by BIBI AJAYI
Marvel nerd or not, one can’t help but to appreciate the gloriousness that is Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. First off, I have to give props to the movie’s director, Joss Whedon, who also directed The Avengers. Due to the success of The Avengers in 2012, some viewers would be a bit hesitant about the quality of the sequel (let’s be real, sequels are never as good as the original), but Avengers: Age of Ultron is a whole different Marvel beast.
A few things about the film:
- If you liked the first Avengers movie then you’re bound to like Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film delivers hard hitting action-packed scenes whenever necessary. There is also a focus on characterization so that the audience, and those who haven’t seen other Marvel flicks, are well invested in the character’s journey. I will say that there are times where some characters break off into their own sub plots, which seems unnecessary and out of place if anything. Nevertheless, the main plot wasn’t overshadowed.
- Picture all the greatest superheroes jam-packed in one film! Well, you’re in luck because this film does just that. What’s refreshing is how Joss Whedon takes his time to highlight each character. Films like this have a tendency to only focus on a few characters while leaving the other characters in the wayside.
- As I mentioned, films of this caliber with so many heroes have a tendency to highlight some while forgetting the rest. However, the chemistry between the heroes makes for a tight team. We have Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Whedon manages to give each character just enough background so that we understand the interactions.
- If I were to rank the super villains in the Marvel films, Ultron would come last. Ultron (James Spader) wasn’t relentless, or scary even. I understand he wanted to destroy the world, but there wasn’t enough back-story to tell us why he had to complete his mission. He does have this odd God complex, which can be rather interesting, but I just couldn’t take him seriously. I wanted to find out what makes him tick and why he is doing everything in his power to get what he wants.
- The newbies! Man, oh, man are these two trouble. During the Avengers fight to defeat Ultron, they come across two twins Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who has lightening speed, and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who uses hypnosis and telekinesis to destroy her enemies. Wanda Maximoff stirs up a lot of trouble for the Avengers; she uses her powers to create subconscious nightmares in the heroes’ heads.
- The relationship between The Hulk and Black Widow is absolutely heart warming. Seeing two characters that constantly have on a hard exterior relish in the company of one another is great. They gravel in this space where two tortured souls find strength and purpose in each other. Whedon does this in a way that doesn’t take precedence over the central goal of the Avengers but also in a way that makes their relationship believable. It’s striking to watch their potential love blossom on the big screen.
I would say this film is a must see. It’s full of all the things we love from the previous Avengers movie and then some.
P.S. Stay about half way through the credits. You’ll thank me later!
Running Time: 2 hrs 22 min