Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: Avengers: Age of Ultron: An IMAX 3D Experience

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans
Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth


May 1, 2015

Joss Whedon

Marvel (Disney)

2 hours 21 minutes



Joss Whedon and Marvel surprised audiences around the entire world when "Marvel's The Avengers" made its debut on the big screen back in 2012.  People were merely hoping that it would at least not be the colossal disaster it had the potential of being.  What they got was a witty, fun, and energetic superhero flick that gave all of their favorite heroes the proper amount of screen time and kept everyone engaged throughout its 2 and a half hour runtime.  Jump to present day, and the dynamic duo of Whedon and Marvel are back and ready to impress once again with "Avengers: Age of Ultron."  Along with the returning cast from the first film, including Robert Downey. Jr, Chris Evans, and Samuel L. Jackson, we also have new entires such as Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen playing a set of twins with genetically altered powers, as well as James Spader as the titular villain Ultron.  Ultron is an artificially intelligent robot created accidentally by Tony Stark with the motive of wanting "peace" on Earth.  Unfortunately that peace involves the extinction of The Avengers and the rest of the humans on the planet, so it's up to our favorite heroes to stop him before time runs out.

People going to these movies are probably expecting more crazy action and humor from their favorite characters, and for the most part they get it.  Everyone delivers on the action and the comedy, with some jokes being funnier than others.  However, what makes this film stand out from its predecessor is the amped up dark-tone and drama presented.  There are some really well executed moments of character development and drama that really capture emotions well and help us as an audience to humanize and empathize with these larger than life individuals.  The visuals are also spectacular, particularly with the designs of James Spader's Ultron and Paul Bettany's Vision.  Both of these guys, along with Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, steal the show from everyone else thanks to their delivery, charisma, and general awesomeness that oozes off of them in every scene.

Joss Whedon's writing and direction go hand in hand with one another to make a fast-paced, gripping, and fun summer blockbuster film that, honestly, is just as good as its 2012 predecessor.  It's a shame that Whedon and Marvel won't be doing any more projects together, but that may be for the best considering they don't exactly see eye to eye on things.  Unfortunately Marvel wants this specific formula to happen that they've been doing with nearly all of their films, and that, to me, is what detracts from films like "Guardians of the Galaxy."  Whedon at least put his own flavor into what he was doing and managed to tell a cohesive story while also having strong character development and witty humor to compliment everything else.  Overall, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a whole lot of fun to see, and it's definitely one of the best movies of the summer thus far.  Not really worth paying to see in 3D, but if you can see it on the biggest screen possible, the experience will be a whole lot better.  This movie deserves to be seen on the big screen.

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