I was interested to look back on my review of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and see that I gave it a glowing review.
Clearly time has not been kind on my memory of it, as my lasting impression seemed to be that it turned into one long CGI Destruction Porn sequence, just like pretty much every Superhero movie has become.
But hey, it’s the initial impression that’s probably the most clear, and it’s for that sort of scenario that this blog was started in the first place.
Anyway, I was a little apprehensive going to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron today, as I thought that what I remembered the first movie being would be repeated again here.
So was I right?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Spoiler Free Review – What’s It About?
Tony Stark’s idea to launch a new artificial intelligence – Ultron – to work towards world peace backfires when it reasons that peace can only be achieved if humanity is wiped out.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review – Who’s In It?
Pretty much every protagonist from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the exception of Pepper Potts and Thor’s girlfriend (I forget her name). Both are name checked and given ropey excuses for not being there.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review – How Highly Is It Rated?
Generally speaking it gets 4 stars from the critics, and high scores from the legions of fanboys.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review – Analysis
There are two ways of looking at this I suppose.
On the one hand, if you’ve never seen any of the MCU movies before, you’d end up feeling a little bit lost in terms of characterisation. In The Age of Ultron, the only characters to get even the slightest bit of development and are anything more than puddle deep are Ultron, Hawkeye and Black Widow. Beyond them there’s just this assumption that you know enough about the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, SHIELD and The Incredible Hulk to be able to fill in the blanks for how and why they act the way they do.
Also, you could watch it and think that there’s only enough plot to fill half of the 142 minute running time, with the other half devoted to the aforementioned Destruction Porn of seeing another couple of cities being destroyed during over-long fight scenes.
But I’m not daft. This is a sequel, so knowledge of the subject matter is presumed and therefore those complaints are invalidated to an extent.
Having seen all the movies leading up to this, I knew enough about the main players to have a proper handle on their characters, and similarly, I also knew what to expect in terms of the plot to action sequence ratio.
It is what it is, and knowing that, I was mainly pleased with how this movie turned out.
I liked the extra attention given to Hawkeye and Black Widow, and I thought Ultron – though not exactly unique – was an enjoyable enough villain.
It was also good that the plot wasn’t as predictable as you might expect, with one character’s heavily foreshadowed death turning out to be a red herring.
And what surprised me most was that it was well paced, with the action spread throughout rather than it just being all storyline in the first half and all action in the second. This meant that despite running for 142 minutes, it didn’t drag.
The only real criticism I would have is that a lot of the humour misfired. It just wasn’t as funny as the people who wrote it probably thought it was.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review – Final Thoughts
The Avengers: Age of Ultron delivers what it promises, and you can’t ask for much more than that.
Therefore, if you enjoy movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you’ll enjoy this and should give it a go.