Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Back in 2012, Joss Whedon's The Avengers opened in theaters and the movie went on to earn more than a billion dollars. I -- as well as millions of other fans -- absolutely loved the movie. It was a great way to capitalize on four years of buildup and it dished out a ton of fan service. Now, Whedon has to capture that same kind of magic all over again. No big deal, right? WhileAvengers: Age of Ultron may not offer the same kind of sheer joy the first movie did, it does manage to offer more of exactly what you'd expect from it: a whole lot of fun.

One of my personal criticisms about The Avengers was the lack of Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye. He technically had a fair amount of screen time in that movie, but he didn't exactly have the best role around. Now, Clint has a standout part in the story. Without spoiling anything, I'll just say the whole "he's just a dude with a bow and arrow" joke is addressed and it's not only a way to land multiple laughs, but it also does a stellar job humanizing the archer. His personality gets a lot of love and yes, his abilities as a marksman and combatant also get a decent amount of respect. There's plenty of arrows going into robotic heads and what not, but I really appreciate how the focus on him felt more grounded and relatable. As his teammates are taking place in this surreal and explosive fight, things get a little more quiet, focused, and intense when the spotlight turns to him. He's not someone flying around or blasting apart his enemies with ease. He's not flipping around and right in the middle of the madness (most of the time). He needs to stay alert and make sure he doesn't get hit. It may not be a long sequence, but the brief change in tone is noticed and most definitely appreciated.

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Remember that awesome extended shot in The Avengers -- the one that moved from hero to hero during the Battle of New York? Of course you do. For many of us, that was such a jaw-dropper and seeing it unfold on the big screen was astonishing. Well, Whedon gives us a nice dose of nostalgia right in the opening. It's a fun action sequence that gives each character some credit, but it's also a great way to remind us why this movie is something special. Several years ago, we witnessed the *ahem* assembling of some of Marvel's biggest heroes. Now, we get the opportunity to see them in action yet again. Some may think it's an unoriginal move to use such a similar shot once more, but I think it's a very exciting and fun way to bring us back into this world while also reminding us why we love it oh-so-much. Besides, it's not like there's a lack of good shots when it comes to the action sequences. There's more than a few with Captain America and you can't help but love the teamwork that's going on. Even if you've watched clips of Hulkbuster vs. Hulk, odds are you're still going to have a blast with it. As for the big conflict in the end, there's one slow motion bit that gave me goose bumps. There's just something so terrific about seeing the entire team doing what they do best.

It should come as no surprise whatsoever that Avengers: Age of Ultron has plenty of lighthearted banter. There's about a gazillion one-liners (that's a rough estimate) that feel appropriate for the characters and I was constantly laughing or at least smiling. Sure, things get a little more serious from time to time and the movie does quickly dig deep into each of these characters, but a huge focus is placed on making sure we're having fun and I most certainly did. Honestly, who didn't think this one would be full of quips?

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Back when it was announced Chris Evans would become Captain America, part of the internet exploded. Since then, Evans has done a fine job as the super-soldier and he's easily one of the best parts of this movie. First and foremost, Cap's a beast. The feats he pulls off in this movie are pretty staggering and it reminds you he's not just a "normal" human. Secondly -- and every bit as important as the first part -- Evans' performance has a mix of confidence and compassion that makes him simply feel like Captain America. This is yet another movie that makes it crystal clear why Marvel Studios gave him the role.

Being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes as a bit of a double-edged sword for Age of Ultron. On the positive side, there's a lot of fan service and blatant teasers for what's to come. I don't want to risk spoiling any of them, so I'll just say there's a lot to love for fans of Marvel Studios and there's a fair amount of buildup, especially as the credits get closer and closer. On the bad side, I can't help but feel like this took away from the importance of Ultron's presence. Instead of feeling like the robot is this menacing and memorable foe, it seems like the fiend is there to enhance our understanding of Tony Stark (he's basically a dark reflection of Stark) and you can tell the decisions and developments made in this movie will more than likely play an important role in the MCU's future. The film spends a moderate amount of time clearly focusing on looking ahead, so when I walked out of the theater, I found myself also thinking about what's to come instead of reflecting on the scenes I just witnessed. Focusing on world building to some degree certainly isn't a bad thing, but when all is said and done, it made Ultron seem less important.

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I don't mind Ultron being more humorous as times -- James Spader sure can make me laugh -- but the villain's story takes quite a few familiar steps and unfortunately, he never felt as imposing or intimidating as he could have been. I get that's part of the character's personality and he definitely was entertaining, but if you're bringing this iconic villain to the big screen, you can't help but expect something that'll occasionally strike fear into you -- a quality I know Spader is perfectly capable of handling. As for Vision, his introduction did feel a little awkward, but despite that, he becomes a standout addition to the cast.

