Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Written By: Joss Whedon
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Studio: Marvel / Disney
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Avengers could be one of the best and most entertaining comic book movies ever. So it’s kind of hard for Avengers: Age of Ultron to top that. The movie does have some problems with it but it’s still a fun, entertaining flick that setups the next phase for Marvel.
Things pick up pretty quickly in Avengers: Age of Ultron when we’re already in mid-mission when the movie starts. They don’t really explain how Tony Stark got all those suits back so quickly or why they decided to call the Avengers back together. But whatever, they find out Hydra is experimenting on humans using Loki’s old scepter. During the mission, They encounter two “enhanced (can’t say mutant)” twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who make things difficult for the Avengers. They eventually retrieve the scepter and Tony and Bruce discover A.I. within the gem in the scepter and unwittingly create Ultron. Ultron rebels immediately and vows to destroy the world and the Avengers have to take care of their personal demons to defeat him and save the world. That old gag.
I had high hopes for Avengers but kind of felt let down initially. I ended up liking it a lot more the second time around though. There’s still some problems with the movie like the too many characters syndrome, how they did Ultron and rushed through his creation, and the sometimes confusing storyline. Whedon managed a backstory for Hawkeye this time and actually made you like the guy. The relationship between Black Widow and Hulk/Bruce was a little weird but I guess you had to give Black Widow something to do. The whole safe house stuff was boring as hell, and we should have just cut to Thor’s side mission when that they wanted to lay low for awhile. You see a lot more in the deleted scenes section and it probably should have been included into that scene.
I loved the addition of Vision and the new characters but even they felt rushed a bit. I’m still trying to figure out how Vision was created even though Ultron made him. It’s something mysterious and just bad ass about his character that I like. Quicksilver was okay in the movie but everybody will agree Fox did him better in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Scarlet Witch was interesting despite the crappy Eastern European accent. Watching the movie, you can just tell how the next Captain America will be (Avengers 2.5). Tony can be such a dick and he just made a lot of bad decisions in this movie. Will be curious to see how everything plays out in next few Marvel films.
There’s a lot of great scenes in the movie too. Loved the party scene and everybody trying to pick up the hammer. I thought The fight scenes awesome yet a little busy and little too heavy on CGI. The hulkbuster sequence was entertaining to see and when Iron Man was repeatedly punching Hulk into the ground, it was almost as great as when Hulk slammed Loki to the ground. I loved seeing Vision do his stuff as well.
The Blu-Ray single-disc features a making of, some deleted/extended scenes, a gag reel, audio commentary from Joss Whedon and a few other things. The deleted scenes were great, particularly that Thor scene that explains the infinity stones/mind stone a little bit. I was laughing my ass off at what Stellan Skarsgård was saying in the gag reel. He keeps hitting on one of his students as he’s leaving the building. Definitely caught me off guard but it’s very funny. The making of is about 20 minutes and it’s okay. Some behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast. I didn’t listen to the audio commentary yet though.
I think the main issue with Avengers: Age of Ultron is that’s just a little too busy and too much going on. It felt all over the place at times and I think if it was more focused it would have been better. With all the nitpicking and criticism I had, still had a blast watching the movie and still excited for many, many Marvels to come.
“From The Inside Out – Making Of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron'”
The Infinite Six
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
Bottom Line: Not as good as the first movie but still an entertaining flick
Running Time: 141 mins