Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go seriously wrong and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Review: Our heroes are back and at the start of the film things seem to be going really well insofar as the friction from the previous film between Iron Man and Captain America seems to have been put to bed. At least for the moment.
The film starts off with a fantastic action set piece, which sees the team tracking down a Hydra thug and trying to ascertain the nature of his science experiments and retrieve Loki’s staff.
This scene introduces us to Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver who both play an integral part in the movie and also have quite the character journey. The two are immediately likable regardless of them being the villains in the initial stages of the film.
The trouble and all the stuff with Ultron doesn’t really kick off until around about the 30 minute mark of the film – and it is all because of Tony Stark and his tinkering, which is all well and good, but when it comes to tinkering with the stone in the middle of Loki’s staff, which wields untold power. Well the results of that may not be so good.
Ultron, which is a form of artificial intelligence, created by Tony Stark’s supercomputer is hatched with the best of intentions from Stark, but in his haste he’s not really thought things through.
James Spader does an awesome job of voicing Ultron and he even gets off some of the movies funniest lines.
The action is breathtaking and between the action we have several really nice character moments. The avengers competing to see who can lift Thor’s hammer provides a fun moment, but among the films nicest moments is the relationship that has developed between Black Widow and The Hulk, which ultimately leads to us learning a bit more about Widow’s past and her training. I’d have liked to have seen a little bit more of Black Widow’s back-story, but what we seen was effective insofar as we learned a little more about her and so did the hulk aka Bruce Banner.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has much more to do in this film and has been given a lot more humor as well. I felt that his character was the least well serviced in the first film. But this time out it seems to have been Black Widow and Hawkeye that have had more development as characters.
From a plot and story point of view. This film seemed to make a bit more sense than the first. In the first film we never really learned to much about who the aliens were. All we knew was what their name was and that they had been working with Loki. Which is fine for comics fans who know the universe, but for the average Joe walking in off the street I feel this second movie was a lot stronger.
It was great to see Samuel L. Jackson back as Nick Fury and was also funny to see War Machine brought back into the films.
The final battle is unbelievable and I loved how The Vision was introduced and how his character seemed to bring the team back together when it was very much looking like Iron Man and Captain America were locking horns again.
What is also nice is the fact that we see a story of redemption built into such an intense action film.
To sum up. This is an immensely enjoyable film, which is well worth the price of admission. Joss Whedon and Marvel have hit another home run with this one as far as I’m concerned. I’m very tempted to double dip and go see it again next weekend.
You may see a second review of ‘Age Of Ultron’ at some point next weekend once Robin Brownfield has been able to see the film, which is why my own review has been relatively light on spoilers. That’s Robin’s job.
- Great Action & Character Development
- Would have liked to have seen a little more of Black Widow back story built into the film.
- Action And FX10