This review is brought to you by a friend’s husband because I was unable to attend the press pre-screening event of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Below are his thoughts on the movie 🙂
I had the opportunity to see Avengers: Age of Ultron (I will do my best to stay spoiler free in the review but no promises). Let me just start by saying two things: first, it was awesome; second, I am a bit of a Marvel fanboy. One aspect of the movie that I particularly enjoyed was that it focused on characters that the MCU really hasn’t spent much time with previously; namely, Hawkeye and Bruce Banner. Prior to this movie I felt that Banner and Hawkeye were just secondary characters but I walked out of this movie with a deeper understanding of the characters and excited to see them again in upcoming movies. That being said, this movie is chalked full of characters from the MCU but it never felt too crowded. Although this movie was very busy, from both a plot and number of characters perspective, the humor kept the movie lite and helped if flow smoothly. But in the end there were three highlights in the movie that stand above all (I will be careful to not say too much):
- The Vision—man, they nailed it.
- The Hulk Buster Suit—I don’t know how it could have been any cooler.
- Ultron—James Spader perfectly keeps this robot funny and terrifying without being cheesy or over-the-top.
Finally, this movie has me excited for all of the Phase III marvel movies. There is definitely Easter eggs and segues for Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War. I even thought I caught a few subtle Agents of Shield Easter eggs.
All that being said, there is one minor criticism that I have of this movie. There is a romantic aspect of this movie (I won’t say between who) that is important to certain plot points and it just felt forced. There just didn’t seem to be any real chemistry and it seemed as if one of the characters was trying way too hard. Other than that, it was all good!!
In other words go see it!!
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Rating: PG-13 U.S.
Release date: May 1, 2015
Running Time: 141 min.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury Writer/Director: Joss Whedon Producer: Kevin Feige, p.g.a. Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.