Avengers: Age of Ultron: Movie Review

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" without saying much feels like an end to an era. Would we say it to be the best film yet from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Definitely not. But what it is, as obligatory as it may be, is a fitting tribute to past successes and a solid jump off point to what's coming in next from this humongous film series.

When Tony Stark tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is a massive film. Even with its long running time of two and a half hours feels lacking. There's just too many characters that need on-screen time that scenes feel rushed. We never got to know each one intimately in fact, especially the interesting new ones like the Maximoff twins. It was also surprising that a love story was brewing between the Black Widow and the Hulk - which completely caught us off guard. Where did that come from anyway? Definitely, more could have been done to add to the film's emotional pull. But at least the action scenes were superbly stellar and definitely up there against other superhero films. Additionally, Ultron as a villain was simply sick - a complete tease throughout the film. Overall, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has less impact than its predecessors but it still does a lot of great things to make it worth the effort.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- Ultron as a villain was simply sick
- action sequences are completely mind-blowing

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- story feels lacking
- the film lacks that emotional pull

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