MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON [a Film Review]

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the eleventh film from Marvel Studios as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is also one of the first films to kick off the season of summer blockbusters. So undoubtedly, the film carries the huge burden of what moviegoers have to expect from this year’s line-up. Fortunately, it doesn’t fail to impress.

The second film to be helmed by the “geek god”, director Joss Whedon, it showcases yet another world-destroying plot by new “big-bad”, Ultron (James Spader).

The plot of the movie is simple. The bad guy wants to destroy the world, the good guys have to find a way to work together in order to stop him, while recruiting some new faces in the process.

With such predictable plot, it leaves little for frequent moviegoers to anticipate about. This is where director Whedon shows his own superpower. Injecting his classic Whedon jokes into serious action films, he brought back the reason why fans of the Marvel films kept coming back; because it was fun.

Maintaining a comfortable pace between intense action and drama, Whedon’s second film focused more on the human side of these enhanced beings and explored the stories of the lesser known Avengers, mainly Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and even newcomers, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen).

Since this movie is set out to be one of the biggest blockbusters of this season, needless to say, this film is used to set up what is to come next in the MCU, mainly a teaser for Thor: Ragnarok (2017), starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, and Captain America: Civil War (2016), pitting the “star-spangled hero” (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

For the long-time Marvel fan of both the literature and visual arts, you will fall in love with how your favourite comic book moments are brought to the silver screen. For the moviegoers looking to escape from your mundane lives, this film is a 2 & 1/2 hours of spectacular action and visual effects that is sure to get you on the edge of your seat.

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