- Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Director: Brandon Vietti
- Review: ★★★☆☆
Earth’s mightiest heroes have assembled once more. Avengers: Age of Ultron has taken its title from a miniseries released a couple of years before, but make no mistake they share little similarities, beyond the fact Ultron wrecking havoc on the Avengers. The first film was one of the best superhero films released. Does Age of Ultron top the original with more heroes and this new sinister villain?
If you’re caught up on all the additional Marvel film releases in the last couple years then you have some ideas as to what our heroes have been busy doing. Even the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us our first direction to why the Avengers are doing what they are doing when we jump into the action, even though all of that is unnecessary to enjoy the film. It’s a nice set up for the main plot and done very well by Whedon. The heroes have an item to acquire to save the day from Hydra. We also get our first glimpse of Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) and the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff).
In comes Tony Stark to save the day. What this means is that its way to get the Avengers killed in the process. Whedon does an excellent job of pushing Tony’s god complex and the ‘I’m always right’ ego. Men of peace doing their best job of destroying it.
Ultron’s creation comes about when Tony and Bruce think it’s great idea to create an A.I. life form using an all-powerful alien object to power it. Of course this isn’t a good idea, but the two can’t see past their own brilliance.
Ultron cuts his own chains and is on the loose creating havoc for the Avengers. Ultron even initially enlists the aid of Pietro and Wanda. The twins are only there for some old fashioned revenge upon Tony, of which the reasons become clear during the film. We see the Avengers go through some hard times battling the twins. The battle helps set up more issues with in the group’s own problems. It glimpses into their inner demons that either make them stronger or break them down. At first it’s somewhat confusing, but works itself out. We get some really cool cameos during the Avenger dream sequences as well.
Much like the original, the rest of the film is the team regrouping for the final fight. Along the way they come across another villain which should show up later at some point in the cinematic universe. They gain a new team member, which if you’ve seen everything on the internet you know who joins the fold.
The entire thing is fast paced and really thought out well by Whedon. Ultron is the villain in a sense, but not really the villain at the same time, which is where the lesson for our heroes comes to play.
Is it a better film than the first as we all knew it would be? No. I’m a huge Avenger’s fan and while I like the movie, it’s hard to relate to it as much as the first film. I still would like to see it again bdcause there are some many things happening during the action scenes, but it still had its own pitfalls to contend with. While it is an excellent film in its own right, it does prove more is not necessarily better.