Avengers: Age Of Ultron: A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Avengers: Age Of Ultron: A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

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With Avengers: Infinity War opening this week, Phil’s Quick Capsule Review will be rerunning the reviews of some of our favourite Marvel Films! 

So the bigger, louder, more action packed sequel arrives in cinemas with a weight of expectation on it’s shoulders, a weight sadly even it’s great cast & solid director just can’t live up to. Even if it’s still likely to smash box office records globally…

Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad film BUT even I’m getting a bit bored of this formula now and in an age when Guardians and Winter Solider did it differently enough to stand out from the crowd, Ultron just seems a bit of a backward step delivering us action, humour and character beats we’ve seen countless times before.

Starting with some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a long time, the film rattles along at a pace with action scene after action scene, adding more and more characters along the way. Problem is, like I noted above, we’ve seen it all before and, except for the Hulk vs Iron man bit, there was little that really got me excited – especially as the film ends in pretty much a repeat of Avengers Assembles impressive last 40 minutes (hordes of faceless bad guy getting pummelled by CGI Avengers). Yes the humour’s here once again, as is the stand out character interactions, but this time it feels more forced and whilst Ultron, the titular foe for this Avengers outing, is solid good creation voiced expertly by Spader, he lacks the charisma of say a Loki, as is always the way when it’s a purely CGI creation.

So for me this is one of the weaker Marvel films, not because it’s badly made, but because familiarity surely now is starting to breed contempt and with another 5 years of Superhero films in the works I just wonder what they can do different now to stop the inevitable decline of this genre of films.

 

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

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Blog: All Things Film – Andrew Reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Blog: All Things Film – Andrew Reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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It’s Marvel time. Go on, guess what happens. And, no, I’m not referring to the massive pious battle between good(s) and (main) evil, in this case Ultron. Nah, I’m asking you to guess what happens in Act II. Yes, you’ve guessed correctly.

Which makes the beleaguered 135 minute run time all the more trying. One day soon the helmer of the multi-billion franchise at hand will find a way to cram exposition after exposition in to action sequences and comedic moments that make the over-bloated length a bit easier to digest.

I was quite the admirer of the original 2012 version. Equal weight was put to Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and everyone else. In Age of Ultron, for some reason, I spent about a third of the running time trying to convince myself that Thor was being played by Rosamund Pike with a beard – and then went on to try to twist my own arm in sleeping with the character if only for the story down the pub, at the behest of my sexuality.

Which then, I suppose tediously, led me to Act II when the main characters find themselves chillin’ out at Warhorse’s farm (or whatever he’s called). Large, gaping chasms of time thud and trip along as we endure everyone dialogue-counting their worth, as if each and every line was a clock-in-clock-out on a dollar timer. Seldom have I reached such levels of boredom. I then made a mental list, females excluded, of who I’d ‘do’ first – and why if my life depended on it. That’s right, it’s come to this.

Then there’s an even more bizarre turn where Mark Ruffalo, played by The Hulk, develops an interest in Scarlet Johanssen, played by The Black Window. Both characters are not a God like Thor, and neither are particularly interesting. But there was a part of me, I’m ashamed to say, that wanted The Scarlet Widow to really rile up the professor Banner just so he’d turn green and do her from behind. Both of them want it. Both them are in as much denial as each and every audience member secretly wanting to see Hulk destroy her from behind.

Then, there’s that final… aeon. Ultron, played by James Spader and Paul Bettany – a product of Robert Downey Jnr’s character fucking up an ambassador of peace – turns the entire affair into The Lawnmower Man III. There’s even a bit where the sunburned-to-fuck Ultravox looks like the crispy man from Event Horizon, and hovers and scans his own reflection in my the same way as the virutal reality beast played by Jeff Fahey did in the original Lawnmower Man.

Hell, at least that film had a sex scene in it. Age of Ultron chases its own tail into a moratorium of yawn, while the rest of us sit back and check our phones to see when this tedium will finally be over. Well done, Marvel – another home run.

 

Author: Andrew Mackay

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network. 

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Avengers: Age Of Ultron Reviewed

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Avengers: Age Of Ultron Reviewed

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Grosse Point Geek casts his geeky eye on the latest Marvel Release, Age Of Ultron. 
Director: Joss Whedon
Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanssen, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, James Spader

After the Avengers successfully retrieve Loki’s missing sceptre from the evil clutches of H.Y.D.R.A. Tony Stark (Downey Jr) and Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) secretly use its powers to create the Ultron program – an advanced AI defence system that, once operational, will  protect Earth from another Chitauri style hostile attack. Naturally the plan all goes pear shaped when the supposedly benign  Ultron (Spader) wakes up, gets himself a host robot body and decides that the only true path to peace is the wholesale destruction of humanity and our heroes along with it.

