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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review

Avengers- Age of Ultron

Bigger is not necessarily better for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

While better paced than its predecessor, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a bit too ambitious for its own good. The globe trotting sequel works a bit too hard to give viewers bigger action set pieces and to give every character (and there’s a lot of them) proper screen time which causes the film to feel messy and more than a little exhausting. Sure, it’s generally rewarding to see each of our heroes (ie Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor) have their moment to shine, but do we really need to see so many scenes devoted to Hawkeye and his family? The answer is no.

The biggest issue with this sequel is surprisingly with Joss Whedon’s script. Whedon (who is an accomplished screenwriter to say the least) makes some rather puzzling decisions this time around as he includes an entirely forced romance between Bruce Banner and Black Widow and a villain (Ultron) who is a decidedly odd choice for such a high profile sequel. We’ve all seen many self aware A.I. films in the past (heck, we’ve even seen a great one this year with “Ex Machina”) so I’m not quite sure why Whedon opted to go down this road. Ultimately, Ultron and his plan for world peace were not remotely interesting and they made you yearn for Loki. Speaking of the story, it’s mostly a lot of “end of the world” doom and gloom and Infinity Stone stuff. You know, the usual.

I know it sounds like I’m taking a lot of shots at this film, but I actually did enjoy it for the most part (I promise). The addition of new characters was easily the highlight of the film for me (even if Quicksilver wasn’t as cool as the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” version). Scarlet Witch, on the other hand, was a welcome addition as her powers provided some of the best action and drama. It will certainly be interesting to see her in future Marvel film installments. While not in the film for long, a lot of geeky folks were thrilled to see the Black Panther’s foe Klaw (wonderfully played by Andy Serkis). It was a nice little tease of what’s to come. Of course, the most buzzed about new character has to be The Vision. I won’t go into too much detail about him for those who haven’t seen ‘Ultron’ yet, but suffice to say, he has several of the best crowd pleasing scenes.

While not new characters, I was also happy to see several returning favorites such as Maria Hill, Nick Fury, War Machine, and The Falcon (although The Falcon’s absence from the end battle was a bit of a bummer).

Note: I did not receive a physical copy for review so I cannot comment on the picture and audio quality.

Extras:
* An amusing gag reel.
* “The Infinite Six”- A rundown of the Infinity Stones storyline using Marvel film clips, interviews, and discussions about Thanos, the stones, and the comic book stories.
* “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron: Connecting The Universe” (A digital bonus exclusive)- A handy featurette on Ultron, events that occur in the sequel, easter eggs in the film, and comic and film connections.
* “From The Inside Out- Making of Avengers: Age of Ultron”- Standard bonus material.
* “Global Adventure”- A featurette on the locations the crew shot at in the sequel.
* 4 deleted scenes, but none of the major ones we’ve heard about. Are they being saved for a future release?
* Commentary by Joss Whedon.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is now available to purchase or rent on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and through digital outlets.

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October 9, 2015 - Posted by | Movie Review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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