A Worthy Sequel | Review of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Avengers are back in this new sequel, facing a villain of one of their own creation: Ultron, created by Ironman to be the ultimate protection. But when Ultron comes to life, he becomes their doom, a monster that will achieve peace by all means possible.

This action packed sequel brings the team together again and introduces other main characters in the Marvel universe: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver & Vision.

Now, while the casting was well done, one of the best parts of the film was Ultron himself, voiced by James Spader. His voice was one of the best decisions behind this film, It was absolutely perfect. Spader’s voice is one of those voices that is just filled with charisma and attraction. It’s smooth and captivating and remains that way throughout the film. He (Spader) executes each line of his was absolutely perfect. There is no other way to say it, and not enough ways to express it.

As for the new additions to the film, each one had the right chemistry with one another and played their parts well. While there is some controversy about Elizabeth Olsen playing Scarlet Witch considering what she really looks like outside of the film, but within the film, she fit the bill. She captured the dark essence of the character, and the strength behind her character. She had the chemistry with Aaron Taylor-Johnson who was a brilliant Quicksilver. Johnson was able to make the character his own and differentiate this version from the X-Men version. Both of them were brilliant in their parts, in their portrayal of their parts with one another and their ability to achieve the perfect chemistry with one another and make it look effortless.

While the casting, as stated above, was amazing, the story, while solid, seemed a little too long. It was still a good film, and much like with the first Avengers film, everything moves with a bam after bam, keeping the story moving fast to keep the audience entertained. Marvel studios also does this great thing with their superhero films: they don’t lose the humor. Even when everything looks dark, when everything is serious, the film is still filled with these comedic moments that tie the characters together and tie the film to the characters. They also don’t sacrifice story for the action. This may be a superhero film, this may be an action film, but there is a story to make this more than just a film with explosions and punching and special effects.

The real fault, potential fault lies within the length, but there doesn’t appear to be any way around that. With the way the story develops and the characters develop, the length is excusable but during some of those long drama, actionless scenes, some audience members may be drawn to look at their watches. But it was still a good movie and a great sequel to the Avengers franchise. (★★ ½ [out of 4 ‘s] | B+)

– Film Credits –

Directed by Joss Whedon

Written by Joss Whedon

Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader & Samuel L. Jackson

Genre | Rating | Length: Action, Science fiction, Adventure | PG-13 | 2 hr. 21 min.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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