Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Written By: Joss Whedon
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 21 min
Ding ding, round two! Well, phase two as it’s been dubbed by the Marvel movie machine house. The latest series of superhero film projects, culminating in the gargantuan finale, Age of Ultron. Which sees our intrepid heroes turn on one another as they battle a maniacal android born from their fears. Which is all very good, except for one thing – everything feels so safe and familiar.
Avengers: Age of Ultron hits all the marks it should, and gives the audience what they’ll pay to see. It’s certainly not boring that’s for sure! It ups the ante action wise over the last Avengers film, but at the same time, doesn’t seem all that interested in being a stand alone piece of art entertainment. Much like the other movies in phase two of Marvel’s superhero project. They are starting to feel like they came off a production line. Each movie carefully designed, produced and delivered to audiences in line with a very specific and rigid plan, and very few risks are taken.
That’s not to say Ultron is a bad film, far from it. The action is epic in scale, and the film nicely balances out its darker themes with some great moments of humor. But Marvel’s movie projects are starting to feel as exciting as watching cookies roll off a production line. Sure, the first freshly baked doughy delights smell great and taste like heaven. But the second? Not so much, and by the third, you start to wonder if you’ve overindulged on the sweet sugary treats!
As human beings we’re wired to crave variety, and certainly for me, phase one’s films were more entertaining because they were fresh and new. Phase two however isn’t all that interested in adding anything genuinely groundbreaking to the mix, and this ultimately is reflected in my choice of films in my personal Blu-ray collection. I own the first Iron Man, but didn’t bother buying the sequels. I also watch my copy of the first Avengers movie at least once a year, but I won’t be adding this sequel to my collection.
This is more of the same Marvel fun, so if you enjoyed the first Avengers film, I’m sure you’ll find this entertaining. The film is rated a nice profit friendly PG-13, so the violence never gets too graphic.
This is a big spectacle movie, and needs to be seen on a big screen. If you wait for the rental, then get the HD version to watch on a nice big TV. I wouldn’t recommend you watch this on a laptop, tablet or phone sized screen.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
The Avengers are chilling out after a party at Stark tower, and one by one, each tries to lift Thor’s hammer. I loved the expression change on Thor’s face when Captain America (easily the most virtuous hero in the group) steps up, and makes the hammer (called Mjölnir) move just a little bit.