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Film Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Very odd that this film only just came out in the US but anyhow, I saw this film last week in 3D and thought I’d share my thoughts.

The Basics

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring (take a deep breath): Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson.

Released: 23 April 2015 (UK & majority worldwide), 1 May 2015 (US)

The Plot: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.” via Marvel Studios.

via Marvel

*There may be spoilers, so read with caution*

Thoughts:

Loved loved loved the film from start to finish. It definitely wasn’t the ‘perfect’ film, but it was a film that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole way through. For some reason, and I really don’t know why, since I’ve watched enough of them now, but I always find myself surprised by how funny the films are.

The Good:

I love films that make me laugh and this film gave me plenty. The playful companionship and banter between the Avengers is hilarious, I particularly enjoyed the part where all the Avengers were attempting to lift Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer,) the comedy in that and Thor’s reactions were priceless. I also really enjoyed the action scenes, which is a good thing when you’re talking to me. I’m one of those people who gets bored quite easily during action scenes. Don’t get me wrong- I love a bit of action, but not when it’s just drags on and on and on. While many of the action scenes were long in this film (it’s a Marvel film, you’re going to expect action no matter what,) I felt that the way they added slight pauses allowed me to breath a bit before it cut straight back into the action. I also liked the new characters like the twins and J.A.R.V.I.S as the Vision. I also enjoyed getting to know Hawkeye and Black Widow’s backgrounds a lot better as well.

The Bad:

Personally there wasn’t anything that stood out to me as inherently ‘bad’. Although, whilst talking to my friend about it (who is a lot more knowledgable in the workings of the Marvel Universe,) he said that something that annoyed him was that there was no explanation for why Stark was back in the Iron Man suit and that they seemed to have just completely ignored what happened in Iron Man 3. (I’d be really interested to know what other people didn’t like about it actuall- drop a comment below!)

Overall:

Overall it was definitely an enjoyable watch, one of the most enjoyable that I’ve seen in a while. I’m definitely not a “critical” viewer when it comes to Marvel films or television series because my only real knowledge is what’s shown in the films etc, so I’m always interested to know how Marvel fans react. I think the fact that there were a lot of gorgeous men (and equally gorgeous woman,) kind of skewed things a bit, which to be honest I’m not complaining about. I also saw the film in 3D, but I don’t think it particularly added anything to it, perhaps that’s because my eyes were so used to watching it in 3D, but I think 2D would’ve been just as good.

Rating: 4/5

Watch the extended trailer below:

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