Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review
By Nina Syahira
April 29, 2015
Director Joss Whedon continues to take on the reins of one of the most anticipated films of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The powerhouse cast also returns: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). Fans will also be happy to see cameo appearances by Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Selvig from the Thor movies) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).
Thor, Iron Man & Captain America
After the collapse of SHIELD, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) designs a new program called Ultron to uphold global security. Something goes horribly wrong when the sentient Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) takes on a life of its own. Ultron, voiced by James Spader, believes that mankind is destroying the Earth, so in order to save it, he needs to wipe out all humans. Now, the Avengers have to protect the world from the sentient A.I. villain and his robot drone army.
The Maximoff twins, Pietro and Wanda
Also new to the Avengers movie are the Maximoff twins, the mutants Ultron recruits in his destructive mission. Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is known as Quicksilver due to his superhuman speed while Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen), aka the Scarlet Witch, uses mind manipulation and can shoot out energy blasts at will.
What we like
One of the coolest main cast introductions in a movie
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1. Impressive cinematography
The film opens right in the middle of battle in Sokovia during a raid at a HYDRA outpost. With massive explosions and gunfire everywhere in the background, our heroes make their intro by running across the screen in sleek formation for one very cool slow-mo introductory group shot.
And that’s just the beginning. The cinematography remains strong throughout the film, thanks to Ben Davis, who also did Kick-Ass and Guardians of the Galaxy. Another cool scene is when a large part of a city gets lifted into the sky, with civilians hanging precariously off the edge.
Hawkeye in the middle of an active battlefield
2. Best character development goes to Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye
It’s not a superhero film if there isn’t a world to save. But what makes this different is how Whedon emphasizes the strength of humanity through the character of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner).
Warning: Spoiler alert!
Amongst the Avengers, Barton is probably one of the few characters with no superhuman strength or ability, but has the most character development in the movie. Barton is further humanized when he says the reason he continues to take on his high-risk role as part of the Avengers is because “it’s his job”. When the Avengers collide with Ultron and the Maximoff twins, Wanda attacks them with haunting visions, targeting their worst fears. This immediately weakens the Avengers for a while, except for Barton, whose quick-thinking moves save him from the Scarlet Witch’s spell. He eventually becomes the strong one to guide the team during recovery. This is a huge step-up for Barton, giving him a more solid character presence in this second installment of the Avengers franchise.
Tony Stark examining an early version of Ultron
3. Ultron vs Stark
This film is essentially an epic showdown between creator (Stark) and machine (Ultron). Ultron, blinded by his mission, doesn’t hesitate to purge mankind from Earth. But he’s not the only one who’s seduced by the idea of having power and control of the future.
Psst! A little spoiler ahead!
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In his urgency to build a global suit of armour to boost Earth’s defenses, Stark crossed the line separating power for good and greed. He may have sincere intentions with his Ultron programme but to secretly use the A.I. found in Loki’s sceptre to power it is proof that he’s succumbed to the temptation of power.
And with that, down goes Stark and the rest of the Avengers as Ultron rises. If you think this rivalry looks awesome in the trailer, get ready because the movie doesn’t disappoint!
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