Yes, it must be May, time for a movie. While I do sometimes see movies at other times when I can afford a few spare bucks for a ticket, May is always when they start whipping out the summer blockbusters. This evening I caught “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. This was definitely a “connector” type of sequel, the kind that isn’t quite as good as the first but you know it leads up to better things to come in future installments. This by no means is saying it was a bad movie, I did have higher hopes though. Then again previews are often meant to build up anticipation. I would still recommend seeing this to any Marvel movie fan.
Without giving too much away, the film opens with a great action sequence giving us a taste of the awesome special effects to come later on as well as introducing us once again to each of the main characters as they infiltrate a Hydra base to retrieve Loki’s sceptre which, if you’ve been keeping track, is a most powerful item not to be left in the hands of mere humans for reasons to be revealed. Afterwards, back at the Avengers headquarters, Tony Stark reveals plans for a peacekeeping program. Of course this is where things go wonky, Ultron (voiced by James Spader) is born and develops his own ideas on how to bring peace to the world and the Avengers must stop him.
In my opinion, the villain wasn’t villainy enough. Sure he was comic book cocky and sure of himself, but I think he could have been just a bit more evil. The villainous sarcasm was great. The Hulk/Black Widow dynamic…MEH! It is a bit fast paced but there is more action (again, well done on acting and special effects), but not as much substance or story as I think there could have been but still great fun to watch. Yeah, as you can see, I’m kinda mixed on my feelings about the movie but mostly favorable. 7.5 out of 10 on this one.