There's quite a bit of destruction and you can tell Whedon took plenty of steps to make sure it isn't controversial. At some points, this is a fitting reminder of why these characters are called "heroes." No matter how impossible the odds may be and no matter how foolish the decision may seem, they'll do what they can to protect others. There's a few times this is handled well and it's a little inspiring. For someone like Captain America, it just feels right. For someone like Hawkeye, you can't help but root for him as he goes against the odds. However, I was sometimes left feeling like the approach was a little too heavy-handed. It's a small criticism, but showing rather than telling would have helped the movie in a few cases.

There's a plentiful amount of amusing action, but some of it just didn't impress. Iron Man's first encounter with Ultron was full of hectic close-up shots and Thor's battle with the big bad was pretty disappointing. While close-ups of Hulk look great and Ultron usually looks solid, there were scattered bits of lackluster special effects. That's pretty surprising since this is such a huge blockbuster, but it's not that big of a deal.

I can understand how some may not be a fan of the Black Widow and Hulk relationship (it pretty much came out of nowhere), but I didn't mind it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier made Black Widow more interesting and it's great to see she continues to open up instead of always seeming somewhat distant and calculating. Besides, I think the reasoning behind their closer relationship is understandable enough. It may never have me emotionally invested, but it was an effective way to give us a better look at both characters. It enhances Banner's dilemma about being the Hulk while also giving us a better understanding of Black Widow's history and who she currently is. So, I'd say that's a win-win.

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As for the two new mutants enhanced characters, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, neither of them really stole the spotlight. Super speed is used entertainingly (although, it honestly never offers anything as cheerworthy as what Fox did with this character -- sorry, had to say it) and this feels like it's just the very beginning of Scarlet Witch's tale. The narrative tries to give you an emotional connection to the siblings, but with all of the craziness going on, it's tough to truly feel for them as they're part of a much, much bigger stage that keeps changing. Besides, it's not like any comic fan didn't know they'd eventually side with the Avengers, right? I mean, even the trailers give that away.

Yes, there is obviously a credits scene. We may know what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has in store for us, but that doesn't make the teaser any less exciting. There's been a lot of buildup, so seeing this arc take even just a small step forward made me a little giddy. And no, there sadly wasn't one at the end of credits.

Avengers: Age of Ultron may not deliver the same kind of awe you felt while watching the first one and it is a little disappointing that it feels so focused on building the future instead of creating a worthwhile villain, but overall, it really does bring the kind of popcorn entertainment you'd expect from it. There's plenty of quips that'll make you burst into laughter, more than enough spectacle for your eyes to enjoy, and it does a solid job fleshing out some of its heroes just a little more. Go in expecting to have a whole lot of fun and odds are you'll end up having a pretty good time with this one.

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#1 Posted by FearTheLiving (8837 posts) - - Show Bio

Greg's back?

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#2 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

I have read several user reviews on IMDB and most of them say Avengers: Age of Ultron was great, I am glad you liked it as well.

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#3 Posted by Transformers1024 (7600 posts) - - Show Bio

I think I'm more invested in finding out why Greg is back than reading the review at the moment.

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#4 Posted by darknightspideyfanboy (2623 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow seem everyone little disappointed about this film but all said you'll have a good time watching it

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#6 Edited by Transformers1024 (7600 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: Well someone's being a bit too demanding tonight. It seems a bit more than appropriate to discuss the author of this review and all.

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#7 Edited by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

Good review, I can understand some of your problems with the movie but they don´t take away its awesomeness.

I really don´t know what to expect from Ultron, there are many reviews saying that he was underused, others saying he was ok, and others saying he was amazing (one guy even called him the best villain after Darth Vader), I just want Ultron to feel menacing and make you wonder how are the heroes going to defeat him, after all, that´s what 616 Ultron makes me and a lot of people feel, he makes us wonder how are the heroes going to take down such a powerful foe.

I am going to watch Age of Ultron this Thursday, so I´ll probably come back to give my opinion on the movie.

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#8 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow seem everyone little disappointed about this film but all said you'll have a good time watching it

Only critics are dissapointed in this movie, regular moviegoers loved it.

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#9 Edited by AllStarSuperman (43136 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see Greg back. And just to be on topic..... I really hope this movie is good.

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#10 Edited by HumanRocket (11234 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice review as always!

Great seeing you back Gregg! Hope you're here to stay <3

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#11 Posted by WarDishy_ (1252 posts) - - Show Bio

The quips... Didn't really do it for me. They were practically never-ending and not all that funny. It was probably still a 4 for me, I guess. It was a good movie but despite the great action sequences I wasn't blown away by the villain or the plot.

I dunno, I feel like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Winter Soldier set the bar too high.

