AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON:
EXPLOSION FEST, HULK SMASHING, MALEGASM GALORE, AND A SEQUEL THAT MANAGES TO BE JUST AS ENTERTAINING AS ITS PREDECESSOR!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A+ (4 stars)
(From left to right) The Hulk, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Iron Man, Quicksilver, Thor, Nick Fury, and Captain America Assembling once more to defeat the evil Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Director Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity) and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are back in the highly anticipated sequel to the most successful comic book movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. The first film is undeniably a blast from start to finish and it was amazing seeing everyone’s favorite Marvel heroes together on the big screen for the first time, plus it was pretty much the movie that defined 2012, sure The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man made money that year, but come on, The Avengers was the
highpoint of that year, even months after it
came out I was talking constantly about it.
course due to The
Avengers’ success, we finally have the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron which offers just as much rock ‘em, sock
‘e m, Hulk Smashing, thunder clashing excitement as its predecessor. Just add in
new cha racters, more supporting Avengers, an intimidating and funny villain,
and more Hulk screen time. Everyone’s favorite characters are back, weapons
developer, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder, Sherlock
Holmes, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang),
Mighty God of Thunder from Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth-Star Trek, The Cabin in the
Woods, Rush), Super Soldier,
Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans-Fantastic
4, Scott Pilgrim VS The World),
scientist exposed to Gamma radiation, Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo-The Kids Are All Right, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind),
and master assassins Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner-The Bourne Legacy, The Hurt
Locker, American Hustle) and
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson-Lost in Translation, The
SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, Lucy)
assemble once more to defeat a new villain in town.
Some time after the events of all the Marvel movies after The Avengers, we find the Avengers breaking into a top secret Hydra base led by Baron Wolfgang von
Strucker who has been experimenting on humans
usin g Loki’s scepter. During their heist the Avengers encounter two of his
experiments, twins, Pietro/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson-Kick-Ass, Nowhere Boy, Godzilla)
and Wanda/Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen-Martha
Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla)
Maximoff, who both possess extraordinary powers, Quicksilver is a super fast
speed demon who gives the Flash a run
for his money and Scarlet Witch who can harness witch magic such as hypnosis
and telekinesis, and were experimented on to destroy the Avengers.
After their Hydra heist, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner begin developing a peacekeeping program known as the Ultron Program, an artificial intelligence built to preserve the
world’s peace. Unfortunately when
they use the sce pter to activat e the Ultron Program, things go horribly wrong
as the villainous Ultron (James Spader-The
Office, Sex, Lies, and Videotape,
Lincoln) emerges and plots to destroy
humanity by creating an army of robots, but he says he stands for a good cause,
So Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, with the help of Col. James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle-Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Flight), Air Force Pararescueman, Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie-The Hurt Locker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders-Veritas: The Quest, How I Met Your Mother, The Lego Movie), and former director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson-Pulp Fiction, Shaft, Django Unchained) must re-assemble to put an end to Ultron’s A.I.
army and save the world once more in an explosion
with one-liners and nukes. fest
Age of Ultron is an equally entertaining sequel to an amazing movie. Although
the film does hit many “Been there, done that” moments from the first Avengers movie but unlike that film, Age of Ultron’s story is darker and a
bit heavier on character development, which I’m glad they did because I didn’t
want a shot by shot copy of the first Avengers,
what happened in the first Avengers?
The heroes meet each other, hate each other, learn to become a team, and blow
In this film, pretty much the entire middle act takes place
at a safe house where we learn more about Hawkeye and Black Widow, and
the character development is surprisingly decent for a movie that runs on goofy
one-liners and explosions. But don’t worry, it all comes full circle and leads
up to an exciting climax that strangely resembles the climax from the first
Avengers, just add in super speed, witchcraft, War Machine, a robot army, a
flying city, and lots of nukes and Smashes.
I enjoyed Avengers: Age of Ultron a
lot but I think I still prefer The Avengers just a little more, mainly because seeing all the
characters together for the first time was absolutely amazing and watching and
listening to them work off each other, this movie swam in a lot of familiar
waters but there’s enough new elements thrown in to make it float.
In my opinion, this is the must see movie of the year, if you’re a fan of the Marvel comics and movies o
r big budget su mmer blockbusters, then why are you still reading this
review? Just go see the movie and enjoy some action, trust me, I ’m not done
watching it yet.