Avengers: Age of Ultron is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner. The film is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, and is about Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) attempting to create artificial intelligence for the good of society, but instead creates an evil A.I. in Ultron, voiced by James Spader, who has plans on taking over the world.
This was my most anticipated film of 2015, so the expectations were through the roof going into this movie. The good thing is that Avengers: Age of Ultron met those expectations: most of them, at least. To start off, the movie is as entertaining and action-packed as I wanted. Nearly the entire 141-minute runtime feels filled with action scene after action scene, and the fast pace is incredibly entertaining.
The cast all does a terrific job and the humor and chemistry are fully there. The Avengers look like a team of professionals at this point, and it was really fun to see them all work together so well. Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye really stood out from the bunch, as significant improvements were made to add heart and build his character.
The best part of the movie is its villain because Ultron is just plainly awesome. The voice performance by James Spader is witty, sarcastic, comical, but all in the same truly evil, and the movie gives an excellent representation of how powerful artificial intelligence can be.
Paul Bettany as Vision is an awesome character that was introduced that I will not go into, just in case there are people who know nothing about him.
The visual effects are seamless, the comedic moments land almost every time, and the hulk buster scene is better than I even hoped for, so why is it not a perfect movie? There is actually too much going on for the movie to keep contained. So many characters and backstories and action scenes are forced into this 141-minute movie that director Joss Whedon just couldn’t keep it all under control. It’s entertaining, sure, but it all feels a bit rushed and overstuffed, which caused me to forget some key details throughout the movie. Whedon’s original cut of this movie was over three hours long, and that sounds crazy, but three hours may have been exactly what this film needed. There is no real buildup to Ultron, it just kind of happens, and it feels like it was taken out due to time restraints. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are pretty
It’s entertaining, sure, but it all feels a bit rushed and overstuffed, which caused me to forget some key details throughout the movie. Whedon’s original cut of this movie was over three hours long, and that sounds crazy, but three hours may have been exactly what this film needed. There is no real buildup to Ultron, it just kind of happens, and it feels like it was taken out due to time restraints. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are pretty cool, but in a movie this crowded and stressed for time, they just feel in the way of the main cast.
One of the big things that the trailer showed was the conflict between the Avengers. It is there for a little bit, but only for a few moments with no real issues. There will be more to come with Infinity War on the horizon, but in this movie, the conflict is really not there.
Also, the love affair between Bruce Banner and Black Widow felt a bit forced and very unnecessary in a movie this stressed for time.
Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron was an incredibly fun, outstandingly entertaining movie with solid acting, an amazing villain, beautiful visuals and awesome action scenes. The movie feels short on time, has some unnecessary characters, a few scenes dragged out a bit long and there’s a forced relationship, but this is still a summer blockbuster that is an amazing time at the movies.