Saturday, 3 October 2015

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader
Studio: Marvel Studios
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Retail: $32.99
Running Time: 141 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Links: DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD


Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is this summer's blockbuster Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader. Bonus Features on the Blu-ray includes From The Inside Out - Making Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Infinite Six, Global Adventure, Deleted & Extended Scenes, Gag Reel and Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Joss Whedon.

Taking place after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) has reformed the Avengers team - Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner), so the can fight the evil Hydra. After destroying the Hydra science base where Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was experimenting with Loki's scepter, Stark and Banner use the scepter's gem to create an artificial intelligence for the Ultron global defense program.

Unfortunately, Ultron (voiced by James Spader) grows a conscious of his own and comes to the conclusion that the Avengers are a danger to the world. Ultron uses what resources that were left behind at Strucker's base to build himself a robotic body as well as an army or robotic minions. He recruits the twins Pietro/Quicksliver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) to help him kill the Avengers.

Besides from worrying about how to stop Ultron, the Avengers have their own share of problems with Banner trying to figure out if he can have some sort of future with Natasha, Barton debates what is more important - the Avengers or his family, Thor searches for the meaning behind the Infinity Stones, Stark blames himself for creating Ultron and the Captain tries his best to lead the team.

Despite the fact it took in over one-billion dollars at the box-office, Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron gathered only mixed-reviews from critics as well as moviegoers; all of which kept comparing it to the first film. I thought the original film was a bloated mess, so I wasn't expecting much of a difference with the sequel.

While the plot is simple-minded, the sequel has a better pace, letting all the characters have their moments to shine. The editing and cinematography is superior to the first film and feels more like a big-budget flick instead of a television miniseries. The cast has played these characters long enough that they know exactly what to do. However, none the regulars stood out for me, but the one that did was Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch.

Now to the downside! Similar to the first movie, there is way too much CGI effects throughout the film, which made several scenes feel a bit too cheesy. The villain Ultron, never felt like a threat to the Avengers; this could have been avoided if the character was better written. The other new addition to the team is Vision (played by Paul Bettany, who also voices J.A.R.V.I.S.), who is unnecessary. It feels like the character was added to film at the last minute. Overall, Marvel's Avenger: Age Of Ultron is slightly better than the first film, but is held down by a lackluster script,a badly-written villain and an overload of CGI effects.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary digital copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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