Avengers: Age of Ultron
NZ Release Date: 23 April 2015
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron (James Spader), a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
After much anticipation from someone who would describe herself as a rather big Marvel fan, we attended the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
After the previous Avengers movie, I have to admit that I had rather high hopes for the continuing story of some of our favourite heroes and for the most, this did deliver. What I did love was that you got to spend more time with the characters and managed to get behind the ‘hero’ for what they are famous.
Being that Hawkeye is one of my favourite characters, it was kind of nice to see him have a more substantial roll in the movie, as in the previous movie, although he featured, you didn’t really get to see the Hawkeye character come to the forefront.
The movie itself is filled with the action and visual effects that we have come to love and expect from the Marvel movies, although I have to admit that there were moments in the middle that it almost seemed to get a little lost in the story, which is unusal for me to experience with Marvel, but it still didn’t deter me from enjoying the movie.
The humour……oh yes, the humour. It’s those lines that are delivered with such a blatant second meaning, but done with such a straight face that once you finish laughing, you have to wonder how many takes it took to get that particular line out. The general wisecracks that go between the characters is another ‘marvel’ addition that we know and love, and with so many big characters that have saved the world many times, I guess there would be almost like a sibling type rivalry there that the Marvel writers can play on.
There are also some important moments that the audience all know are pivital events, even though though the words aren’t spoken, all who know the story, know the importance of that ‘moment’, and in doing so, know how significant it really is within the movie.
We were also introduced to Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch and the characters were ones that you couldn’t help but feel a connection with, even if you didn’t want to. They also offer some light humour to the story which is great in that new characters can interact on a light level with the characters of old
One of the highlights from me was Paul Bettany as The Vision. He brought life to the character that I think only he could. As Jarvis he didn’t have the opportunity to really stand out, but as The Vision, I found myself wanting more, so hope that he’ll be in future movies.
All in all I enjoyed the movie, a few moments in the middle wouldn’t deter me from watching it again and it will definately be one that will get added to the DVD collection. The storyline and characters were well presented, and had a great witty humor. However, the climax throughout the main storyline of the movie was too much, and got boring. But the wait was well worth the ending of the movie, with more witty humor. Our team would easily see it again. All in all, a great watch, personally we’d rate it 8/10
Stan Lee – (comic book) &
Jack Kirby- (comic book)
Scarlett Johansson ….. Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Linda Cardellini ….. Laura
Chris Hemsworth ….. Thor
Robert Downey Jr…… Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Evans ….. Steve Rogers / Captain America
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ….. Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
Hayley Atwell ….. Peggy Carter
Cobie Smulders ….. Maria Hill
Elizabeth Olsen ….. Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
James Spader ….. Ultron (voice)
Tom Hiddleston ….. Loki
Jeremy Renner ….. Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Mark Ruffalo ….. Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Idris Elba ….. Heimdall
Samuel L. Jackson ….. Nick Fury