Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally in theaters and the next step in Marvel Cinematic Universe is here. Fans have been waiting for this movie since the release of the original and it didn’t let down in my opinion. However, I still thought it had its drawbacks, but nothing big enough to keep me from advising fans to go see this movie now!

The plot revolves around Tony Stark and Bruce Banner trying to bring, Ultron, an artificial intelligence, to life. However, when they do, it backfires and causes friction between all of the Avengers. But in order to stop Ultron and save humanity, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and the others must put their differences aside and work together. And with this mission seemingly impossible, they are joined by other heroes to get the job done.

If you were a fan of the first film, or any other MCU film, then you will enjoy Avengers: Age of Ultron. It is packed with action, stories, and some great comedic moments. The returning cast of Downey Jr., Evans, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Renner, Johansson, and Jackson is perfect and haven’t missed a step in their roles. Renner’s Hawkeye even gets a little more time on screen and more backstory which I appreciated a lot.

Joining the cast was Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as the Maximoff twins, better known to fans as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Both did a great job and they characters were great fits in the movie. I much preferred this version of Quicksilver to the one in the X-Men universe. James Spader also joined the cast as the voice of Ultron and lent so much character to it.

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The only complaints I had were the length and  the opening sequence. The opening sequence contains some CGI shots that looked really bad and were obviously fake. I know that some of the shots have to be computer-generated, but if it looked that bad, then just take it out. It wouldn’t have hurt to leave out 2 or 3 minutes of the fighting.

Then there is the time of the film. Avengers: Age of Ultron clocks in at 2 hours and 20 minutes. I don’t know if I am alone in this thinking, but it seems like movies are just getting longer and longer. And in a world where there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do everything, I don’t like spending that much time in a theater. Also, I don’t think there is any reason why these movies should go over 2 hours. The stories can be told in that time. I might sound picky, but I’m a working father with plenty of things to do. And never enough time to get things done.

Besides that, the movie was great. It is what you expect from the MCU films and fans will enjoy seeing this next story unfold. But now that Avengers: Age of Ultron is over, the waiting game begins for Captain America: Civil War, due next year, and then Thor: Ragnarok in 2017.

Oh yeah, and of course the next Avengers film in 2018. Wow, it’s gonna be a long wait!

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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