Saturday, May 9, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Plot: Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr) mistakenly creates a super-intelligent robot, Ultron, who wants to pacify the world by killing all the people. The Avengers are mad at Tony, and gripe at one another. Ultron is allied with two new superheroes Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) who cause more in-fighting on the team. Gradually, the Avengers pull themselves together to battle Ultron at the final battle. [imdb]    [photos]

Review: This installment of the Avengers had a good balance of story telling and action. There were many storylines, andtoo many characters for good group dynamics. Although they talked about teamwork, we don't get as much as in X-Men: Days of Future Past, for example. 

I liked the humanization of the heroes, like Hawkeye's (Jeremy Renners) wife and family, and Black Widow's (Scarlett Johansson) flirting. 

I did not like Thor and Ironman, they seemed disengaged. In previous movies, Ironman has an interesting personal story, but not here. Thor seemed like a likable alien, but was never engaging. I also liked how the bad-guy was created by the good-guys to prevent very problem they created for themselves. It is like the 2nd Iraq war. 

The story is cleverly written to keep so many characters in it. There are jokes and lots of fighting. The plot seems to involve chasing the bad guy and then running away from the bad guy. 

They artfully retired Ironman, Hulk and Hawkeye, and recruited new hero Vision and Scarlet Witch for the next movie. 

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen

Directed by: Joss Whedon

The Music: Nothing special; lots of drums. 

The Visuals: Top special effects.

Rating: 3.0 stars: Fun to watch. 

More: The bad guy shown in the middle of the credits is Thanos, a bad guy from Titan the moon of Saturn. He has an Infinity Gauntlet he uses as a weapon, and has godlike powers. 

Even More: The next Avengers movie is May 2018; its called the Infinity War.