When you have a film as massive as Avengers: Age of Ultron, finding the words to contain and explain it’s content is a bit confusing. On the one hand, it’s an exciting, fun and an adventure filled movie that meets every expectation that a summer blockbuster should warrant. On the other hand, it is sort of like Disneyland, where you know where you wanna go, but without a map, you’re gonna get lost among all the fun characters and stories along the way.
In Age of Ultron, we find our heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) heading to take down one of Hydra’s secret headquarters led by Strucker. While there, they kick some butt (as superheroes are want to do) and recover Loki’s scepter but miss Hydra’s newly made secret weapons, “the twins” Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who give the heroes a run for their money.
Back at Avengers Headquarters (formerly the Stark Building), Tony and Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk’s alterego) start to dig into creating a super A.I named “Ultron” (voiced by James Spader), who Tony hopes will become the ultimate peacekeeper of the world. They hide their experiment from the rest of the team, and then things go radically wrong. When Tony’s A.I. assistant JARVIS attempts to help Ultron get acquinted to Earth life, Ultron turns, attempts to kill JARVIS and becomes a manace who believes that Earth’s only chance of survival is human extinction. He destroys every file the Avengers have and they are not safe anywhere as Ultron ultimately can use every computer in the world to find and destroy them. Hawkeye though, has a perfect safe house where they retreat to and try to figure out how to destroy Ultron and in turn, save the world…again.
There are many epic battle scenes in Ultron, and worth every single penny spent on making them. There’s a reason Disney/Marvel are the superhero film leaders and Age of Ultron definitely solidifies that. Joss Whedon’s script is both witty and will appeal to audiences of all ages. But it’s in the making everything super…so…super that it becomes a little too big and confusing. I guess it’s kinda damned if you do, damned if you don’t right? I will say that by the end, you definitely feel that the Universe is evolving and it readies you for the next chapter to come from the Marvel franchise, as well as Whedon’s departure from it. Also, to note, Renner’s Hawkeye truly gets to shine in this film. You see more levels to him (and hear him speak too) than in any previous film and his story is as interesting as a non-superpower wielding hero can have.
Also, coming from the creator of such power women stories like Buffy and Dollhouse, I expected a little more from Whedon’s Widow and Witch characters. They definitely have their shining moments, but I felt in the end their vulnerabilities (in both cases, their hearts), kinda took away from their bad assery, which is a bit disappointing to us parents who want to take their girls to see some kick ass super women. I hope to see more of this as we move further into the franchise.
All in all, it it’s a fun, adventure with all the right battles and entertaining for the whole family to watch. It’s a great lead in to what future Marvel films will become and just the type of movie you’re going to want to watch on the big screen.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1 and is rated PG-13.