Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson. Released by Disney/Marvel Studios. Budget: $250 million.
The first Avengers was heralded as a miracle of an achievement – considering that it was an action movie incorporating half a dozen main protagonists and yet still presented a compelling story and strong character development. And from the trailers, Avengers: Age of Ultron seemed like it would also continue employing this formula.
However, there were a few glaring issues:
- [Spooler Alert] The biggest problem was the complete waste of Quicksilver – as a character and actor. Granted Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s portrayal of Quicksilver was horrendous (including the atrocious Russian accent) – but throwing away Quicksilver (one of the best and most capable Avengers) to save Hawkeye was a poor trade-off.
- Sub-par acting by Scarlett Witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen – with another ridiculous Russian accent.
- Too much forced comic relief during the battle scenes. In small doses, its provides a much needed break between action. However, in too much quantity and with forced intent, it lags the battle scenes and becomes mindless chatter.
- I hated the fact that the Vision had irises in his eyes. In almost every comic and cartoon representation, the Vision has no irises in his eyes. It adds an aura of mystery and coolness that the movie version made too human (he’s supposed to be an android by the way).
- The Clint Barton/Hawkeye backstory was nice but dragged pace of the movie down.
Things were great about the movie:
- Opening fight scene was done very well and provided excellent exposition for the rest of the film. It also tied in the Marvel: Agents of Shield TV show – which I found was annoying – but from a franchise point of view, provides great marketing.
- Ending fight scene with the Ultron drones was very good – but needed more of it.
- Introducing the Vision to the series was well done. Unfortunately, the tie-in with Ant Man seems to be spoiled at this point.
Definitely fun to watch but drags at times. And the complete throw-away of certain characters wasted the potential of the movie to truly be epic.
Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.