By: Chris Gray
After what seems like decades, the Avengers sequel has finally arrived! The hype engine that was created ran with full force, from clips to trailers and even more clips, giving us more to love and even more drive to see the movie in the making. Disney and Marvel have also been doing a great job with the marketing of Avengers 2 movie. I have seen all kinds of shirts, hats, toys and even digital products. Some of the items have even been called Vision Vs Ultron. So with all the advertising one must ask; does this movie live up to all the hype?
This movie hits fast and hard right out of the gate, the opening action is fast paced, getting your heart racing and your excitement levels up. We start with a big fight scene showing off all the Avengers you know and love working together in their fun and quirky ways. You can tell and feel just how much they have grown and changed as a team and they even joke with each other like a family.
We are also introduced to some new characters in this movie, and if you are a comic book fan, you might are already have an idea as to who they are. Now, I will not be going over all of them because I don't wanna spoil anything for those who have yet to see the film. One new character I do want to mention is the starring villain of the movie, Ultron. This villain has to be one of my favorites to have hit the big screen. Voiced by James Spader, this character felt powerful, intelligent and menacing. Though this android looking villain was one badass robot, he also possessed feelings and emotions which rounded out his villainous nature, therefore making him an epic force to be reckoned with. All in all, James Spader ultimately made the character what it was, and without him I feel that the character would not have made such a resonating impact.
As the story unfolds and we learn what is truly going on, there where times in this film where I thought to myself “What is going on?" and "Where are we?” There were also scenes where I zoned out simply for the lack of interest. Though this did not happen many times within the movie, it still stands as a point to note. We did get to see some interesting background information on a character who we knew little about origin wise. There is also a great moral dilemma that seems to be the reasoning behind the main plot. The story touches on some great hero-like decisions for all our main characters and our newest additions. I felt the story had good cohesion, made sense, stayed on point and got us to a great finish line full of not only action but character as well.
There were a few things I noticed that are worth mentioning. The movie was not as dark as I originally thought it was going to be; the trailers gave a distinct feeling that things going to get very bad, but I didn't really feel this "dark nature". It did not take away from the movie at all, it was just an interesting turn in tone.
Now of course, the world is in peril after all or else why call in the Avengers. Like the first Avengers, the movie did have some fun humor that made you laugh, but did not make it feel silly or lame. The ending was very good and birthed some interesting spinoff possibilities if Marvel takes the right moves. Marvel has been pumping out great movies lately, and Age of Ultron is no exception. One thing I can say is that you definitely need to stay for the ending credits for they are worth their weight in Infinity Stones!
Avengers Age of Ultron is a must see, even if your are not a avid Nerd. I give this movie 8 pocket protectors out of 10, Avengers Assemble!