jr’s character. His timing which was as impeccable as Jarvis’ (Tony Stark’s virtual assistant) diction was great when he had to deliver one of the clever quips or jokes. The cast really worked well together like a family, but I want to give an extra shout out to Mark Ruffalo and newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy, In Secret) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. These two had a strong impact across the screen due to their acting abilities with their given lines. Now to the crux of why this sequel worked; the characters were allowed to show their flaws and insecurities; they were more real to us where we could sympathize with them. Personally I enjoyed the 1st film more than this one. Yes the action scenes were intense, the special effects were good and James Spader (Lincoln, Boston Legal-TV) was perfect as the voice of Ultron; but the story was a little too long and there was a feeling of familiarity, a sense of deja vu. However, by letting the characters show more of their baggage and flaws, I only wanted to root for them more. There was one extra scene in the middle of the ending credits.

 

3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 4, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the tip with the end credits. I always leave the cineme too soon…

  2. I agree with this review. It was a bit ‘Michael Bay’ for my liking. Avengers in my opinion doesn’t need so much dazzle dazzle; the story and acting is good enough on it’s own.

  3. “Besides, don’t people root for those who come to terms with their issues, who reveal their real selves flaws and all?” I like how you weave a thread like this with your personal back-story and then tie it together with the film you’re reviewing. I do want to see this one, so I always check your review first. It’s a go!

    • Yes I agree most people will support someone who starts to be true to themselves. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to leave him here. I hope you see this film on the big screen and I would enjoy hearing your take on it.

  4. We went to see this movie on Saturday. My kids are comic book nerds so it must an absolute must see in the cinema. My boys went in with very high expectations and we’re not disappointed. My husband and I really enjoyed the movie but didn’t think it was as enjoyable or engaging as the first.

    For me the strengths were that the movie could focus on relationships between characters since the characters were already established as individuals. The proper team work was demonstrated in the full throttle action set pieces which were beautifully choreographed. I liked that some previously shadowy characters were given more depth (Hawkeye) but others were made peripheral (Thor and the newer heroes like Falcon). Ultron was a great baddie and my kids were delighted with the movie version of Vision. The plot, however, was a tad threadbare and we all missed the charisma of Loki. There was also a flabby section where I felt my eyes drifting towards nodding. And we were there for a matinee.

    I am someone who has always sat through the credits of movies. I feel like it’s my duty to acknowledge the contribution made by all those listed. My kids have been trained to do the same and, of course, in the Marvel universe the reward is that they get to see little sneak peaks that suggest future movies or which add something to their knowledge. It surprised me that almost everyone else left the cinema before that sequence even though by now most people must know that Marvel inserts these clips into the credits.

    • I am so glad you had a family outing. Because of your comments, I was able to tell a few people it was okay to take their family with young kids to go see this film. Thank you for describing your time at the theater and your take on it.

      • I would say it depends very much on the judgement of the parents. We permit our kids to watch movies containing violence in an unrealistic context but for some parents the violence might be too much. There are also a couple of swear words used but again we’ve taught our kids that swearing is all about context. There were certainly a lot of kids in the cinema when we saw the movie so clearly lots of parents have the same ruling as us but I think it’s worth parents knowing that it is a PG13 for a reason.

        I always read the Parent’s Guide on IMDB to help me reach an adjudication over whether my kids can watch a certain movie or not.

  5. This is such a well written review! I have to agree with you showing that these heroes have weaknesses helped create empathy. As they are still human! I reviewed Age Of Ultron on my blog as I really liked the film and I would love for you to check it out. https://slatethesilverscreen.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/marvels-avengers-age-of-cameos/ Also my most recent post is about Elizabeth Olsen’s first feature film Martha Marcy May Marlene, she was great as Scarlet witch but is amazing in this film. Id be awesome if you had a look at that review too. https://slatethesilverscreen.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/the-olsen-triplet-martha-marcy-marianne-marion-mandy-megan-michelle-may-marlene/

    • Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave your great comments and kind words. I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Olsen and I agree with you, she was incredible in Martha Marcy May Marlene. I will check out your review; thanks for letting me know.

  6. My partner and I enjoyed the earlier Avengers movie, but this one left me doing my best to catch a nap. Unfortunately, they were so busy destroying the scenery that I couldn’t get to sleep and we were four seats from the aisle, so leaving would have been more disruptive than we wanted to be. Not my favorite movie.

    • Bummer to hear about your experience with this sequel. I can understand since it did not feel as fresh to me as the first one. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments; I appreciate it.

  7. I like the Avengers movies and glad to hear you feel it is good with 3 stars. Some of the first films were made in Ohio and was fun to point out familiar places.

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