Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel is a money making machine these days, churning out films and television like there’s no end in sight and extremely successfully, even when they’re not that great they still keep coming. With Avengers hitting it big in 2012 and half of the team getting seconds and thirds for their solo installments, it was finally time to reunite them all in one gigantic film. Teaming up against Ultron, a peacekeeping program gone awry, our heroes must stop him from carrying out his plans and improving our world by rather deadly means. Not only that but the Avengers must deal with some new enhanced foes, Pietro (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) Maximoff, or as they may be better known Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch; they’re certainly in for a test of their skills.

It’s hard to complain about any of the Avengers actors individually as it is undeniable that they have established themselves as the ultimate versions of their characters around the world, with very little struggle and maximum acceptance. They all obviously work well together, giving the team dynamic a more genuine presence and giving the audience plenty of friendly banter and humour which is a huge bonus to the film. So accepting that, the real question is how do the new elements fit into the equation? Starting with villain of the moment, Ultron voiced by James Spader and embodied by one, or any rather large robot to put it simply; Spader’s voice work is excellent and as a villain presents an actual threat to the Avengers which is completely necessary for a convincing and entertaining film. Secondly, the twins provide another angle to the abilities of our heroes, now having humans with special talents rather than aliens; they fit fairly perfectly into the film although I can’t say with absolute belief that the quality of their acting is perfect. Nevertheless I can’t say that they disappoint, and Scarlet Witch’s abilities add interesting aspects to the story.

As for the plot itself as I’ve said Ultron poses enough of a threat to create a genuine need for the Avengers to work harder than ever, which helps to keep interest peaked and the pace going swiftly. Another bonus is still being able to have the element of surprise, so long as you’ve managed a viewing with little spoilers (though it is very difficult these days), there’s some nice turns. The only problem is what seems like a need for each film to be bigger than the last, which though is not too much of a problem currently, they may eventually become simply ridiculous; the key is for them to become more innovative and clever which has relatively been accomplished in this film.

All in all there was a lot of pressure to follow up from the first Avengers outing, given that some of the solo films were less than spectacular, but they have succeeded and it is a satisfying sequel. Though the solo films strengthen the Avengers films, it is highly possible the two could stand on their own being of decent quality. It is a good film with genuine humour, plenty of action and a decent plot.

Verdict: 7.5/10

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