I’d like to start this review off with a confession that may affect the reliability of my opinions; I had quite a few beers before, during, and after my viewing of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. I’m not sure if the intoxication caused me to over or underrate the movie but it doesn’t really matter because you’ll be going to see it anyway. Read on for the views of a drunkard.
Firstly let’s have a look at the basic plot. The Avengers are still kicking ass together as we see in the excellent opening battle. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is still a smart-ass, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is still the ladies favourite, and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is still smashing. All is well until Stark’s new AI system, Ultron, goes haywire and assembles a robot army to cause havoc across the world. The Avengers set out to stop it.
That’s as complex as the story gets which means there’s a lot more action than plot development. Writer/director Joss Whedon attempts to give all of the characters something to do but as there’s so many some of the heroes are shortchanged in the story department. This time Iron Man takes a backseat to the likes of Hawkeye (who’s story is eerily reminiscent of the middle of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie), and new arrivals Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his twin sister Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
However, with so many good guys getting a chance in the spotlight, big baddie Ultron is pushed to the side. Which is a shame as he’s perfectly played by James Spader who steals every scene he’s in even though his character is a big metal CGI robot. Every one of his lines is delivered perfectly and his presence makes all his appearances memorable. Sadly, for someone who’s name is in the title, Ultron isn’t in the movie enough. Personally I’d rather watch this supervillain than shitty Falcon.
All of this isn’t to say the film is bad. On the contrary it’s a huge sugar rush of a flick as Marvel’s most colourful and diverse team lay the smackdown on hundreds of evil robots. If heart-pounding action is what you want from Age Of Ultron you will not be disappointed. These scenes showcase Whedon’s skill at writing very funny banter and the great addition of the Maximoff twins. There’s also Elizabeth Olsen with a Russian accent which immediately made me suspect Joss Whedon has been reading my erotic fiction. My lawyers will be in touch Whedon.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron is a solid sequel that doesn’t throw up any big surprises. Its full of funny lines, big action set pieces, and colourful new characters. Too many characters and a confused plot resolution stop it from being a classic but while it lasts Age Of Ultron is great fun and a fine way to spend two hours. I’ll check back here after I watch it sober and let you know what its like without the beer goggles. Now excuse me while I nurse this hangover.
Have you seen Age Of Ultron? Got a favourite scene or line? Were you hammered while watching it? Let me know in the comments below.
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