Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

(2015)

Writer-director Joss Whedon returns to helm this sequel to Marvel's mega-hit, 2011's The Avengers. The 11th Marvel film, this time our heroes battle the sentient robot Ultron (James Spader).

When Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Ultron emerges with terrible plans. The Avengers' uneasy alliance must reassemble to restore balance.... More

Says Whedon: "I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can't assume that everybody went to see Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what's happened, but not be slavish to it... The model I'm always trying to build from, my guiding star, is The Godfather Part II where a ton has happened in-between... but you don't need any information: it's there in the film."Hide

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Joss Whedon’s challenge with the first Avengers film was to deliver a watchable, broad appeal superhero team-up film, something he managed in spades. With this sequel, the expected outcome is a little different, with the surprise factor of his superlative prior effort being near-impossible to recapture. Although Age of Ultron is at times awkwardly shoehorned into the timeline of the larger Marvel film universe, Whedon is able to build upon the strong foundation he’s already put in place, laying down a challenge to DC’s upcoming Justice League films as well as his successors in the Avengers franchise moving forward.... More

With the team already established, no time's wasted before showing off their combined combat and quips in an opening action sequence that quickly summons a grin as well as showing that Whedon’s got a firmer grasp on how to deliver the big CGI that’s required. His trademark zingers are in full effect, peppering the film from start to finish, and he once again shows his knack for ensemble casts, with the film’s characters existing in harmonious balance (at least in storytelling terms).

Like most modern blockbusters, Age of Ultron runs a little long, but fortunately there’s not too much padding and its new characters grab shares of screen time in direct proportion to how entertaining they are. It’s always a pleasure whenever principal villain, the hilarious anger-bot Ultron, voiced by James Spader shows up, while siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are best-served by mostly staying in the wings until it’s time to show off their powers.

As Age of Ultron enters its latter stages, a welcome visual spectacle helps enliven what’s becoming a bit of an over-familiar end-of-the-world action movie scenario. Familiarity shouldn’t be a dirty word though, since the film hits all the right notes, serving as a welcome return of the Avengers amusing team dynamic and essentially asking “what more could you want?”Hide


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BY thorinoak superstar

A fantastic return by the Avengers proves that second time round can feel new, spectacular, full of surprises, and surprisingly fun.


BY KTurner superstar

I really enjoyed the first Avengers however the second Avengers didn't live up to it's predecessors standards. I found myself getting a bit restless half way through and hoping for the ending sooner rather than later. The cast did a good job, however there were no stand out performances. Overall this film for me was just a bit blah. A weak 3 stars.


BY iWatch wannabe

Joss - thanks for the repartee, thanks for trying to get some personalities into this film, thanks for trying hard, But please get back to some more cabin in the woods type sh*t


BY Gaspardation superstar

Not as fun as the first installment.


BY Red superstar

Don't understand the enthusiasm for this. It's too black and white, with dull characters - I was bored...


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81% of critics recommend.
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  • The follow-up to The Avengers may be the harbinger of a new deluge of superhero movies, but if all turn out as entertaining as this one, what’s the problem? Full Review

  • Bigger and, yes, darker than the first, this is less air-punchingly gleeful but probably more consistent. Full Review

  • Succeeds in the top priority of creating a worthy opponent for its superheroes and giving the latter a few new things to do, but this time the action scenes don't always measure up. Full Review

  • Whedon has revealed that his first cut ran for well over three hours, and it shows: ‘Ultron’ feels excessively nipped and tucked, barrelling from one explosive set-piece to the next, leaving ideas half-formed and character motivations murky. Full Review

  • If this is what the apotheosis of branded, big-studio entertainment has come to look like in 2015, we could be doing much worse... definitely has soul. Full Review

  • A big, bold, funny, thrilling, absorbing triumph, and continues Marvel Studios' seeming push for world cinematic domination. Full Review

  • A letdown -- entertaining to a degree, but so overstuffed that it may mark the point of diminishing returns for the Marvel movies generally. Full Review

  • Fortunately Whedon understands how to craft a superhero movie just as well as Marvel knows how to sell one. Full Review

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