Avengers: Age of Ultron
Starring Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Colbie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Synopsis: The Avengers reassemble to take on a artificial intelligence called Ultron who has a world destroying agenda.
Most of the things that were so great about the first Avengers movie, are still present in this one. Whedon’s swift wit, and character driven moments popping up alongside the remarkable special effects, and well crafted fight scenes.
It was nice to see another woman joining the Avengers’ roster, Olsen’s Scarlet Witch/ Wanda is someone that I’ve no knowledge of, but she was one of the more memorable characters. I liked the interplay between her and her brother, (Taylor-Johnson) they actually seemed like siblings. It was also a nice scene between her and Renner, when he’s trying to convince her to join the final fight, in the made up country of Sovokia in Eastern Europe, he does all the talking, and she’s silent, it made me laugh.
I really like the character Natasha, she was one of the things I liked the most about the first Avengers movie, and Whedon had given Johansson the opportunity to show elements from Natasha’s past, and her softer side in the scenes opposite Ruffalo. Although I liked the idea of seeing other aspects of Natasha’s character, I did feel that the romance element kind of came out of nowhere, I don’t remember there being anything romantic between Natasha and Bruce in the first movie. Admittedly there have been three years between the two films, so there might well have been something in the comic books referencing the advancement of their relationship, that I’m unaware of. I actually thought that the creators of the movies were going to put Captain America and Black Widow together, after seeing them interact in the second Captain America movie, they were very flirtatious for quite a few scenes.
The conflict between Captain American and Iron Man in this one, seems to be laying the groundwork for the Civil War that is supposed to be part of the third Captain America movie. Although some of it’s played for laughs, but the scene when Bruce and Tony are preparing to insert Jarvis’s consciousness into the body that Ultron intended for himself, and Steve accompanied by Wanda and her twin try to stop him shows how far their friendship could fracture, given their differing world views.
I was also surprised, just like the rest of the Avengers were, when it was revealed that Barton had a wife and two children, with one more on the way. The character hasn’t had much dialogue admittedly, in his appearances, but it was still a surprise. The interplay between Renner and Cardellini, was nice, and they actually had a good chemistry in the few scenes that Cardellini appeared in.
Another surprise was the fact that neither Jane Foster or Pepper Potts made a appearance, even during the scenes featuring Iron Man and Thor’s worst nightmares. They were mentioned during a early party scene but that was it. So if you’re a particular fan of those relationships you will be disappointed.
It’s a fun movie, with a lot of positives, if you like superhero movies like I do, although it wasn’t as good as the first one. Loki, the first movie’s villain was a lot more memorable than Ultron, due to Tom Hiddleston’s performance and chemistry with Hemsworth and Downey Jnr in particular.