Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron is a bigger and better sequel in almost every aspect. The action is larger, the comedy is more funny and the team-building is better than ever.
Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron is a major improvement over The Avengers, increasing the action and comedy, while also exploring some of the lesser characters from the first film. That being said — the plot could be tighter and the story a little more condensed, but as is; Avengers: Age of Ultron is a sequel that manages to top its predecessor is almost every single way.
The Avengers are back and now face their largest threat yet — Ultron (voiced by James Spader), an A.I. accidently created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in hopes of protecting the world from alien invaders.
Now, Ultron is slowing building a massive robot army, in hopes of wiping out the Avengers and taking over the world.
With him, are two genetically engineered humans that can read minds and move at the speed of light, creating an even bigger set of problems that could possibly tear the Avengers down and destroy them forever.
Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel that I have been desperately waiting for ever since being slightly let down by The Avengers. Age of Ultron takes pretty much all aspects of that film to greater levels, increasing the size and scope of the film, while also stuffing in so much team-oriented action and chaos.
Also, the characters are evened out a bit more, focusing more on Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow. Hawkeye is especially given much more background detail and screen-time, finally allowing us all to see just how important he is as a member of a team of superheroes and Gods. Renner’s arrow-shooting Hawkeye just might be the most important Avenger in Age of Ultron and watching Renner and Whedon explore that and explain that is a great thing.
Whedon also hints at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is fun and exciting, but also part of the film’s limited problems.
There’s just too much trying to be stuffed into an already long movie, with a two and a half hour running time never exactly feeling too long, but definitely a little congested when it comes to introducing so many new characters and plot points for this and future Marvel productions.
Paul Bettany‘s The Vision and James Spader‘s Ultron are two characters that almost suffer from that congestion, with The Vision proving to be one of the most bad ass best kept secrets from the marketing, while Ultron eats up every scene that he’s in, with Spader absolutely nailing the line delivery and tone of the character.
The two do get side-tracked as the rest of the Avengers struggle with each other and their new-found enemies, but Whedon mostly handles that well, occasionally stepping aside to shoot something that could have perhaps been cut out or simplified to keep the general flow of the film feeling a little tighter and more focused.
Still, Age of Ultron accomplishes a lot, especially when considered just how massive it is and how much ground it covers in a little over two hours. The film feels like it could benefit from an extra hour for fine-tuning, yet tightening some of the more loose scenes could have perhaps created and even better experience that runs a little shorter.
It’s a hard problem to tackle and I feel like Whedon could have accomplished a better film had he cut out some sequences all together or given them more time to breathe and settle into the already large film.
As is, Age of Ultron is a bigger and more bad ass Avengers film that certainly corrects a few wrongs from the first film, while also creating a few of its own problems, like occasionally stiff dialogue and rushed character beats.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is still one heck of a popcorn flick that continues to prove Marvel’s success at creating and expanding their created universe, full of bright and colorful characters. Don’t bother with the 3D if you’re strapped for cash, but definitely check this one out on the big screen opening weekend.