"Avengers: Age of Ultron" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
"The Avengers" was one of the most successful movies of all time. By putting together a team of six popular superheroes, fans flocked to the theaters to see the new superhero phenomenon. Marvel has made more films after that, which led to a sequel for the Avengers: "Avengers: Age of Ultron". However, this film is a disappointing attempt at trying to recapture the fun and magic of the first film.
The movie follows the Avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner) fighting against evil to save the world. However, when Tony and Bruce decide to make a smart A.I. system named Ultron, it comes to life with evil motives to destroy the world. Now, the team must find a way to bring down Ultron and his two super-human minions, Wanda (Elizabeth Olson) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Maximoff, before he is able to destroy the world for good.
The movie does have some great action sequences. For example, consider the first and last action sequences of the film. The first one sets up the tone for the film, and provides great action and beautiful cinematography. The last fight in Sokovia takes everything that was good in the first scene of the film, and doubled the awesomeness of it.
However, the action sequences can't save the film from its rocky story. The movie opens up with an action sequence like I mentioned, but we have no clue why they're there or what the Avengers are trying to accomplish. From the beginning of the film, the viewer is forced to play catch-up to try and figure out what is going on in the story.
From there, the movie doesn't really help itself by adding in scenes that are way too drawn out, then adding important scenes that don't give any explanation. We don't understand the importance of many of the scenes in this movie, and the film doesn't see anything wrong with that. If they worked harder and longer on the story, it may have made more sense than the story we actually got in the movie.
Ultron is a so-so villain. He is definitely menacing and frightening in the way that he can easily destroy the world, but he seems more like a whiny child after a while. He has no real reason for being mad at the world and wanting to destroy it, and his changes in tone and personality show that he is not a very sophisticated villain. He seems almost bi-polar in a way, and they don't really capture the potential that Ultron had.
Even though this film is extremely disappointing compared to the first one, it still is a fun watch. It's still a lot of fun to watch the Avengers kick the bad guys' butts and the humor they have while doing it. It's just frustrating since it could have been a good movie, but was brought down by its sloppy writing and bad story.