Avengers: Age of Ultron
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle
Review by Jordan – for Eddie’s Take click here
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a competently made and entertaining entry in the vast Marvel cannon, presenting well known and loved characters and surrounding them with a world on the brink of devastation caused by a dastardly villain who knows no compassion. It’s escapism, and as expected it’s shallow both thematically and in it’s narrative, despite it’s best intentions to fool the audience with some convoluted plot details and drawn-out needless scenes.
As entertaining as it may be however, in beginning and ending on a cliffhanger, footnotes which sandwich moments of suspense, action, romance and the token tragedy, what Joss Whedon and his technical team have arguably made is the most expensive episode of all time of a series that appears to have lost its purpose, and is instead clinging onto fan service and it’s many stars for resonance. I say episode because it certainly lacks the substantive feel of a fully formed feature. I watched and enjoyed the fist wave of Marvel titles, back when Tony Stark’s arrogance was fresh and Thor’s honor endearing, and I hoped that the first Avengers film would be the exciting, epic blockbuster that tied the package up in a satisfying manner, so its disappointing then that despite some charming dialogue and impressive special effects, as well as a much improved usage of Hawkeye, I’m still feeling unsatisfied.
I question why a pointless and predictable scene in which a beefed up Iron Man must subdue a mind-warped Hulk before he destroys an entire city seemingly goes for an eternity, or is even included at all, when later what is designed to be an extremely important character transformation takes place and is given hardly any devoted screen time at all. I think back in curiosity at why Black Widow was kidnapped by Ultron only to be saved with little fanfare shortly after, and above all else, I wonder what has become of Don Cheadle. An intended box office hit is always restricted to a defined running time, so it frustrates me when seconds and even minutes are wasted on uninteresting components, especially when that time could be better spent on Elizabeth Olson…
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be seen and enjoyed by many; it’s lighthearted and can encourage a smile or two, but if this series of superhero films fails to reach an indisputable pinnacle soon I fear that it will exist as only another issue of a comic that sits near the bottom of the pile.