Avengers: Age of Ultron – A Great Film But Slightly Disappointing

A star-studded sequel to the original film, Avengers: Age of Ultron is full of humour, drama and an ending that makes for conversation.

Director: Joss Whedon

Writers Joss Whedon

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth

Certificate: 12A

Audiences can be expected to see familiar faces of the characters that we have grown to love including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk.

Any fans of the first film will no doubt enjoy this sequel. The banter between Iron Man, Thor and Captain America caused eruption of laughter throughout the cinema.

Avengers: Age of Ultron sees the introduction of two new characters, Quiksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

These two unique superheroes bring a whole new element to the Avengers franchise and bring a range of powers that makes it feel sort of X-Men. Whether that’s good or bad, you can decide.

Also, these two characters have a developed storyline throughout the sequel but the narrative, like most superhero films, was quite predictable.

As most of the Avengers characters have their own separate film franchises, the other characters finally managed to get their story developed throughout this narrative.

Hawkeye and Black Widow (plus the two new characters) had more character development than the first Avengers.

My own personal preference would have to class the first Avengers film as the favourite of the two. There was a perfect combination of action and narrative building.

However, in the sequel, I couldn’t help but feel there was far more talking with minimal action.

This is, by no means, saying that the film didn’t have great action-packed scenes but it seemed to lack any real fight scenes except for the beginning and ending of it.

Another thing to mention is why Ultron was actually a villain. It was not explained in great detail (unless I completely missed that part) but nevertheless there were exciting parts and it was more jumpy than before.

This is another reason why my preference lies with Avengers Assemble as there was more structure and reasoning behind the events that happened in the first one.

I would suggest that watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3 would fill in any blank spaces between the two Avengers films.

The use of different Iron Man suits was an added extra to the film. Watching the battle between Hulk and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster suit was an exceptional cinematic experience.

As the Marvel franchise has been purchased by Disney, it didn’t stop them using a Disney reference.

Everyone who saw any trailer for this film will see the Pinocchio reference ‘There are no strings on me’ and it developed throughout.

Whether you enjoy or despise this link is completely up to you, I personally think it works and added an extra level to the film and appealed to the younger generation.

As well, throughout the film, an unusual and quite strange romantic relationship between two of the characters emerges and whether or not this romance will continue we can only wait and see.

Marvel are renowned for having a short preview that hints to the next film and Age of Ultron does not fail to follow the same pattern so don’t leave the cinema too early.

Age of Ultron was one of the most anticipated films of year and maybe there was a bit too much pressure for it to be better than the first.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a good film and I thoroughly enjoyed it but couldn’t help but feel that it should be better than the original and it failed.

What is next in store for the Avengers franchise? This is put into question.

With a third and fourth Avengers film already mapped out for the near future, the ending of this one puts a lot of questions to mind.

I won’t reveal any spoilers but all I can say is I hope they follow in the same direction as these first two.


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