Avengers: Age of Ultron picks up where the first film left off and after Captain America 2. Shield is still dismantled but our heroes are keeping busy. The movie starts with the team trying to retrieve Loki’s scepter from the first installment and more specifically the glowing orb that powers it. In a be-careful-what-you-wish-for type of scenario, the Avengers claim the orb and the AI power within it that emerges through Tony Stark’s Ultron program.
The film is nearly non-stop with plenty of action along with some dramatic moments, some funny moments (the contest to pick up Thor’s Hammer is worth the price of admission), and the exploration of new characters such as Vision, Scarlett Witch, and Quicksilver. War Machine and Falcon show up in here too. There’s a lot going on and it’s every bit as much fun as the first movie as this film shares the same magic touch of writer/director Joss Whedon. There’s some twists and turns to the storyline with some pleasant surprises and unexpected moments along with some set up for Infinity War.
The effects are amazing to watch on the big screen of course, I would highly suggest seeing this one in a theater (the first time anyway). One of the more gratuitous moments for me was the Iron Man vs. Hulk fight with Iron Man balancing the scales using his Hulk container unit, such a blast. As usual, the Marvel quality seal of approval is all over this, that company knows how to do it right. My buddy Paul put it best “I don’t know how you couldn’t like that film”.
In terms of the talent, it’s a major lineup including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Cobie Smulders, and James Spader as the voice of Ultron. Spader’s voice and demeanor make for a great AI villain hell bent on saving the world by destroying humanity. As for the rest of the actors, simply put, they all kick ass.
If you’ve seen the first one, if you appreciate fun, entertaining, action-packed popcorn flicks, this is right up your alley.
reviewed by Sean McKnight