Feature | Lights, Camera, Action! – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie Review)

By Freda Cooper 23.04.2015 7

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (UK Rating: 12A)

It's not that long ago that a new phrase entered the English language: "Binge Watching." Initially, it was all about a change in TV watching habits, but this week's big new movie shows there's a cinematic equivalent. Avengers: Age of Ultron - out on general release now - might just be one film, rather than a long-running series, but the effect at the end is much the same - post-marathon exhaustion.
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That's not a criticism, more a statement of fact. Director Joss Whedon has decided to go out with a very loud bang for this, his second and last Avengers movie, and seems to have thrown just about everything at the film. There's no kitchen sink, yet one scene has a bath being put to very good use! What this will leave for his successors, the Russo brothers, to play with when they make Avengers: Affinity War (due in 2018) remains to be seen but, in the meantime, this outing for the superheroes is so full of action and special effects that there's only just enough time to draw breath between one set piece and the next; it's relentless, spectacular and brilliantly choreographed.

The gang's all back - Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, plus some new members of the team - and, as ever, they have a deadly villain to sort out, but this time there's none of the mischievous humour of Loki. Ultron (superbly voiced by James Spader) is a very different, and infinitely more sinister, proposition. An advanced form of artificial intelligence, he's a huge, muscular looking android originally designed to protect the world, and secretly kick-started by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Junior). He's woken up bitter, twisted and very, very angry, though, which means it falls to the Avengers to pull all their powers together to defeat him.


 
It also means this is a much darker movie than the previous one. Ultron isn't just an all-pervading embodiment of evil - he's also the source of the film's moral ambiguities that make people question the motives of some of its heroes. Is Stark really a force for good or is there something more sinister going on, and when Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) goes on the rampage after his brain is scrambled, he's clearly much more of a loose cannon than anybody could have imagined.

Saying that, though, the movie isn't totally about action, with some of the main characters also given a back-story to develop them further. The burgeoning relationship between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hulk isn't the best of them and does little to develop their characters or take the action forward, but the discovery of Hawkeye's (Jeremy Renner) family, secreted in a rambling country house, adds a new dimension to the superhero and gives the film something approaching an emotional core.

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The rumours have been legion about a mysterious clip right at the very end of the credits, but don't be taken in, since there isn't one. There is a fleeting glimpse of the future between the main cast list and the full credits, though. Who or what it is won't be revealed here - but it does look very familiar.

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10
Marvel - and Joss Whedon - have done it again! Avengers: Age of Ultron is over two hours of thunderous action, impressive special effects, a wonderfully cold villain, and some emotional intelligence for good measure. On this showing, Marvel isn't just still at the top of its form, it looks like staying there for some time.

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Cannot wait!!! Smilie

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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Got to watch this with the cast at the European premiere, sorry I have to spam this EVERYWHERE Smilie

Loved it but think there's going to be a lot of mid level reviews, I'd give it a 9 too but I'm betting casual fans won't enjoy it as much. There are some slow moments and strange character motivations along with some powers that people won't understand and aren't explained.

The performances knock it out of the park though, Spader is spectacular, back when he was in Boston Legal I said he'd make a perfect Ultron and this was a dream come true to see him there.

It's a shame it's Joss' last (for the time being) but after Winter Soldier I trust the saga is in good hands at the moment.

I heard Hawkeye is a standout character as well. Surprised he's not been considered for a solo movie.

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I always wished ed norton was still the hulk. i know im the only one though saying that, i do like mark ruffalo. Bring it on!

Michael is a freelance writer and camera operator He longs for the day he can finally buy a hover board and is intent on one day finding all 120 stars in Super Mario 64 One day

He was great as Hulk, but it was his decision wasn't it? Something about not wanting to be pigeonholed as that character...? Is that right?

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See, i heard it was the studio who didn't want him anymore because they were worried about his reputation for being hard to work with, but i thought he was awesome! He needs to start making good films again though he was good in birdman! 

Michael is a freelance writer and camera operator He longs for the day he can finally buy a hover board and is intent on one day finding all 120 stars in Super Mario 64 One day

Could be a bit of both then...

Anyway, saw this last night and...well...I had mixed thoughts. Some of it was fantastic, some of it was sheer filler that dragged, but was obviously necessary to build up Black Widow, Hawkeye and even Hulk's stories, and then the downright weird Ultron/Spader who came off as a poor Downey Jr, trying too hard to mimic the flippant remakes of Stark to emphasise the fact that the connection between the two. Not awful, but not a masterpiece.

As for the twins...not convinced. I've not read the comics but they don't seem like strong characters from this showing, at least.

6 or 7/10 territory for me. I love what Whedon's doing with Agents of SHIELD, but the next Avengers needs new blood. Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are much better than Age of Ultron, in my opinion.

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