Friday, May 1, 2015
Avengers Age of Ultron Review: A Marvelous Sequel
Age of Ultron starts with The Avengers assembled and using their teamwork to protect the world. However Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) believes the team could do more. So with the help of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki’s Scepter, Tony inadvertently creates an A.I. known as Ultron (James Spader). Upon his activation, Ultron reveals that he has his own way to save the world:by destroying mankind. So Iron Man along with Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the rest of the Avengers must stop this new threat, but that seems easier said than done as Ultron enlist the aid of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Aaron Taylor Johnson/Elizabeth Olsen).
The plot to Age of Ultron was different than I anticipated. My idea was that the movie would feature a intricate story that had Ultron as the centerpiece to the plot. Yet that was not case, though Ultron was a major factor to the story. Using a fast pace, Age of Ultron’s story was exciting as it was enticing The plot was a massive adventure that followed the simplistic concept of good vs. evil; though the story did have several dramatic themes to it like the tension between the team. The plot’s structure benefited several factors as it was able establish points for future points while standing on its own. It may not have been what I was expecting, but the story to this sequel certainly got the job done.
The Avengers featured an impressive ensemble that was riddled with solid character development and great chemistry between the cast.Age of Ultron seems to continue on this factor; not to mention expand upon it. Each character progressed fluently throughout the film, and the main cast developed naturally. The chemistry between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was fantastic. Whether it was a scene between Iron Man and Captain America or Iron Man and Thor or Bruce Banner and Black Widow, the cast worked well together and they came off as a true unit.
Avengers: Age of Ultron may not have top its predecessor; but given what The Avengers did for comicbook movies, that goal was never going to be achieved. That being said, Age of Ultron expanded upon many elements established in the 2012 film; and with its plot and villain, the movie easily stands on its own. If that is not the definition of a good sequel, then I don’t know what is. Age of Ultron has everything that a blockbuster should have, making it another addition to Marvel that makes me proud to be a comicbook fan as well as a moviegoer.