Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Dir: Joss Whedon
I’m writing this after spending the whole day in the cinema, as the way to see this movie before everyone else was part of a 9-movie marathon that started at midnight with fantastic franchise opener ‘Iron Man’, moving through ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Avengers (Assemble)’, ‘Iron Man 3‘, ‘Thor 2: The Dark World’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘, and then finishing with ‘Age of Ultron’ a few hours before the regular midnight screenings.
As you can rightly assume from that, and my regular superhero reviews, I am a huge fan of this genre of movies, and so there are only two things that could really happen here, 1) I’ll love it, or 2) I’ll be sadly disappointed…
PHEW! Joss Whedon has done it again! After making the 3rd biggest-grossing movie of all time that beautifully brought together all these characters, the question here was ‘how can he top ‘The Avengers?’. Rather than trying to just go bigger, he goes deeper, really getting to grips with all the complex personalities that form the ensemble. Somehow it still manages to go bigger too, something I can confidently say as I saw ‘Avengers Assemble’ just a few hours earlier, though this time, when the action abates somewhat the pace remains unrelenting by taking the slower moments to go deeper and pile on the emotional impact.
One of the best things is how the ‘lesser’ heroes, those who haven’t had their own films (yet) here get bigger roles and more lines, with Whedon yet again demonstrating his superb ability to balance an ensemble cast perfectly so that all characters have their proper share and a meaningful role. Characters that have before been hard to get to love, and ones we are newly introduced to, by the end are as integral as Iron Man who started the whole initiative.
I can’t quite begin to explain how wonderful this movie really is, and for anyone who has enjoyed this genre or just action and sci-fi films it is ABSOLUTELY worth a watch. I loved it and can hardly wait to go see it again, the only reason I’m not currently in the queue for the first midnight screening is that I’ve been awake for nearly 40 hours and need to sleep! If you are reading this and can get to a cinema just go, now, stop reading my wonderfully informative blog and go enjoy one of the best films you will likely have ever seen!