When the Avengers was released in 2012 no one (including me) could quite believe how utterly brilliant it turned out to be.  Well written, superbly directed , action packed, very funny in all the right places – so to say the least it did just about everything right.

So one would expect that any sequel featuring the original cast (plus a few additions) and a returning Joss Whedon to the directors chair would pretty much guarantee more of the same. Well – sort of.

Lets start with the positives. All of the cast are universally excellent  (in particular Hemsworth’s Thor and Bettany’s Vision) all making good use of a sharp script and obligatory snappy one liners. The action scenes are also very well handled  – specifically a cracking opening sequence that sees the entire team lay waste to a heavily guarded H.Y.D.R.A fortress and an awesome mid section dust up between Iron Man and a rampaging out of control Hulk. Finally Whedon’s direction is pretty much faultless and once again proves that he is one of the most exciting film makers working today.

However despite these good points and the fact that its head and shoulders above most films of its type – there were a number of issues that i had that cannot be ignored.

To begin with it simply isn’t as good or as fresh as the 2012 original  – which is a surprise considering the pedigree behind the camera and the fact that 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy were so damned awesome.  Not only that but even though Spader does very well as Ultron – he’s no Tom Hiddleston and as a result we have a gaping Loki sized hole in proceedings that is sorely missed throughout. The story is also achingly unoriginal (another kill all humans/destroy our heroes plot) that does little to further the universe that Marvel has flawlessly created thus far. There are also too many supporting characters and a couple of  shoehorned in nods to future films in the MCU  – most notably the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok  -seemed very tacked on and somewhat unnecessary.

My biggest complaint however was with the final climactic battle that sees the team going tooth and nail with Ultron and his robot army.

Now i love to see a good old fashioned scrap but disappointingly what we got here was way too similar to the original’s Battle of New York   – only very overblown, not as exciting and disappointingly showed that once again Marvel and Kevin Feige cant seem to end any of their recent films without a huge fight over a big city with thousands of innocents in peril –  (check out the finales of The Winter Soldier, Thor: Dark World and Guardians Of The Galaxy for further proof).

Now upon reading the above review you could get the impression that i didn’t care much for this film – which isn’t true -as despite numerous faults i did enjoy a great deal of it and will definitely be purchasing the Blu Ray. Without doubt Marvel still firmly rules the roost and with an upcoming slate that features Black Panther, Dr Strange and a two part 3rd Avengers film, the future is still looking very bright indeed. I just hope that they go back to focusing more on originality and better story telling than just merrily throwing in the kitchen sink and blowing things up – time will tell.

 


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Author: Will Strong 

Blog: All Things Film – Avengers Age Of Ultron Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Avengers Age Of Ultron Reviewed

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So the bigger, louder, more action packed sequel arrives in cinemas with a weight of expectation on it’s shoulders, a weight sadly even it’s great cast & solid director just can’t live up to. Even if it’s still likely to smash box office records globally…

Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a bad film BUT even I’m getting a bit bored of this formula now and in an age when Guardians and Winter Solider did it differently enough to stand out from the crowd, Ultron just seems a bit of a backward step delivering us action, humour and character beats we’ve seen countless times before.

Starting with some of the worst CGI I’ve seen in a long time, the film rattles along at a pace with action scene after action scene, adding more and more characters along the way. Problem is, like I noted above, we’ve seen it all before and, except for the Hulk vs Iron man bit, there was little that really got me excited – especially as the film ends in pretty much a repeat of Avengers Assembles impressive last 40 minutes (hordes of faceless bad guy getting pummelled by CGI Avengers). Yes the humour’s here once again, as is the stand out character interactions, but this time it feels more forced and whilst Ultron, the titular foe for this Avengers outing, is solid good creation voiced expertly by Spader, he lacks the charisma of say a Loki, as is always the way when it’s a purely CGI creation.

So for me this is one of the weaker Marvel films, not because it’s badly made, but because familiarity surely now is starting to breed contempt and with another 5 years of Superhero films in the works I just wonder what they can do different now to stop the inevitable decline of this genre of films.

 

Rating:

Author: Phil Hobden

 

To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you download the Filmsploitation podcast, part of the All Things Film network.