Movie411: Avengers, Age of Ultron

Directed by: Joss Whedon
Screenplay by: Joss Whedon
Rated: PG-13
Released: May 1st, 2015
The Hook: Aside from the fact that I’ve watched pretty much every movie made by this franchise and the fact that, you know, it’s Joss Whedon, it’s the Avengers. And Marvel. Tell those buzz words didn’t already hook you … unless of course super hero movies aren’t your thing. Or you’re a hardcore DC fan. Or … well, you get the idea.

For those who don’t know me, I’m not a particularly a comic book fan, but the X-Men cartoons of the 90s hooked me into this world and I haven’t been disappointed by the depth these storylines can bring. And I wasn’t kidding that I pretty much watched every movie from this franchise and will probably watch everything else this franchise decides to produce.

#SpolierAlert – proceed at your own risk

Age of Ultron did not disappoint. I can’t measure the storyline based against the comic, but I do know that I enjoy watching the overall story arch evolve. We pretty much know it’s building up to the Infinity Gauntlet, but to see it unfold … I really like seeing that throughout all the movies of this franchise. It works. It’s pretty much the same reason I love reading through book series. It’s like you’re on a treasure hunt finding all the hidden tidbits buried in the storyline. In this one we meet, or re-meet, or see a different version of Quicksilver and we see Scarlet Witch. I like that they prey on Tony Stark’s fear of alien invasion. I like seeing that side of Hawkeye and I know it may seem a bit heartless, but I like seeing the Avengers defeated. It makes them more … human like, because isn’t that what appeals to us? That underneath all their extraordinary powers and abilities, there’s a smidgen of humanity. Not to mention, it gives a huge rally-back  opportunity.

It will be a sad day when this story arch reaches its peak, but I can’t wait see it all unfold.

So, kudos for plot.

Camera angles and cinematography were awesome! My favorite scene is the one where they’re all at ground zero, guarding that device from Ultron and they engage in battle. That whole scene I could watch in slow motion and in normal speed because it’s put together so well. I love that type of filming, where they slow down the action almost to a pause in between real time filming. When done right it enhances the tensions within the scene and of course Whedon and his team does that flawlessly. They will never cease to amaze me.

And what’s left to say about this amazing cast? I mean, they’ve been with us through a few movies now and I think I’ve said about all I can about them. They work well together. Very well. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johson did a good job as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I really hope this isn’t the end of Quicksilver, both as a character and as an actor, but that is to be seen.

Epic movie. Recommended for all action movie lovers and comic book lovers (unless it’s too full of inaccuracies that you just can’t–I completely understand). It’s definitely going into the collection when it comes out on Blu-Ray. Not even a question.


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