The much-anticipated ‘Avengers- Age of Ultron’ is finally here, leaving kids screaming with joy, comic fans screaming with approval, and parents screaming like kids. That’s a lot of screaming… but then, there’s a lot going on in the movie.
Director Joss Whedon, who sent the Marvel fan base rocketing with the previous Avengers movie, attempts to, and succeeds to do it again. The movie reunites the previous cast of Robert Downey Jr. as the beloved, classy Iron Man, Chris Evans as good Ol’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor –the god of lightning and old English, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow- the spy who fights aliens alongside gods (did she sign up for that?), Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who shoots arrows and does practically nothing else, and Mark Ruffalo- who, when ‘goes green’, doesn’t attempt to save the environment but instead destroys it.
This movie smashes the characters we love, headlong into another set of characters, whom we grow to love; namely Quick Silver, the Scarlet Witch, and the Vision, each displaying greater powers than the other. And then, as the title conveniently conveys, there is Ultron himself. Created to be an artificially intelligent program by Tony Stark in order to ensure world peace, the outcome is inevitably obvious. Ultron has his own version of peace in which the human race is forced to evolve or be sent into extinction, and in which a new race of robots take over the world. He can’t tell the difference between saving the world and destroying it, and it is up to the Avengers to stop him from doing so.
Ultron is a formidable foe. He is a program, so he can access every nook and cranny of the Internet, as well as send his essence into other robots. He binds his robot body with vibranium- in comic lore, the strongest metal in the world. But, when brought to life by the voice of James Spader… ooh, he just becomes downright sinister.
That dialogue will give me the creeps for all eternity…
Avengers 2 also possess some pretty intense action sequences, with stunning CGI and super slow motion too. The great thing about this is that all the characters have a slice of time to shine (by bashing the bad guys), even heroes such as Hawkeye who didn’t get much attention in the earlier film. The bad thing about this is that it leaves the audience so enthralled and thrilled that their hoots of glee continue even after the scene is over. Along with the usual snide remarks and the rib-tickling banter between characters, typical of what we’ve seen so far of Joss Whedon, it establishes itself as good entertainment.
But, is it a good movie?
Well, in my opinion, as a standalone film, its not that great. It merely serves as a build up towards the forthcoming movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and serves as connection points to what will happen then. With too many references to the future, for example, we already know that in this movie the characters will emerge virtually unscathed (all of them…?), and this ultimately decreases Ultron’s potential as a villain. We also end up dreaming about what is yet to come, rather then seeing what is happening right in front of us. Kind of like how I dream about the end of chemistry during chemistry class.
Furthermore, it serves more as a comic book movie than a superhero action blockbuster, which is great for fans (myself included) that notice the Easter eggs littered around. However, what about the casual moviegoers just looking for a piece of good action and humor? They’ll get their fair bit of enjoyment I’m sure, but when they go home, if the only thing they remember is the Hulk smashing Iron Man, we may well wonder what the hype was all about.
You should notice that I said ‘may’. That’s because I hope that not all the people who go to the cinemas are ignorant about the true meaning of AWESOME!!!!
All said and done, it’s an Avengers movie, people. It may not have been as globally endearing as the previous one, but it’ll scoop up buckets of fans (not to mention cash) for its epic action, punch lines, and Ultron himself.
You have to like an Avengers movie. I know I did. After all, they are the Earth’s mightiest Heroes.