Despite the incredible amount of films concerning Marvel characters that have already been churned out, the juggernaut shows no sign of stopping. As you may have gleaned, this is the sequel to The Avengers, which came out in 2012.
This time they face not Loki, but a new foe in Ultron. Voiced by James Spader, he is a metallic despot bent on the world’s destruction. Anyone who has seen the tv show The Blacklist or any of his films for that matter will know what to expect when it comes to his voice. It is quite unusual in that he can sound menacing and rather playful at the same time. It is perfect for portraying an evil character.
This sequel sees the return of all the main cast from the last flick and introduces us to some new characters too. Besides Ultron, we get to meet Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. These two are played by Aaron Taylor- Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, respectively. Having played husband and wife in Godzilla, they get to play twins here. They are interesting additions to the story and are different because they obtained their powers through Hydra’s experimentation on them.
Age of Ultron opens with a bang and keeps the action coming throughout the movie’s 141 minute running time, as one would expect. If I could describe this picture in one word, or is it three, it would be ‘CGI’. This film is rife with effects shots. In fact at times it was hard to tell if anything on the screen was real besides the actors themselves. But on the bright side, considering the enormous budget of 250 million, the CGI is hugely impressive. It would be hard to fathom how they could make a film like this without it.
The movie has plenty of humour and is laugh out loud funny at several points. The witty banter and sense of repartee comes across very well. The exchanges between Captain America and Iron Man, in particular, are hilarious. Also, a scene involving the other Avengers and their attempts to lift Thor’s hammer, is a standout. Stan Lee makes his usual cameo appearance too.
I really enjoyed this film, but some things were definitely a minus. It has far too many characters, even for a movie that is over two hours long. Some make small, redundant cameos, which make them look less important overall. It is just too long and could easily have been cut down. Also, and this is a minor complaint, it has too many special effects. They are, as I already alluded to, fantastic, but sometimes you just need a break.
If you love Marvel, you will not be disappointed by this movie. If you are just a casual cinema-goer and are looking for something to watch, this will not let you down either. Go now and enjoy.