Movie Review “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” by Blade Brown
Plot: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Making a follow up to the most successful superhero movie of all time was no small feat. “The Avengers” was a perfect film that was the culmination of the first five films(Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor & Captain America: The First Avenger) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon(TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer) who is known for bringing together ensemble casts, wrote and directed this instant classic about the newly formed group of heroes who unite to take down Thor’s brother Loki, who has plans on enslaving humanity. This time the group has to deal with Ultron. An artificial intelligence designed as a peace keeping program that develops a god complex and sets out to eradicate humanity.
Age of Ultron hits the ground running. The movie opens with the group infiltrating the lab of Baron Strucker. A HYDRA scientist who’s experiments have given the Maximoff twins, Pietro and Wanda(aka Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch) superhuman abilities. The team is in search of Loki’s scepter, which ultimately holds the key to the creation of Ultron. The fact that Ultron is a product of Tony Stark’s creation, causes friction between the group members. Specifically Iron Man and Captain America. Who’s beliefs will eventually put them at odds in next years Captain America: Civil War.
The cast embodies their characters perfectly. While Iron Man is as usual the star of the show, Hawkeye has a much larger role in this sequel. While he spent the majority of the first film under Loki’s mind control, he gets a good chunk of screen-time in this movie and we get to know more about Clint Barton. Also, we get a lot more Hulk in this movie. While seemingly having a lid on his ability to change, only doing so when the group calls for a “Code Green”, Bruce Banner still has trouble dealing with the destruction that the Hulk leaves. Bruce also has a special relationship with Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff. A relationship that he’s afraid to explore due to obvious reasons. Since he’s presumably spent a lot more time on earth since the events of “The Dark World”, Thor has become a lot more down to earth although he still embraces his Asgard royalty. He’s also very funny in the film.
While the heroes are the headliners, the movie’s villain is one of the best things going for it. James Spader is excellent as the voice of Ultron. Who is a formidable antagonist as he is essentially Tony Stark’s opposite. In the film, a character says “Ultron can’t see the difference between saving the world and destroying it. Where do you think he gets it from?”. He’s constantly evolving throughout the film, upgrading his body several times. He believes human beings are the cause of their own downfall, so he wants to recreate the world in his image. A plan that leads to another vital character’s creation.
Joss Whedon has done a terrific job with this sequel. While there is a lot going on, the film never feels overstuffed or convoluted. In fact, by the time the film ends, I still felt like something was missing. Like he had more to say, but fell victim of the editing room. But he’s planted a lot of seeds in this movie. Moving forward, I’m certain the MCU is only going to get better.
While is doesn’t have the same “Wow” factor as the original, there’s no denying that this movie is entertaining. With a ending that leaves you eager to see the team’s next adventure, and a mid-credit scene that promises more danger to come, Age of Ultron delivers the goods. Box office records will be broken upon its release.
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