Avengers Age Of Ultron - This Movie Rocks The F**king World - Literally!
Dir: Joss Whedon
Starring Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Ultron, Stan Lee, Vision...What? what do you mean this stuff isn't real???
Proving that he can categorically make lightning strike twice, Joss Whedon kicks off his follow-up to the highest grossing superhero movie of all time, with a spectacular Bond-esque pre-credit sequence that brings all the action, jeopardy, sense of mythology and, most importantly, the humour that make his Marvels the finest in town.
And after that, he barely lets up. If Marvel are currently getting it right in just about every move they make, no small part of that that is down to Whedon, a man who puts his own heart and soul into those of the iconic characters he marshals.
Here we focus on both the consolidation (more or less ending Phase 2 of the MCU) and the setting up of the world(s) that are to follow. And both “Wow!” and “How!”
More than anything however, we focus on character. For all the smash and the bang, we get to know more about the people. Hawkeye is humanised, Romanov and Banner are found, Rogers starts to find a place in the world and Stark starts to lose one. And Ultron is probably the most human robot you’ll ever meet – with all the foibles that entails. For all the action there is here – and there is bucket loads – action is always resolved trough character. A rare treat in a mega-budget tentpole.
Of the newbies, Olsen impresses the most as Scarlet Witch (her entrance as an Avenger is designed for audience cheers), whist her brother Quicksilver proves that Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s screen-sucking turn in last year’s Godzilla was, sadly, not a one off. (Bring on Evan Peters’ Days of Future Past.) Spader meanwhile, motion-capturing and voicing Ultron (from Petty In Pink to here?) is nothing short of magnificent.
As for Paul Bettany’s Vision (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System writ large) he is simply a Vision!
This may lack a touch of the shock of the new of the first outing, but what Whedon gets here (and he really gets it here) is that this is how the superhero movie comes of age. We all know that “with great power comes great responsibility” – but here we see and feel the impact of that responsibility. Here is where the comic book movie grows up. Not darker, just more mature.
As they did with Avengers, Marvel Studios and Whedon have raised the bar so high here it’s almost impossible to imagine it can be jumped. DC, and everyone else – the gauntlet(s) have seriously been thrown down. Man up.
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