“Avengers: Age of Ultron” -Review:

Our favorite superhero team is back in one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Our usual suspects are back in front of and behind the camera, Wheedon directs and Downey, Evans, and Hemsworth star in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We have a couple additions in Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, and our favorite blacklisted James Spader as our prime antagonist Ultron.

After Ultron, an experiment of peace keeping A.I. developed by Tony Stark develops plans of his own, The Avengers have to do whatever it takes to put an end to Ultron’s plans.

After a long lay off between Guardians of the Galaxy and our newest MCU installment a lot has happened. Spider-Man has come home and we are gearing up for some stand alone’s that we thought were afterthoughts at best (Antman, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther). With Civil War on the horizon how well did Wheedon and friends get us from our current state to a face off of epic proportions in 2016?

Very well in fact. This is the definition of a summer epic. We’re in May talking about summer movies. How crazy is that? Age of Ultron is everything I expected it to be. A lot of fun with characters that I’ve grown to love since the original Ironman back in 2008. The chemistry between earths mightiest hero’s comes off so naturally in this film, as it did in the original. The film is as much a big budget action extravaganza as it is a comedy and a character study. That’s the best thing about how Joss Wheedon goes about making this film. He doesn’t put himself in a box. He knows when to give us our over the top action and he knows when to make us laugh and get dramatic.

The characters motivations come about in a natural way and it feels like you understand why Tony wants to develop this A.I. and why the team is disappointed by that fact and don’t agree.

There’s always that hierarchy you feel with the Avengers. We obviously have our main four. While everyone else isn’t as important. In this film everyone feels like they have a purpose. Hawkeye gets a good portion of the story centered around him here and Jeremy Reener does a great job taking that ball and running with it. A character some felt was expendable was really delved into here and made us really appreciate not just Hawkeye but Clint the man as well.

Acting is solid across the board. James Spader delivers a chilling and humorous performance as Ultron, his performance keeps us invested into the good guys winning the fight. Which is essential in films like these. In any film really.

The action is shot beautifully and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Joss did a great job of giving us action that means something and not just action for the sake of action.

Johanson and Ruffalo do a good job of humanizing their characters and I really believed in their dynamic. Who would’ve thought we’d feel like we can relate to a man with the ability to turn into an angry massive green monster? Or a man that has been frozen for 75 years? One that has all the money in the world? That’s what keeps bringing the people in. The reliability with these characters. A couple Russian siblings that can manipulate your mind and run at an insane speed? Even an A.I.?

Paul Bettany is great as Vision and is one of the best parts of the film. The new characters fit right in to the already established universe. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were great additions to our team. They both play off well with the team and it’s fun to see them banter with our favorite group of Hero’s.

Where do we go from here? Avengers lite, Captain America: Civil War is set to come out next year. That movie seems to have the ability to shake up this universe and send a rift between our group. Let’s see what happens.

This is a great action film that is layered with heart, laughs, and explosions. Even if you haven’t seen any Marvel film to this point you’ll be able to leap right in with this one.

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