Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: 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
Director: Joss Whedon
What’s Good: If you want to marvel – Marvel’s spectacular VFX served deliciously in a 3D film, this one is a winner. No one gets to go home unhappy as everyone gets their favorites, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor and Captain America pull off some of the greatest stunts. Seeing that the Avengers clean-up their own mess with such gusto, we can be rest assured that our planet is in safe hands.
What’s Bad: Well, I have to say for those who have seen the first part, The Avengers packed a punch better than this and Ultron may sound badass but what Loki’s evil antics remain etched in mind and Ultron does not top that.
Loo break: You Will Curse The Interval!
Watch or Not?: Hell Yeah! This one is a stunner when it comes to execution. The first fight sequence of the Avengers team itself lays base for what lies ahead. Other than sleek action, what you enjoy most is the banter that goes on between Iron Man and the rest of the team. Especially, Captain America’s “Watch your language warning!”
Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens with a mid-battle sequence of the team fighting out bullets in the fictional Eastern European country Sokovia. The Avengers are waging a war against Baron Strucker who now has the Sceptre that Loki was after in the prequel and with it, Strucker has been wielding to experiment of humans. His experiments have yielded him two strong allies and they are twins Pietro and Wanda. While Pietro has a super fast superhuman speed, Wanda can play mind tricks and has the power to throw energy blasts. In this war stricken Sokovia, the job of the Avengers is first to find the Sceptre. During this mission, Tony Stark aka Iron Man manages to lay hands on the Sceptre and secretly transfer it to the Avengers base. Thinking that another mission has been accomplished, the Avengers decide to have a party to celebrate the retrieval of the Sceptre but what lies ahead is the formation of a new villain altogether.
During the party, Stark manages to convince Banner to utilize the three days that they have and decipher how the sceptre can be helpful for their Ultron program which is a part of Stark’s vision of a Metal Army to save the planet. As Tony and Banner work together on an A.I (Artificial Intelligence) that can coherently work with Stark’s program Jarvis, the foundation for Ultron’s birth is laid. Ultron which has been designed to save earth, believing that to do so, it has to eradicate humanity, it eliminates Stark’s Jarvis program and sets out to attack the Avengers who are the only shield that can protect humanity,
Being confronted about his secret job of creating Ultron by the team, Stark is now asked questions by the team. On the other side, Ultron has now moved to Sokovia, having stolen the scepter, he is building a new body in Strucker’s lab and an army to struck down the Avengers.
What lies ahead is battle of the mightiest with the mightiest! Don’t miss this visual treat.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Review: Script Analysis
This script is apt for the adage: If you want peace, prepare for war. What Joss Whedon does best with the sequel is give us an entree into the personal lives of each of the Avenger. Since Wanda is given the powers of mind manipulation, through her, Whedon introduces us to the fears of each Avenger. I specifically loved the portion where he tells us Black Widow’s story. What is special about this script is that other than the spectacular action that we are already expecting, the quirky repartee between the team members is truly entertaining. Another thing that truly impresses is the romantic tension between Black Widow and Banner (Hulk).
What carries this tale of Artificial Intelligence going rogue is the smashing dialogues and when a mean looking metal-head Ultron says “I’m going to tear you apart… from the inside!”, he actually means it and well he does prove it till a certain extent. Whedon’s smartness at writing the dialogues is what I appreciate the most and you can’t help but laugh when Ultron says “I can’t actually throw up in my mouth!”.
All I can say is Whedon – Well Done!
Avengers: Age of Ultron Review: Star Performances
First and foremost I must start with Tony Stark aka Iron Man who is played by Robert Downey Jr. He is his usual quirky self carrying the notion that he owns the world. This time being smitten by his fears, Stark himself gives birth to the villain and well, he eventually fixes it up too but with the help of his team. Also not to mention, his entry is welcomed with hoots and whistles in theaters! Robert Downey Jr. is as perfect as his Iron Man suit!
Mark Ruffalo who essays the character of Hulk aka Dr. Banner is quite the best himself. We see him rumbling with anger when he turns green but his other side as the scientist is interesting too. You almost get the chills when you see Hulk getting emotional towards the last scene.
Chris Evans as Captain America, other than looking sumptuously hot with his fit bod does a fine job. He is truly the Captain of this team and this time he manages things pretty well as he leads, assigns and even controls Stark’s antics.
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow is sleek and sexy. She pulls off the action sequences with quite an ease. Scarlett strikes the right balance as a dutiful avenger and a smart girlfriend to Banner. I loved the scene where Black Widow is shown a window into her past, Scarlett pulls off that emotional scene brilliantly.
Jeremy Renner as the Hawkeye gets to flaunt his human side in this film. We learn that he is a family man and why his going out there to save the world and coming home safe is of utmost importance. Jeremy matches up to his peers and impresses us with a good performance.
Chris Hemsworth plays Thor and you literally swoon over him. He walks in style, has his powerful dialogues as heavy as his hammer.
James Spader as Ultron is mean. His dialogues are worth your every penny. Villains are delicious and Ultron is exactly that.
Paul Bettany as Vision and Jarvis is exceptional. Vision looks marvelous and Bettany gets a character that will become a favorite soon with the masses.
Aaron Taylor as Pietro and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda do a decent job in a film that already has some legends working in. Cobie Smulders and Anthony Mackie reprise their roles from the earlier film and they form the supporting cast.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
For any superhero film, it is extremely hard to keep the standard as high as the first one. The prequel of Age Of Ultron had received a lot of praises and myself being a huge fan of ‘The Avengers’, I was quite skeptical about the sequel. I was hoping that Whedon does not push too much into this sequel and spoil the fun. What Joss does like most directors is, make sure that the VFX are top notch and more than the story, it is the experience that counts. Of course fans of the comics may complain of changes made to the original storyline but for those who are joining new to this Avengers bandwagon, this is some brilliant work. The 3D works in favor for this film and it is truly worth every dime you spend on watching the film. Whedon gives these mightiest heroes on the Earth a obnoxious villain in the form of Ultron and we certainly understand why he has a connection with stark. If not for a perfect storyline, watch the film for its execution.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Review: The Last Word
This a must-watch superhero film and for all the Avengers fans. Enjoy full on action sprinkled with team spirit, romance and of course Tony Stark’s super entertaining banter with his team. I am going for a 4/5 for this film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
Avengers: Age of Ultron releases on 24th April, 2015.
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