Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

I cannot express the sheer level of excitement that I felt when I initially heard that Marvel Entertainment was coming out with the new Avengers movie. Having been a long-time fan and a comic geek of Marvel, I had no qualms that this would turn out to be as stunningly awesome as the first Avengers movie. 

There’s nothing quite like sitting down to watch a group of superheroes open a serious can of whoop…you know what on a bunch of bad guys who are set to destroy a city, country, or the world. I’ve been following the Avengers saga since the cinematographers brought both Ironman and The Incredible Hulk to life back in 2008. After the resurrection of Captain American: The First Avenger made its appearance in 2011, the first Avengers movie followed suit in 2012. 

So, this whole time, and in true Marvel fashion, it became evident that all of the movies were building up to something. I mean, that’s the whole point of it, right? First, you are introduced to some of the key players, and then you mix them together, add a dash of bad intentions, namely Loki and his cohorts, and blend well. Voila! The first Avengers movie turned out spectacular!

When the cast returned for a second time, naturally, my excitement soared with anticipation filling my mind with the overwhelming giddiness of a toddler eyeballing a candy bar. The idea of a trip to the theatre always makes for a fun time, well, except when you have to endure long tedious lines, but in the end, the hope is that the resulting movie viewing experience will be well worth it. However, this time the experience was a little different for me.

While I would still recommend watching it, particularly if you’re an Avengers fan, the movie fell a bit short of my expectations. Here’s the thing, I expected a lot of action-popping adventure coming from Marvel. A movie such as this should be a fast-paced and action-packed adventure. It wouldn’t be a Marvel movie if it were any other way.

The problem that I had with it was that it felt as though it was simply stuffed with too much going on and that, at times, dampened my view on it and occasionally made it a little hard to keep up with, not to mention the plot line swung way out in left field leaving me to wonder what just happened.

The first movie focused more on Thor’s brother Loki, who decided to invade Earth with the aid of some of his cohorts and the Avengers team pulled together and defeated them all. In this second movie, however, emphasis was placed more on developing a new robot to eventually defeat Ultron, who was ironically a development gone awry of Stark. It seems that the Avengers team should’ve played a much larger role in personally defeating Ultron on their own rather than relying on a new robot to ultimately step in and fill in the gaps where they could not. 

There were other problems that I had with the movie as well. The scene in which Thor had a vision in the cave came off as being downright odd. I get that it was likely portraying what viewers may expect in the future, but it just did not sit well. The movie also shows one character getting nixed, while several others leave and new additions are made to the crew by the end of the show. 

Everything in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, at one point or another seemed way too rushed, as though perhaps the story’s wasn’t flowing to the producer’s liking and they just decided to force it along to speed the process up. The only thing that was truly accomplished by this was to make for an unsatisfying and frustrating movie-going experience. 

If you’re already a fan of Marvel comics or movies, then I would still suggest seeing this second phase to Avengers play out. After all, it’s important to keep up with what happens, so as not to leave any voids when the next movie comes out and you notice the cast has suddenly changed. However, I would suggest that you prepare yourselves by not setting your expectations too high.