Ladies and Gentlemen, we have come to this. It has all been leading down to this as we have finally arrived at this point of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…..well, the second time we arrived at this point.
The last entry of the 2nd phase of the MCU has finally come!!!
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye…..all together ag—
(WAIT……What do you mean this isn’t the end of the 2nd phase?)
(Then that movie ends it?)
(*checks movie schedule* Oh, Ant-Man……that movie. I forgot that I saw a trailer attached to that.)
OK, maybe not the end of the 2nd phase, but it’s something close. Anyway, it’s AVENGERS TIME AGAIN!!!!
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.
The MCU expanding its universe into deeper and bigger things on the horizon and with this entry, there is no doubt that the movie manages to explore new ground and some familiarization on these characters we come to know and love.
First and foremost, the action is captivating and stunning as once the movie even starts, you get right into it and the majority of those scenes has the grand scale of the New York Invasion in the first movie. Hell, the budget of this is $280 million and they used that budget to its fullest when it comes to those scenes. It’s well-shot, the fights are well-choreographed and as for the one-liners that most people kept complaining about in this movies…..I enjoyed them. Because I thought for something like this, it gives the movie some personality and it still retains that seriousness without looking too silly or depressing. That and you can’t help but laugh at most of those one-liners. (It also means I have a soul.)
The film does set a darker and anarchic tone than the previous effort especially when it comes to Ultron and the two new additions of the team. However, that darker tone doesn’t mean the film is going to be droll or dark for the sake of it. This is a Marvel movie, they actually want you to enjoy this (heh heh).
There is more expansions when it comes to the characters from the growing relationship between Natasha (Black Widow) and Bruce Banner (The Hulk), giving Hawkeye some great character moments with some unexpected ones (at least to those who didn’t read the comics), the whole dilemma involving Ultron and the introduction of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
Now onto the acting where everyone definitely played their part wonderfully. The strongest without a doubt is Robert Downey Jr.’s performance and that goes double with opposite Chris Evans (basically their interaction with each other is a preview of what’s to come with Civil War). Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson also give good performances with some moments with them that worked. The only one that seemed weak compared to them is Chris Hemsworth. He’s still great as Thor in the movie but what goes on with him seems average compared to the others. Jeremy Renner giving the spotlight as Hawkeye as he deserves it after the last movie, James Spader giving a spectacular performance as Ultron and he is actually an intimidating villain in the movie and not as dull as the previous villains were. Aaron-Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver……to me, he’s never been a spotlight in the movies he’s been in (even the good ones) but that completely changes as I thought his performance was one of his best things to date. Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch was also plenty great, too. Last thing, for what little time he got, I thought Don Cheadle was awesome as WarMachine in there as well.
FINAL VERDICT: Age of Ultron is greater than or equal to the first movie and it delivers on the high action and humorous quips we loved from the first movie but does expands on the story universe more to see where the next installments of the MCU could lead us to and It still brought a lot of fun onto the big screen.
This may not be officially the end of the 2nd phase, but it does feel like it. (And hopefully, I might change my mind if Ant-Man doesn’t suck and many of us hope it doesn’t suck.)
And with that said, Age of Ultron has risen to a….. 9.5/10 – High FIRST CLASS
Oh, and you should probably leave after the mid-credits stinger. No, really. There’s no post-credits scene. Then again, I can’t blame them. Could they topped that shawarma scene?
Anyway, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and as you can see….I got no strings on me.
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – courtesy of Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios