Film: Avengers: Age of Ultron Review – fun but misguided
Joss Whedon returns to take Earth’s mightiest heroes down a darker, funnier but more jumbled path towards saving the world.
Age of Ultron improves significantly on aspects of the original but does seem like it tries to hard with its plot in some instances and loses track of the movie it wants to be.
On one hand it feels like Whedon wanted to tell a story of gods with human problems. The film is ripe with emotions, relationships and finding oneself but it loses that heft and weight with mistimed comedic moments and a jumbled location hopping storyline.
Downey Jr. is great as Tiny Stark, it is the role he is born to play but the stand out performances come from Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, who has more secrets than the best of them, and Mark Ruffalo’s tangible chemistry with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
The film excels when debating if these powered individuals can ever return to a quiet peaceful life or if they are monsters doomed to fighting the rest of their lives with no hope of tranquility.
It doesn’t excel when chopping these moments up with flying robots that use cars, characters that switch from good and evil extremely easily and a villain that never really finds himself.
Having said that the spectacle is certainly there. Everyone can admit that The Avengers, whilst also lacking in narrative, was choc full of nerdgasmic sequences of superhero action that left you yearning for more teamwork and Age of Ultron delivers on that tenfold.
There are some single shots that transport you into the body of a child and leave you giddy and happy with awe and excitement and that feeling pops up two or three times in the movie and you cant help but wait for the next one to arrive.
Avengers: Age of Ultron may seem like an anti-climatic end to Marvels second phase of movies but it does incorporate some of Marvel’s greatest ideas yet; taking these gods, these heroes, and bringing them down to a human level, so we, the audience, can see them for who they really are – reflections of us.
Score – C+