Avengers: Age of Ultron tells the story of when Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry, and its up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
This reviews contains spoilers. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. And you might hate me for this review too, but lets see about that.
This instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a vast improvement from the last Avengers outing. Both of these films were an enjoyment to go and see. They were “fun” films. But the 2012 Avengers seemed to be full of one liners and that’s probably all that it will be remembered for. That and Loki being a badass.
This second outing definitely improved on story but I did feel myself getting bored at parts. I didn’t seem to enjoy the party sequence as much as I should’ve (and I’m not sure if it’s just me but I don’t really understand why it really necessary…what needed to be achieved could’ve been done so in a different way).
There were four things that kept me going throughout the film, and three of those things disappointed me. The first was Stan Lee’s cameo, which was the only thing that didn’t disappoint me (and as it shouldn’t in any of the Marvel films). He appeared in the party scene and had to be escorted out after trying a a thousand year old liquor that Thor provided and becoming really drunk as a result. Now, this is the part where it gets annoying.
The second was that on the imdB page for the film, Tom Hiddleston was listed as being apart of the film as a minor role reprising Loki. I spent the majority of the film trying to look for him only to find out through a friend that his scene had been cut. Even with only a bit part, it would’ve made the film that much more enjoyable.
The third was *spoiler alert* the death of Quicksilver//Pietro Maximoff *end spoiler* (played by the handsome Aaron Taylor-Johnson). We could’ve seen so much more from his character as it is clearly different from the character portrayed in the X-Men franchise. He only had a small part while he was on screen and he felt underdeveloped and underused as a character. The only small part that he had to open up as a character felt fake and unbelievable. I’m not sure if it was just the acting or the script, but it definitely wasn’t right.
The forth and final annoyance that I had was the mid-credit scene where *spoiler alert* Thanos appears and states that he “has to do it himself.” *end spoiler* It’s almost as pointless as the duck credit scene in Guardians of the Galaxy.
All of this being said, the introduction of the three new characters in The Vision, Wanda Maximoff (Scarlett Witch) and twin Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) were well introduced but Wanda’s character was developed the most out of the three. Her psychic powers are much more complicated then expected. Out of the entire cast, her story seemed the most interesting. She goes physically goes through such an emotional trauma when she uses her powers and we as an audience are definitely taken through that emotional journey with her. Her character was definitely my favourite part of the film.
The films action, dialogue, and emotion has definitely been fine tuned and each of the characters have definitely found their places. The CGI was a little off at times but that aside, it’s one of the better films of Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with its leader be by Captain America: The Winter Soldier).