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#12 Posted by ShadowLife248 (180 posts) - - Show Bio

I "LOVE" how Joss Whedon handles how villians get defeated, just like the 1st Avengers film, make Hulk do something funny with them and *bam done with the big bad of the movie. Also in between action, sometimes his joke just take out me of the movie, particularly the Hulkbuster scene.

And yes as the review mentioned above, less shakey cam from the 1st movie (Thor vs Loki) certain battle scene in this movie has similar problem, couldn't really follow the action. Yup Thor vs Ultron shouldn't really call a battle..is more like some mom spanking a child.

Also Hulk's size isn't consistent where nearing the end he carry Black Widow, he looks "small". And 1st movie where Iron-Man's new armour doesn't really have any special feature or meaning behind it. It's just look nice. Ultron unfortunately has a good vibe to him but he isn't just as menacing as he could be. As the review also pointed out, Thanos presence undermines the movie big bad as this earth based rather than Galaxy based.

But look the ending tho, where they introduced new avengers with their new costume.Also thought Vision eye and voice too human :/

Many more problems but don't get me wrong, I love this movie just that issues about the movie has to be addressed. Yes the group shot of Avengers all fighting in slow mo just gives me the goosebump and scenes seem like taken out from the comic books.

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#14 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

@darknightspideyfanboy: Because I have read plenty of reviews made by regular moviegoers on IMDB, and most of them loved it.

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#16 Posted by jwalser3 (6127 posts) - - Show Bio

It was alright. Nothing to be blown away bye.

The most fun I had was spoiling the plot points to my friend.

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#17 Posted by JakeN7 (15180 posts) - - Show Bio

Excited to see it on Thursday!

F***ing foreigners gettin' to see it so early and flingin' spoilers around here like they ain't got a care in the world. Makes me sick. This is AMERICA! *spits chew*

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#19 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

@darknightspideyfanboy: IMDB is a website that gives info and ratings on movies based on people´s votes, you just need to type "Avengers: Age of Ultron IMDB" open the website and click on the option "See all user reviews" then suit yourself and read how awesome this movie is, people truly liked it, most of the reviews are positive.

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#20 Edited by Perfect 10 (1655 posts) - - Show Bio

I disagree. scarlet witch so stole the show. ultron was whack. and despite its problems (its not the first marvel film with them and definitely not the one with the most) it is by FAR better than the first avengers. waaaaay too much iron man but yea just had to ignore that dude. cant wait to see this all new all better avengers works in civil war. and super excited to see black panther next year

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#21 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6518 posts) - - Show Bio

@thor_parker82: User reviews from IMDB are usually always positive before release, but they take a bit of a dive after the general public sees it. Not saying that AoU isn't good, it probably is, but IMDB pre-release user reviews aren't usually the best source.

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#22 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio
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#23 Posted by darknightspideyfanboy (2623 posts) - - Show Bio

@thor_parker82: er the user reviews are all scattered a lot 1and 10 man

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#24 Posted by Perfect 10 (1655 posts) - - Show Bio

@wardishy: agree with guardians and winter soldier. as for the quips: that's joss. that's his writing style, that's why buffy is one of the greatest shows EVER. but I can see how its not everyone's style

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#25 Posted by Farkam (12025 posts) - - Show Bio

Yea, this didn't hold my interest like Winter Soldier did.

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#27 Posted by FearTheLiving (8837 posts) - - Show Bio

NEVER!

Oh okay... I really enjoyed the movie had some minor problems with it, but overall I really enjoyed it. Gonna see it again Saturday so I'll get a better idea on how I feel about it, but right now I think it did everything better than the first and the first is my favorite CB movie.

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#28 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

@thor_parker82: er the user reviews are all scattered a lot 1and 10 man

Most of the reviews are good, the movie has an overall rating of 8.3, that´s better than Avengers´s 8.2 and Winter Soldier´s 7.9

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#30 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6518 posts) - - Show Bio

@thor_parker82: 8/10 is the same as 4/5, which is exactly what this review gives it. So I'd say that this review is pretty accurate to the general consensus right now.

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#31 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

@feartheliving said:

Greg's back?

I think I'm more invested in finding out why Greg is back than reading the review at the moment.

That's what I wanna know

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#32 Posted by Straight-Fire (27268 posts) - - Show Bio

Someone's salty.

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#33 Edited by the_stegman (40187 posts) - - Show Bio

3.5 for me.

What I liked:

1. Hawkeye doing more

2. Vision

3. The end fight was neat, though, a bit too long.

4. The end credits

What I didn't like:

1. The Twins were useless

2. Ultron and his Stark personality.

3. The Jokes. Most of them fell flat

4. Thor's weird vision quest

Movie was good, not great, though I'm sure MCU fans will praise it to no end.

