What a time to be alive: when comic book characters such as Thor and Captain America not only get their own individual films but also have to team up to take down something more powerful then they can cope with alone. In the case of this film that powerful being is Ultron, a supreme artificial intelligence that cannot tell the difference between destroying the world and saving it. With the assistance of the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch he quickly tears the avengers apart, in the process exposing their limitations and flaws.
Whilst the first avengers set an incredibly high bar for any sequel to live up to, Age of Ultron does a good job of maintaining the high standard which Marvel fans are so used to. It was interesting to see how much more the characters developed in this film compared to its predecessor. With the relationship between Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Natalia Romanov (Black Widow) it gives the team a more human angle. On top of this Clint Barton (Hawkeye) has a much more key role in this film which shows the character in a completely different light compared to the first one.
The cinematography and special effects are as good as they are in any other marvel film; from the huge battles to Bruce banner going green they are totally believable and well worth a watch on the big screen. My only criticism of the film is that in the middle it does feel like events jump from one to another very quickly without a smooth link between, making the viewer feel like lots was cut out of the film. It would be interesting to see an extended cut.
Apart from that it was as action-packed and fulfilling as you would expect, with your old favorite characters returning whilst having some new and interesting players on the field. For those who are yet to see the film I’ve tried to not give too much away but one thing I’ll tell you is that it’s well worth a watch. Or in my case, multiple watches
4/5: Fantastic action packed ride with a huge number of superheroes - something that everybody can enjoy.
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