We had been on Wednesday for the screening of the Avengers : Age of Ultron at the Reel Cinemas at The Beach in JBR.
The Avengers are back again and deliver bombastic Action fireworks. In this movie review we will highlight the old and new characters, go on to the villain Ultron and the overall more dark atmosphere of the film. Joss Whedon in any case succeeded in delivering a highlight of with this movie.
The title for the best and most successful blockbusters of the year will probably be within the Disney studios itself. Marvel with Joss Whedon and the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron have now already hung the bar damn high, so that Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams will have to work hard to top it with their end of year release of Star Wars: Episode 7. Once again cult director Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly) supplies us with the latest Avengers movie the highlight and grand finale in the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Unlike in the first part this time Joss Whedon loses no time with the introduction of the individual figures. The various individual films and the first Avengers movie should have made Iron Man, Captain America and Co. well known enough to the fans . Instead, the movie starts directly with a striking attack of the heroes force on the basis of Hydra leader Baron Strucker which was already in the post-credit scene of Captain America 2:The Winter Soldier shortly visible. Since than Strucker was as the great nemesis. He was known mainly through the TV series Marvel’s Agents of Shield as the head of the Hydra-threat, there however without being visible at all.
According disappointing is the rather unspectacular end of Hydra and the rule of Struckers over the organization. Here potential was sadly given away. The Battle of the mountain fortress of Hydra however drops favor on the more spectacular. Hydra moves to numerous cannon fodder, so that the heros can put their skills to the test. Overall Avengers 2 is much more action-packed than the predecessor. Joss Whedon nevertheless manages it to prevent the slip to a pointless and insignificant action orgy. The staging is always well done and meaningful, but also dramatic and even humorous.
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Between the lines and in the very few quiet moments, however it was possible to develop the characters a bit further. In the center here are mainly Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hulk , which could not shine with their own solo movies so far. Especially about Clint “Hawkeye” Barton we are learning now much better than after he had to serve primarily as a puppet of Loki in the first Avengers movie. Natasha and Bruce have built up their relationship since their first meeting, and so Black Widow is even allowed to control the Hulk at least partially, not to forget about the romantic tension between them two.
Additional to the well-known team the Avengers got also expanded with interesting characters. Talking her of the twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, better known as Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. Comic fans could be disturbed, that due to lack of privileges on X-Men universe, the back-story of the siblings had to be changed. Actually children of Magneto, the two are shown in the film as orphans who maintain their skills by tesseract-experiments of Strucker who Pietro and Wanda have voluntarily supported. Driven by revenge, revenge on Tony Stark, whose weapons wiped out their family as we come to know.
Especially Scarlett Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, makes a strong impression. She fluctuates between her vindictiveness, doubts and also disclosed vulnerable sides of her. Her brother, however, remains rather pale in the whole movie. Accordingly I was touched only by his fate. A powerful new ally of the Avengers is the artificial nature of The Vision, which Tony has equipped with parts of his AI Jarvis. With his tranquil nature Paul Bettany , who has also already spoken the voice of Jarvis, and thus represents a counterpart to Ultron, makes a really positive impression. While the opponent of the Avengers is “only” a machine he is still one of the better enemies in the Marcel Comic Universe.
The charisma of Ultron created by a superlative performance of James Spader, who impressively breathes life to AI with his voice. As a creation of Tony Stark Ultron is torn between his actual target and its radical nature. He should be created to protect humanity and improve it, for Ultron this objective can be achieved only by the total destruction of humanity. However, Ultron is not only the ice-cold killer Machine, Joss Whedon manages the robot also with a sense of humor and vanity, which is plagued by internal contradictions.
Also in Avengers 2 Humor is not coming too short, but this time it is used more mindful. This is mainly due to the rather dark mood of the film, which makes a little more seriousness necessary. This mood is also underlined by the sets used. The dusty mountain fortress of Strucker, an old derelict Eastern European city, a beach full of scrapped ships, all places with more dark colors that have nothing to do with the glossy sets of the first Avengers movie.
In some scenes one notes that the movie was actually much longer and was cut for the cinema on a more tolerable length of almost two and a half hours. There is for example the scene with Thor and Selvig on this mysterious spring that goes completely without explanation off the stage. The significance of this scene therefore fails to reveal itself to the viewer. The encounter with the mysterious woman from the trailer for example was as well cut from the final film which might as well had an explanation of the spring scene.
In addition to the well-known heroes,the new additions and opponent Ultron there are numerous guest appearances from the Marvel Comic Universe known figures. Whether WarMachine, Falcon, Maria Hill, Peggy Carter or Heimdall, they all get in one way or another their brief appearances. Nick Fury also emerged from his exile and again engages his Avengers Initiative with help. This should get interesting in regards to the eventual impact on the Agents of Shield TV series. Besides the fact that the Avengers have saved once again the world The Avengers 2 lays as well foundations for the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers show their different critical views to each other several times in the Avenger 2 and thus give a foretaste of the Civil War in Captain America 3. Thor indicated Ragnarök. With the meeting with the arms dealer Klaw in Wakanda the film is referring to the upcoming Black Panther Movie. And of course everything in the Avengers gears towards the grand finale in the Infinity War miniseries where they will have to deal with Thanos in the battle for the legendary Infinity Stones. The compilation of the Avengers has changed for good as well. While some of the known heroes have to face their challenges in their upcoming solo adventures other heroes rise to the front in order to protect the world on behalf of the Avengers.
Verdict: Joss Whedon unsurprisingly succeeds again to tame an ensemble of superheroes and let them save the world in a bombastic staging. I particularly liked the very own problems and drivers of each character together with the tensions between each other. The signs of the upcoming civil war between the superheroes, which had already been indicated in Agents of Shield, is continued in here. With few exceptions (Pietro), the integration of the new characters succeeded. Wanda could be the new mighty power in addition to all the soldiers among the Avengers once she unfolds her full potential. Ultron was outstanding as a villain who surprised especially with his own joke. For me Marvel has delivered with the Avengers: Age of Ultron my most probably personal film of the year. Unless Star Wars is way better than I expect.
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