Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron
directed by: Joss Whedon
starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, and more

It’s taken me a while to get to writing this review for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The reason being that I wasn’t particularly impressed with the movie. Sure, there was plenty of interesting character development and new characters to explore, but I was underwhelmed with the plot as a whole. It felt like the movie was missing a climax and it was written to be a lead in to a sequel than being able to stand on it’s own. 

The movie starts off to a quick pace, where we see the Avengers working together as a continuation from the the first film. They need to capture this scepter from Hydra, and in the process discover what plans they’ve been up to. As they fight, they also come across the twins, Scarlet Witch and Quick Silver, who are working with Hydra. The Avengers get their hands on the scepter and destroy/kill most of the Hydra forces, then head back to their own base of operations for a little celebration.

One of the main plot points is that the Hulk and, especially, Tony Stark discover that the power of the scepter comes from the gem it holds. It’s more like a computer than a rare stone. Tony Stark wants to use the power of the gem to create the perfect AI system to protect the Earth from other worlds. His greatest fear (which is brought to his mind by the help of the Scarlet Witch’s powers) is that he’d be the only one to survive out of all his comrades from an enormous alien attack. He has good intentions to want to protect his friends and all of the people of Earth, but his own fears and paranoia affect the creation of this perfect AI and what it becomes is Ultron, a superior AI that wants to destroy all of humanity in order to help it evolve. 

The main battle happens in the country where the twins are from. Ultron gets his hands on the scepter after the Avengers went through all that trouble of trying to recover it. He pays a visit to South Korea in order to meet the scientist who could give his body an upgrade with the use of the scepter’s gem, but the Avengers intercept the body that Ultron is trying to download his conscience into.

Tony Stark is once again the naughty little boy who can’t stop himself from stirring things up because he decides to try to create his perfect AI once again. It’s deja vu. Luckily he doesn’t create a second Ultron. What is created instead is the Vision. He will be the nail in the coffin for Ultron, along with the rest of the Avengers once they stop fighting amongst themselves. 

So as you can see the plot is a little repetitive with the back and forth stealing and one upping. The best moments in the film for me included when the Avengers were fighting each other. It makes sense for a team to butt heads with so many opinions amongst them. I liked the idea of a romance between Hulk and Black Widow and the way their characters emotionally connected but felt like any real development between them was rushed in order to keep up with the pace of the rest of the film. I didn’t care for Banner falling onto Natasha’s cleavage, either, which was like a cheap fan service. I liked the portrayal of the Vision, his convictions, and interactions with Ultron. I couldn’t stand Ultron’s voice, though, and wish they had gone with a less recognizable actor. I just kept picturing Reddington from NBC’s The Black List while he was talking which was so distracting.

All in all, I’d give this film 3 out of 5 stars. The movie had too much going on and didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I didn’t even cover everything that happened in the movie because there was just so much that added up to so little entertainment. I’m not even looking forward to any more sequels.

-O. Pelaez 

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