Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Writer-director Joss Whedon returns to helm this sequel to Marvel's mega-hit, 2011's The Avengers. The 11th Marvel film, this time our heroes battle the sentient robot Ultron (James Spader).

When Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Ultron emerges with terrible plans. The Avengers' uneasy alliance must reassemble to restore balance.

Says Whedon: "I have to make my movie assuming that people will only have seen the first one, or possibly not even seen the first one. I can't assume that everybody went to see Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in-between. I have to go from one movie to the next and be true to what's happened, but not be slavish to it... The model I'm always trying to build from, my guiding star, is The Godfather Part II where a ton has happened in-between... but you don't need any information: it's there in the film."

Joss Whedon’s challenge with the first Avengers film was to deliver a watchable, broad appeal superhero team-up film, something he managed in spades. With this sequel, the expected outcome is a little different, with the surprise factor of his superlative prior effort being near-impossible to recapture. Although Age of Ultron is at times awkwardly shoehorned into the timeline of the larger Marvel film universe, Whedon is able to build upon the strong foundation he’s already put in place, laying down a challenge to DC’s upcoming Justice League films as well as his successors in the Avengers franchise moving forward.

With the team already established, no time's wasted before showing off their combined combat and quips in an opening action sequence that quickly summons a grin as well as showing that Whedon’s got a firmer grasp on how to deliver the big CGI that’s required. His trademark zingers are in full effect, peppering the film from start to finish, and he once again shows his knack for ensemble casts, with the film’s characters existing in harmonious balance (at least in storytelling terms).

Like most modern blockbusters, Age of Ultron runs a little long, but fortunately there’s not too much padding and its new characters grab shares of screen time in direct proportion to how entertaining they are. It’s always a pleasure whenever principal villain, the hilarious anger-bot Ultron, voiced by James Spader shows up, while siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are best-served by mostly staying in the wings until it’s time to show off their powers.

As Age of Ultron enters its latter stages, a welcome visual spectacle helps enliven what’s becoming a bit of an over-familiar end-of-the-world action movie scenario. Familiarity shouldn’t be a dirty word though, since the film hits all the right notes, serving as a welcome return of the Avengers amusing team dynamic and essentially asking “what more could you want?”

Guardian (UK)

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The follow-up to The Avengers may be the harbinger of a new deluge of superhero movies, but if all turn out as entertaining as this one, what’s the problem?

Empire (UK)

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Bigger and, yes, darker than the first, this is less air-punchingly gleeful but probably more consistent.

Hollywood Reporter

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Succeeds in the top priority of creating a worthy opponent for its superheroes and giving the latter a few new things to do, but this time the action scenes don't always measure up.

Time Out London

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Whedon has revealed that his first cut ran for well over three hours, and it shows: ‘Ultron’ feels excessively nipped and tucked, barrelling from one explosive set-piece to the next, leaving ideas half-formed and character motivations murky.

Variety (USA)

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If this is what the apotheosis of branded, big-studio entertainment has come to look like in 2015, we could be doing much worse... definitely has soul.

Film Ink (Australia)

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A big, bold, funny, thrilling, absorbing triumph, and continues Marvel Studios' seeming push for world cinematic domination.

Sydney Morning Herald

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A letdown -- entertaining to a degree, but so overstuffed that it may mark the point of diminishing returns for the Marvel movies generally.

Total Film (UK)

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Fortunately Whedon understands how to craft a superhero movie just as well as Marvel knows how to sell one.

Age of Superheroes

A fantastic return by the Avengers proves that second time round can feel new, spectacular, full of surprises, and surprisingly fun.


Avengers....

I really enjoyed the first Avengers however the second Avengers didn't live up to it's predecessors standards. I found myself getting a bit restless half way through and hoping for the ending sooner rather than later. The cast did a good job, however there were no stand out performances. Overall this film for me was just a bit blah. A weak 3 stars.

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Ode to Joss

Joss - thanks for the repartee, thanks for trying to get some personalities into this film, thanks for trying hard, But please get back to some more cabin in the woods type sh*t


Overrated

Not as fun as the first installment.


Not into it

Don't understand the enthusiasm for this. It's too black and white, with dull characters - I was bored...


Avengers do it again

I am not a technie person and knowing the makeup and logic of this movie mean't that I had to really settle in and grab the storyline and plot early before everything went past in a blur. I need not have worried as the opening began nice and slowly.

Was a great movie with lots of humour, both light and dark and just really funny. It was obvious that Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Hiddlestone was missing, but this movie was more down to earth. The rural setting turned these Super Heroes temporarily into country bumpkins all thanks to Hawkeye. Good to see Samuel L Jackson back again. They work well together this team.

Great script especially for Ultron, many merry moments with this robot especially when he gets to see his new selfie.

"You are so naive"

"I was born yesterday" then boom


$250 million piles of sh*t!

I try to understand what the hell is going on. Then I slowly realize that I will never understand what is going on, than I wind up with the distinct impression that, if there was anything to understand, it wasn't worth the sweat and worth of all being left with the question why didn’t I leave the cinema after about 10 minutes of this brainless money grapping stink.


Felt like I'd seen this before

Visually impressive, some good character development. But I felt like I'd seen it all before, there was really nothing that I though that took it to the next level. Kids loved it and that's the main thing.


Year of the Nerd

2015 is the year of the nerd. This the one of the bigger titles coming out this year which will be celebrated. It's great, giving enough to both fans of the comics and just the cinematic universe. Teasing enough for the next batch of Marvel films on their way.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a spectacular, action-packed blockbuster epic that nearly lives up to the hype. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye return and are now up against Ultron (voiced by James Spader) an artificial intelligence discovered by Tony Stark who believes he must destroy humanity to save the Earth. The tone isn't as dark and serious as you might expect. Joss Whedon hasn't lost his funny bone. You should probably know this by now, the cast fit effortlessly into their roles. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man. Chris Evan is Captain America.

But Avengers: Age of Ultron has problems. The romantic sub-plot between Bruce Banner and Black Widow felt forced. The magic of seeing all these heroes come together on screen for the first time is gone. But I can't fault the movie for that because it's inevitable. The extended climax is familiar, and there is little sense of danger for the Avengers, but I was having such a great time I didn't care. Age of Ultron gave me almost everything I wanted from an Avengers sequel. It's bigger than the original, but not better. Marvel fans should be satisfied.