Film Review: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is the ultimate sequel

Logan King, Staff Writer

Three years ago, history was made when “The Avengers” hit theaters everywhere. Not only did “The Avengers” became the third highest grossing movie of all time, but it also wowed audiences with the concept of previously established superheroes teaming up for one major blockbuster film. Through his skills as a director and writer, Joss Whedon was able to make the superhero team work. Now, the film’s highly-anticipated sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is out in theaters, and it is awesome.

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) questions the Avengers’ ability to protect the world, he decides to design an artificial-intelligence system called Ultron (James Spader), with the task to protect the world. However, when Ultron goes rogue and decides to wipe out the human race permanently, it is up to the Avengers to stop Ultron and save the day. Along the way, the Avengers encounter new characters who could either be dangerous foes or valuable allies.

The film’s plot does justice for a superhero sequel. The film is able to capture the action, lightheartedness, and humor that is present in most of Marvel’s previous movies, while also able to add some drama throughout the film. Compared to Loki’s complex plan in the previous Avengers’ movie, Ultron’s master plan feels like it has more dire consequences.

It really is great to see all of the previous Avengers return for this sequel, as all the Avengers get to play a big part in this blockbuster. The film gives enough time to equally explore each of these heroes, whether its their backstories, their inner demons, or their future in the franchise. However, I am a bit iffy over the romantic subplot between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) that is present throughout the movie, as it can either be a hit or a miss to the audience.

Of all the returning characters, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is probably the most outstanding. Hawkeye previously spent most of his time as a mind-controlled minion in the first Avengers film, so it is great that Hawkeye’s role is expanded. The movie is able to explore the importance that Hawkeye has towards the Avengers and why he is such an awesome character.

This movie also introduces plenty of newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It may be considered difficult to properly introduce some new characters in a film that has Ironman, Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Fortunately, Joss Whedon is able to properly bring these characters into the film and have each newcomer being able to stand out on his or her own.

Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are welcome additions to Marvel’s ever-expanding film roster. While “Avengers” Age of Ultron’s” version of Quicksilver may have been outdone by the more fun adaptation of the speedster seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Taylor-Johnson still delivers a mix of a fun but somewhat serious and caring take of the character.

Then there is the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver’s twin sister, who wields a unique variety of telekinetic powers. She is a strong female character, who helps sets the plot in motion and also provides a dramatic impact for the Avengers. Scarlet Witch also goes through a lot of natural character development throughout the film and while being able to get into the action.

Later, the film also introduces an android called The Vision (Paul Bettany), and while The Vision does not get a lot of screen time, he gracefully makes the most of his little time and easily becomes the most memorable of the new additions.

Finally, there is the big bad robot himself, Ultron, who is a menacing villain. While he can be quite frightening, he can also be charismatic at times. Ultron is not just a hell-bent killing machine, but also a complex villain with many layers to him. James Spader does a great job playing the role of this intriguing villain in the film by bringing life into a lifeless machine. There are no strings on Ultron, as he proves to be a worthy adversary for the Avengers.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is an exciting blockbuster, full with action, hilarity, and both awesome old and new characters. Joss Whedon took on the difficult and stressful job to make a worthy successor to the first Avengers movie and fortunately his work pays off. This coming weekend, meet your friends at the theaters and watch some super-fun entertainment.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
Our Grade: A
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Superheroes
Length: 141 minutes
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner