What makes the avengers franchise so special is its level of coolness that shows in every frame making you whistle and clap for the heroics of the central superheroes. With the second part of the segment Avengers Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon successfully adds a dark tone to the enterprise and there is no compromise in the level of cool conversations these guys do on screen. Unlike the first part I found it very positive that the screenplay allocated a lot for each superhero, thus making it more of a combined effort.
The movie begins with the Avengers trying to get back that scepter of Loki from a hydra outpost. After a kind of successful operation, Stark’s thoughts on Artificial Intelligence with the help of the sceptre ends up in the creation of a robot which he calls Ultron. Lack of planning emerges in the creation of a monster who interestingly thinks in a peculiar way about making earth a better place. The peculiarity is not an appealing one and so the mission of Avengers becomes stopping the mission of Ultron and that’s what the movie all about (Promise you that there is more when you watch the movie. This is the best way I know to summarize.)
Where Joss Whedon has won unanimously is in packaging the entertainer. In the first minute of the movie itself you get to see all our heroes in one single frame and fighting. That’s what you call a kickass start to an expected bonanza. And on regular intervals of time there are stunning set pieces comprising of all the super dudes to give us hell a lot of entertainment. Like Mr. Whedon said during the pre production stages, this time we get to see a more personal side of the super heroes. The good thing about it was that we could see more characters from the other movies (solos of each of them) and of course more about the personal side of Romanoff, Bruce Banner and Barton. The way they unveiled the mystery of Hawkeye was really in sync with the narration and also making things more emotional and personal for each of them. May be because of the fact that collateral damage has been creating headache for the viewers (Thanks to Michel Bay), Whedon has opted for a less disastrous and more of a fresh way of destructing the world.
On the acting part it isn’t that challenging for the actors as most of the work is in the physical side which will be either CG or stunt doubles. But still they do have close up sequences. Robert Downy Jr. as usual kept his coolness in portraying Tony Stark. Chris Evans has the grace of a leader. Mark Ruffalo conceives the conflicted Dr. Banner nicely. Chris Hemsworth was nice as Thor. Whedon’s new story offered some more space for Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner and both did it very nicely. The new comers Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen were also good in their characters. Even if it is for a few minutes, it is always a pleasure to see Samuel L Jackson.
As I said Joss Whedon knows how to construct the story keeping in mind the expectation of the audience. Containing all these characters in one story and giving importance is a tough task. He has not only accomplished that, the conflict zone he created for the movie also had some interesting layers giving importance to perspectives of the characters. As always, the dialogues are hilarious. Cinematography was nice. A grand round of applauds to the entire VFX team and a special round of applauds to the brains behind some of those stunning one shot sequences where we see the Avengers fighting it out furiously in ultra slow motion. The background score was also really good and the edits kept the movie racy.
Avengers Age of Ultron is one superb entertainer that won’t disappoint you for sure. The rating for the Hollywood mammoth is 4/5. Go for it for a fun filled two and a half hours. More than the post credit scenes make sure you don’t miss the beginning of the movie.
Avengers Age of Ultron is one superb entertainer that won’t disappoint you for sure. Go for it!
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended