Friday, 24 April 2015

Film Review


Avengers: The Age of Ultron

(2015)



Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader
Written by: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee (comic book), Jack Kirby (comic book)
Director: Joss Whedon
Running time: 141min




Action packed from beginning to end, but did I like it as much as the first avengers movie? No, not quite.

I really enjoy the Marvel movies and I desperately wanted to love this film and watched each of the new clips as they came out.  Perhaps I shouldn’t have. Perhaps jumping into all the hype created unrealistic expectations.

Don’t get me wrong – The Age of Ultron is good, fun, exciting and entertaining, but the sass and laughs of the first film fell a little flat.  The witty one-liners were still there, but didn’t elicit laughs throughout the cinema.  This film is a little darker than the previous film and I think it took itself a little more seriously – perhaps that was the problem. 

The opening scene is really fast paced as Captain America races through a forest on his bike. CGI here with the bike wasn’t great in a couple of places, but this was the only place I noticed that. The rest of the special effects and CGI were wonderful and I was totally hooked.

The usual plot, developed some interesting twists, delved into moral and ethical issues, created friction between the main characters and managed their multiple story arcs really well. The development of back-stories for the main characters was excellent – I appreciated the irony of Hawkeye’s story. I loved what happened to Jarvis. 

Did the time pass quickly – you bet.  Will I get the DVD?  Of course!