May 1, 2015

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review – Sometimes You Just Want To See Things Blow Up


 Age of Ultron ReviewImage Courtesy: Marvel Studios

Guest Post by CycleGuy who attended the screening as a member of the press! 

Hi There!, My lovely wife has decided to let ME talk about The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Sara asked me if I would be interested in attending the screening and was really surprised when I told her yes.  We’ve been married over 20 years and she knows that before all the movies or TV shows I watched as a kid,  I was a comic book boy.  You know, the one that would go to the grocery store with his mom (in the ’70s) and run to see what comic books were in the magazine aisle and actually read a few before she screamed at me for once again just being a boy.

My favorite Marvel comic was Thor. How could you not like a dude with a magic hammer!  I actually had over 20 Thor comics, a few Captain America and, of course, some Black Widow comics (because she was totally my type at that age, “tragically dark”).  I would still have those comic books but my mother threw them away when we moved in 10th grade. No, I’m still bitter. OK, yes I am!

But I digress.  The Avengers: Age of Ultron  is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers  and has been eagerly awaited by fans who love this series.   This movie features Captain America (Chris Evans), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and, of course, Ultron (voiced by James Spader).  For fans of the series it does not disappoint.  Staying true to all of the characters’ stories this movie is non-stop action from the first frame.

But what about those of us who’ve only seen a few of the movies?   Although the Marvel franchise has made $7.1 Billion since 2008, some of us have not been able to watch every single installment.  I would say The Avengers: Age of Ultron  can stand on its own as a movie.  It is a complete roller coaster of action for the audience. The plot is what you expect from a Joss Whedon movie.

It’s not just about good versus evil, it’s about shades of gray which makes the character interplay interesting and thoughtful.   It actually tackles the topic of artificial intelligence and preys on one of humanities greatest fear, the Hal 9000 fear! It also introduced two new characters, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) with super-human abilities that offer some great twists in the movie.

But let’s be clear: Yes, the world has to be saved from an evil plot and the antagonist is scary and maniacal.  Also Tony Stark is arrogant, Thor is still incredibly handsome, Hulk is still conflicted, Captain America wants to go home, Black Widow IS still tragically dark and Hawkeye is the everyman.  The action is over-the-top with guns blazing, shields flying, hammers pounding, arrows exploding, and robots getting destroyed.  But man, it is very cool how they blow stuff up, destroy buildings, and crush cars — all while trying to make sure innocents do not get hurt. If you want to suspend reality for a few hours and enjoy a good comic book with some popcorn and an Icee, this is for you!

I would not suggest it for kids under 8 or 10 depending on a kid’s sensitivity.  But I would suggest it to fans of the series and to people like me who love a good comic book story. It was a fun way to spend 2 hours!

This might help you get in the mood to go see the movie.

Opens in the US May 1, 2015
Rated PG-13
Run Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes


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