Avengers – Age of Ultron Review

Following S.H.I.E.L.D’s dissolution in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. Ultron (Spader) decides to kill the Avengers, and eventually wipe-out entire mankind citing world peace. Can Tony Stark and the Avengers save the world from the monster he created?

As for the new characters, I loved what they did with The Vision and how they did it. The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver — aka, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are amazing as well. Wanda’s psychic powers are much more complicated and empathetic then I expected them to be. What I love about Wanda is that she physically goes through emotional trauma when she uses certain powers and we as the audience go with her on that emotional journey. Like just about everything this film, that really packs a punch.

All the actors, unsurprisingly, played their roles superbly. Robert Downey jr again played the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, which we all love. This performance just adds to the argument that he is Iron Man. Chris Evan always brings a sense of honesty and heart to the role of Captain America. Scarlet Johansson again showed us that a male isn’t the only one who can be a badass that young boys look up to. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle and Anthony Mackie all reprised their roles wonderfully and each one of them added an extra dimension to their character. The newcomers Thomas Kretschmann, Andy Serkis, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were all great additions to the already extremely talented and lively cast. However the newcomer that stole the show was clearly James Spader. His intimidating robotic voice really brought the character to life and added sense of realism, in an otherwise unbelievable character. He brought our future fears (from terminator) of an AI trying to wipe out humanity. Marvel are not known for their memorable super villains, in fact they’re known for the opposite of this, but this villain is up there with Loki, Ultron is one of the more terrifying and surprisingly relatable/understandable villains in the MCU. The cast really gel well as a unit and you’ll be thinking that these actors grew up with each other, after you’ve seen the movie. The chemistry between everyone holds the film together.

The action in the movie, let’s just make this quick, was mind blowing. For anyone who’s seen the trailers, you will already know that the action shown was amazing. For any of you that think that they’ve showed too much or every action piece, from the movie, in the trailers, you couldn’t be more wrong. When you watch the movie you’ll notice that the action scenes are orchestrated beautifully and that every character has upped their game since the last time we saw them on screen, especially Captain America. This is a big budget movie and this is clearly shown in the stunts and the action sequences. The movie was shot all over the world this time and that helps to show that these group of people don’t just fight for one nation but the world. The locations were beautiful and i will always prefer a real natural set over a green screen.

Trivia:

  • Despite the rights issue between Marvel, Sony and Fox, Huge Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the X-Men films had expressed a desire to play Wolverine in an Avengers sequel. He had mentioned that he wanted to see Wolverine fight Iron Man.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron has the most VFX shots for any Marvel movie to date, with over 3000 VFX shots. Previously Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) held the record with 2,750 VFX shots.
  • The first day shot of James Spader was so impressive that the cast applauded and cheered for him after his first take.
  • The trailer broke all the previous records held by Iron Man 3 (2013). It was viewed 34 million times on YouTube in the first 24 hours after it was released.
  • As Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during the filming of Avengers: Age of Ultron, three stunt doubles were hired. Due to which there was a lot of confusion on the sets between other actors as the stunt women looked very similar to Johansson.
  • Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during the shooting of the film. So her scenes had to be shot first before her baby bump would show.
  • Hawkeye’s new uniform combines elements of his original Marvel Comic outfit, his Ultimate Marvel outfit, and his Ronin identity.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron is Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen’s second time in a movie together after Godzilla which released in 2014.
  • Actors Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo who worked in Avengers: Age of Ultron have something in common. They share the same birthdays.
  • Actor Aaron Taylor Johnson was asked to lose weight (muscle mass in particular) as he looked very strong to play the part of a runner.

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