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#34 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
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#35 Posted by Jestersmiles (9826 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see Greg back. And just to be on topic..... I really hope this movie is good.

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#36 Edited by Transformers1024 (7600 posts) - - Show Bio

@captainmarvel4ever: Well G-Man PM'd me and inderectly confirmed that Greg is staff again. Lol.

Oh oh my god this movie is going to be so cool. Can't wait to see how James Spader portrays Ultron. Near perfect casting right there.

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@darling_luna said:

@jestersmiles: But it's Marvel so..good and them don't mix

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I am Dc fanboy, so take all the shots you like. :)

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#42 Posted by Farkam (12025 posts) - - Show Bio

3.5 for me.

What I liked:

1. Hawkeye doing more

2. Vision

3. The end fight was neat, though, a bit too long.

4. The end credits

What I didn't like:

1. The Twins were useless

2. Ultron and his Stark personality.

3. The Jokes. Most of them fell flat

4. Thor's weird vision quest

Movie was good, not great, though I'm sure MCU fans will praise it to no end.

I liked Quicksilver. Wanda sucked. Outside of her mind-controlling powers she was pretty tame, and seemed unfit of being an Avenger.

Ultron being another one of Marvel's comedy villains sucked. He also seemed really weak. He shouldn't have to even struggle with Cap a bit. He was scary in his portrayal at the start, how he lifeless stared at the Twins as they told their backstory and pretended to care. I dunno, I found that scene kind of spooky. However he quickly became another joke spurning light action Marvel villain. *sigh*

Yeah, none of them jokes where funny. I didn't laugh once.

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#43 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (16111 posts) - - Show Bio

@thor_parker82: isn't that the critic score?

Nope, it´s the critic and user score combined I believe.

@thor_parker82: 8/10 is the same as 4/5, which is exactly what this review gives it. So I'd say that this review is pretty accurate to the general consensus right now.

I never said this review wasn´t accurate. I am just saying that Age of Ultron has a higher rating than Avengers and Winter Soldier on IMDB.

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#47 Posted by the_stegman (40187 posts) - - Show Bio

@farkam said:
@the_stegman said:

3.5 for me.

What I liked:

1. Hawkeye doing more

2. Vision

3. The end fight was neat, though, a bit too long.

4. The end credits

What I didn't like:

1. The Twins were useless

2. Ultron and his Stark personality.

3. The Jokes. Most of them fell flat

4. Thor's weird vision quest

Movie was good, not great, though I'm sure MCU fans will praise it to no end.

I liked Quicksilver. Wanda sucked. Outside of her mind-controlling powers she was pretty tame, and seemed unfit of being an Avenger.

Ultron being another one of Marvel's comedy villains sucked. He also seemed really weak. He shouldn't have to even struggle with Cap a bit. He was scary in his portrayal at the start, how he lifeless stared at the Twins as they told their backstory and pretended to care. I dunno, I found that scene kind of spooky. However he quickly became another joke spurning light action Marvel villain. *sigh*

Yeah, none of them jokes where funny. I didn't laugh once.

I didn't like Quicksilver either. It felt like he was way underpowered (but not overpowered like DOFP was) him getting tired so easy was getting annoying. Plus, I couldn't take his accent seriously. I just didn't like how either of the Twins were handled, it felt like they were there just because Joss wanted them to be. The movie could have continued without them.

I LOVED Ultron's first appearance, he was scary, had a purpose and wanted to follow through with it. But as time went on, he became more and more of a joke, laughing and forgetting what "children" are, singing to himself in that jet, making one liners. Give me a break.

I seriously did not laugh at one joke the entire movie. Not...one....joke. It was a shame.

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#48 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

GREGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALso can't wait to see the movie but the movie hasn't gotten really good reviews that I was hoping for

~MiB

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#49 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

@darknightspideyfanboy said:

@thor_parker82: er the user reviews are all scattered a lot 1and 10 man

Most of the reviews are good, the movie has an overall rating of 8.3, that´s better than Avengers´s 8.2 and Winter Soldier´s 7.9

nah dude. It's not that great that Avengers already has 8.3 before it even has released. It has been years since Avengers release and a year for Winter Solider release. THose movies had over 9/10 before they were release.

the 8.3/10 that Avengers has now will only go down.

It's always better to take in both Critics and general audience reviews.

~MiB

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#50 Posted by westy206 (1073 posts) - - Show Bio

I watched a week ago and ive had a lot of time to think about the film and my interpretation of it.

Ultron was a poor villain in the end just wasn'tmenacing however Hawkeye had a better a role and in my opinion Thor was more likeable.

Story was ok, nothing special. First few times you see Scarlet Witch you think she's gonna be creepy but nope she becomes a one trick pony.

4/5 for me.

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