When the Avengers raid a clandestine superhuman testing facility, Tony Stark (Iron Man) is troubled by visions of a world where the Avengers fail to protect it against an alien invasion. To prevent such a disaster, he works with his fellow colleague Bruce Banner (who is a genius scientist when he is not the Hulk) to come up with a self-aware artificial intelligence called Ultron, designed to ‘bring peace to the world’. Unfortunately for our heroes, when Ultron gains awareness, he decides that the best way to bring peace to the world is to wipe mankind off its face. Naturally, the Avengers stand in his way.
Is the Hype Too Much?
When Avengers arrived in 2012, it created movie history, not only breaking box office records but also marking the first time several superheroes were all brought together in one film. Fast forward 3 years, and its sequel,Avengers: Age of Ultron, is the most anticipated movie of 2015. Does it live up to the hype?
The short answer: yes, but no also.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a good film by and large, but it falls short of being great. It was simply impossible for this sequel to recapture the feeling of absolute magic of seeing the Avengers assembled for the first time, and that’s okay, really.
It’s not the taut, well-directed and technically sound thriller that Captain America: Winter Soldier was, either, but then again, it’s simply a superhero summer popcorn blockbuster, and it does a pretty good job at what it supposed to do in that regards.
Solid Entertainment, Best Enjoyed on the Big Screen
Those looking to have a good time at the theatre will find plenty to enjoy with the action-packed sequel. Indeed, some of the action scenes are grander in scale than ever before. One particular standout fight between Iron-man and Hulk in the middle of a city is a perfect example of just how crazy this movie can get with its fights. The final drawn-out battle sequence is visually mesmerizing, though at times confusing in regards to plot.
What really stands out throughout the movie is just how well-oiled the Avengers have become as a team. Together they execute some creative fighting maneuvers, many of which are firsts on the big screen. They also do a lot more actual superhero work, which is working to save people from harm, than usually seen in movies.
Things That Didn’t Work
The film is far from perfect in regards to elements other than action. The character work doesn’t feel as organic as before, and sometimes the generally humorous dialogue, which is usually on point, doesn’t quite hit its mark. As much as there is to admire about this movie’s strengths, at times it feels like the movie is simply going through a blockbuster checklist of things to do rather than putting its heart into executing them well.
The franchise regulars return in their roles, in addition to a couple of new faces who spice up the cast. Chief among these are the Eastern European super-powered twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson respectively) who have a particular grudge against Tony Stark for his weapons-dealing past. Ultron himself (played by James Spader) makes a good impression on the audience: ever menacing, his personality is a bizarre reflection of Tony Stark’s sarcastic personality.
Later in the movie, there is also an intriguing new entry in the form of the synthetic being Vision (played by Paul Bettany) who has a unique sense of morality. He generates a very strong presence even in the little screen time he gets, and certainly he will be one of the characters to look out for in future Marvel movies.
Currently Showing at Theaters Near You!
Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently showing in Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City and Blockbuster Cinemas at Jamuna Future Park. If you are an avid movie lover, or even a casual fan, this film will be a good bet for 2 hours’ worth of popcorn entertainment. Check out the movie schedule for this week:
Samsung and Grameenphone are also giving away promotional offers at their Facebook pages that can win you free tickets to the movie. If you are planning on seeing this movie, don’t miss on trying those out!
- This is the 10th movie in the Marvel movie franchise, with the first being Iron Man (2008).
- The first trailer was viewed 34 million times on YouTube in the first 24 hours after it was released, breaking the previous record set by Iron Man 3 (2013).
- Before Avengers: Age of Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen also co-starred as husband and wife in Godzilla (2014).
- Although the theatrical cut of the film stands at 2 hours and 21 minutes, the original cut of the movie was reportedly over 3 and a half hours.