There’s a saying that I’ve heard often that the sequel is never as good as the original. To that I say, “Oh don’t you know everything Mr. Bigshot!” but I do see that it’s often the case. After all, if you get something good on the first try it doesn’t mean you’ll get it right again, especially if that something was something quite as good as The Avengers.
I will never, ever, forget the first time I saw The Avengers. I mark it as not only a turning point in cinema, but a turning point in my life in general. Suddenly I was finally seeing what I’d always wanted to see, a bunch of my favorite (or at least partially known) comicbook characters together on the big screen facing a big scale threat, and it felt larger than life.
So no matter what, I knew that Avengers: Age of Ultron probably wasn’t gonna top this. Well whatever the case, it sure looks like Joss Whedon and Marvel have tried their hardest to top themselves. I really doubt it worked, but I’m not complaining. Avengers: Age of Ultron is easily the most fun I’ve had at the theaters since, well, since the last Marvel movie. And if that’s just gonna be the new norm from now on, ehhhh, could be a heck of a lot worse.
If there’s one thing that might drag this one down in comparison to the first Avengers is that it seems like Marvel feels like it’s earned the right to finally start testing the people’s nerd knowledge to the fullest. In fact I can honestly say that watching this movie is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to watching comic book being put to screen, and that comes with the good and the bad.
So let’s just give full warning here. (ahem) IF YOU AREN’T AT LEAST SLIGHTLY FAMILIAR WITH THE PAST FEW MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIES, AVENGERS COMICS, OR MOST OF THESE CHARACTERS IN GENERAL, THEN AVENGERS 2 IS GOING TO BE AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE 2 1/2 HOUR MESS.
Okay, if you are familiar with this stuff (which I assume about half of you are, the other half feel free to google it) then you’re gonna be in candy land. What I’m trying to say is that Avengers: Age of Ultron is not only serving as a sequel to the Avengers, but it’s also serving as the closer to the MCU’s second phase of movies, AND it’s setting up plot points meant to pay off in Thor 3, Avengers Infinity War parts 1 and 2, and probably Guardians of the Galaxy 2. If that seems like a tall order than rest assured that Joss Whedon has risen to the challenge as well as he or anyone can, but just don’t be surprised if you sometimes can’t figure out what the heck anyone is talking about.
The good news here is that everything you loved about the first Avengers is back in full force here, and it’s better than ever. The characters work off each other amazingly well, the action is jaw dropping, the script is probably the best we’ve ever seen from Marvel (yes even better than Guardians of the Galaxy), and most surprisingly is that the movie takes it’s time to make sure that everyone gets plenty of character development. And it’s the kind of character development that makes you look at certain characters in a whole new way, looking at you Hawkeye.
The action scene’s are astonishing, I’ve been waiting for a comic book movie that just embraced the crazy (action-wise) like this for a while, and I think I can safely say that this is the best action I’ve seen from Marvel yet. The icing on the cake is that this movie’s also got new characters to introduce that are just as entertaining as the one’s we already know. Aaron Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver might actually be even better than the version we saw in X-men Days of Future Past, Elizabeth Olsen is pretty great as Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany is majestic as Vision, and James Spader is kinda amazing as Ultron; who manages to be probably one of the most sarcastic, chilling, and most poetic movie villains I’ve seen in a while, and makes it look easy. Oh he’s not quite Loki or Winter Soldier, but he’s almost there.
The CGI isn’t quite as impressive as it needs to be, a sad side effect of having a movie that needs to be about 70 percent CGI, but it gets the job done. Any minor plot holes that come up can either be explained away with, “It’s a big movie universe and stuff happens” as with Thor just kinda leaving the movie for a few scene’s to set up stuff for Thor 3, or with the fact that apparently 30 min or so had to be cut from the movie and there’s probably gonna be a really awesome directors cut of this in few months.
So if it’s a bit sad that Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t better than the first, I’m just glad that they were able to get this good again rather than having the whole thing collapse in on itself. (kinda like Amazing Spider-man 2) Suffice it to say that this one’s worth your money. Take your kids, take your dog, catch up on your comics if you have to, and just enjoy it. I know I did.
The Media Fire gives this movie a 9/10