Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

One of the most anticipated films of all-time, one of the biggest budgets of all-time and one of the most talked about casts of all-time. Did Avengers: Age of Ultron live up to the hype?

I watched this on Sunday so it’s been a week but the things Age of Ultron offers are lasting. Similar to a first impression that can’t be detached from your memory, Age of Ultron gives you a strong uppercut right out of the gates. Whedon holds no punches. The action is almost paralyzing given the amount of intensity and wonder filling these shots. The cinematography and Whedon’s tracking shots lead us by the hand through the battlefield and debris like a parent does a child crossing the street. The visual effects compliment the stunt choreography and the pounding of machines never gets old.

Yet people continue to criticize Whedon’s work, including ultra feminists harassing him on Twitter. The continued but unreasonable argument that “I don’t like it because it’s not like the comics” is for some reason still a thing.

The last time a superhero was modified in a movie and people didn’t lose their minds was Spider-Man in 2002. In 2012, Whedon practically slapped these people right in the face when Mark Ruffalo turned to the Avengers and said, “I’m always angry”, turned into the Hulk and smashed an alien ship in the face. You know what happened? Absolutely nothing. People loved it. Plenty of my friends said it was their favorite part aside from Hulk swinging and bashing Loki like a kid’s toy.

People loved it because it was something they had not seen before. It was creative. I respect anyone who has a comic book obsession, but I have a serious problem with people defaming a film because it didn’t fit prior material. If there was one word to describe the film industry, creativity would be towards the top. That is what keeps people going. If no one made original ideas, what would the point be? What freedom exists in a monotonous, austere replication of past work? Yet these same people, after harassing Whedon for making his own creation, will then throw other films under the bus for being replicas of past ones, an utter double standard demonstrated by hypocrites.

Age of Ultron had the second-biggest opening day in history ($84.5 million), the second-biggest domestic opening weekend ($187.7 million) and has pulled in an estimated $627 million worldwide in 12 days. Apparently none of that matters. Somehow Whedon haters manage to forget that The Avengers presented people with something they’d never seen before: a megafilm. Somehow they forget all of the success Whedon has had both financially and critically.

Basically, what I’m getting at is that no matter what Whedon does, everyone isn’t going to be happy. Comic book nerds will outrage because of their shortsightedness and feminists feel the need to open their mouths about almost anything, but the truth is the truth and nothing will change that. That truth is that Whedon is underappreciated and is a gift to Hollywood. It’s a shame that so many people, both stupid and smart, haven’t recognized his talents.

If you don’t like Avengers: Age of Ultron, you’re probably one of these people and I pity you, I really do, because you’re unable to see the true brilliance of Joss Whedon and man, is it beautiful.

Robert Downey, Jr. leads the pack with Chris Evans right behind. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen were not bad casts, but there is room for improvement in both their roles and their acting fortes. They have some potential that hasn’t been brewed yet. Johansson and Renner are given the opportunity to shine as Black Widow and Hawkeye develop into story drivers.

There’s more impact in Age of Ultron. The Avengers lighthearted nature limited the depth the story could reach. Age of Ultron‘s nature at times mirrors Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Whedon knows when to tap the breaks and give us a laugh. The comedy in Age of Ultron far outreaches its predecessor, hanging right up there with Guardians of the Galaxy.

I think the reason I find myself lost for words is because Age of Ultron was really that good. The visual effects were killer, the scripting was much improved. I don’t know what to say.

Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.  

90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (The AvengersThe BabadookInterstellarChappieAmerican Beauty)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Cable GuyThe Cabin in the WoodsTears of the SunEdge of TomorrowThe Amazing Spider-Man 2)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (EquilibriumDead Snow: Red vs. DeadSnowpiercerThe FamilyWhen the Game Stands Tall)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Black SheepTwistedParkerHouse at the End of the StreetThe Raven)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (BlitzThe PunisherDrive HardRun All NightRage)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (CrankErasedI, FrankensteinThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30′s ironically define the 1930′s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (CenturionPlanet of the ApesStonadosRedemptionPride and Prejudice)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The ColonyIn the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege TaleThe GreyX-Men: Days of Future PastThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (OutcastSabotageGallowwalkersTucker & Dale vs. EvilSafe)

My score for Avengers: Age of Ultron: 95.

This isn’t a good review and I’m sorry but let me sum it up like this: Avengers: Age of Ultron is a boss film. It’s the pump that runs our heart, the blood that runs through our flesh, the bones that comprise our body. It’s that type of awesomeness. If living was watching Avengers: Age of Ultron on loop, I wouldn’t be upset. I’d be thrilled and you would be, too.

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4 thoughts on “Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

  1. lukebbtt says:

    The Whedon abuse has really annoyed me. I don’t even really understand it. Is it because of the whole Widow falling in love with Banner storyline? Because I thought there was something rather touching about her being the only one who could control the Hulk and she kind of fell in love with him through that. The romance was natural and the character developed nicely. However, I guess when people aren’t given exactly what they want (even if getting exactly what you want from a film is almost always boring), they riot.

    Great review.

    • Not really a review so much as a #RespectDaWhedon rant, but I appreciate the support. Been reading Age of Ultron reviews from our blogging compatriots and they seemed disappointed, especially Tim’s Film Reviews. Unsure what they wanted.

      • lukebbtt says:

        Oh, don’t get me wrong, I was a little unsatisfied. It was a bit too ‘loud fight scenes’ for me and there was a little too much going on. The first movie is easily the superior. But it was a smooth ride, full of fun and James Spader was excellent.

      • I thought this was better because the characters were developed at the beginning rather than introduced like in the prior film. Action was bigger for sure.

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