Avengers: Age of Ultron Review
By: Kyle Pinaro
The Marvel Cinematic Universe burst onto the scene with the success of 2008’s Iron Man, part one of Marvel’s Phase One. It came to a close in 2012 with Marvel’s The Avengers, which was a riveting crowd and critic pleasing film filled with intense action sequences and Joss Whedon’s great one-liners on top of some great character building, as well as a great villain at the helm of it all. Phase Two started back in 2013 with Iron Man 3 and ever since then audiences have been treated to some of the best superhero movies in years as well as some amazing universe building. But how well does Avengers: Age of Ultron bookend Phase Two?
Well for starters, it feels like a return to form in most aspects while bringing something new and exciting back to the MCU. The film is of course stylized but never feels like it’s out of touch with its audience, never forgoing emotion in favor of thrills. The film kicks off with a quick action sequence where all the Avengers are attacking a HYDRA base in search of Loki’s scepter and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker taking refuge inside of the base (Thomas Kretschmann) with his experiments, previously glimpsed in the mid credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and from then on it really never lets go. After retrieving Loki’s scepter Tony Stark creates an AI from a dormant peace keeping program, Ultron (James Spader), and of course bad things happen and blah blah blah who really cares about the story, because the bottom line is anybody going to watch this movie is a fan of the universe and The Avengers.
Ultron is one of the most twisted and hilarious villains the MCU has to offer, and Spader portrays him with so much glee you’d think he wasn’t even getting paid for it. The cast is welcomed again and they perform as expected, nothing really much to complain about except for some plot holes here and there that could have been avoided if the original 160-minute cut made it to theatres. At times some of the plot holes are so apparent I was left scratching my head, and I know I wasn’t the only one in the theater thinking it as well.
Nonetheless the action is great, the characters are awesome, the humor is a home run, and the special effects are amazing. A worthy addition to the MCU that obviously doesn’t live up to the original (because what sequel ever does) and a nice bookend for Phase Two, leaving storylines open for future events in Phase Three. If you like the universe and have been there from the start (like myself), go see it. If you like superheros, go see it. If you’re someone who doesn’t like either of those, then why the hell are you at a movie that’s the 11th in the franchise? It’s seriously awesome, and make sure you stay for that mid credits scene.
Score: 4 out of 5