Directed By: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Sullywood Rating: 6.5/10
While I enjoy the Marvel Universe movies, I also feel so let down with half of them. Half of the films are fantastic, while the other half are fillers in my eyes. The first Avengers was fantastic, start to finish. The second however, falls into that “filler” category I’m afraid.
Avengers: Age of Ultron felt like we were looking in on our heroes to see what they were up to in this particular moment, and they just so happened to unleash a self-aware computer system that thinks like a human. While I love James Spader, I was skeptical from the moment I learned a robot was going to be the villain of this film.
I will take it to the grave that while we love our heroes, we equally or sometimes more (looking at you Heath Ledger’s Joker) love the villain. A robot or “program” just didn’t bring the threat to the full-front as say a Loki or really a human being does. But as I’m writing this, it really doesn’t make sense that a robot wouldn’t be scarier or more threatening, especially in Ultron’s case who wants to truly start the world over. After all, robots lack the human quality and empathy, so therefore they should be without conscience and revelation of their actions. But Ultron just doesn’t deliver the impact Loki’s threat did from the first film, and it left me wanting more.
My biggest gripe with this film was the action sequences, or not lack thereof. Action in a movie is a great thing, but too much can ruin a film, and in my opinion, I felt like I was being catered too as if I was a child wanting sword play vs depth and story.
There were parts of the film that I thought were good for character build and depth. The ongoing relationship with Bruce and Natasha was enjoyable, as well as a little insight into the life of Hawkeye and his little “secret”.
I can’t say I didn’t enjoy watching this film, or any of the other “filler” Marvel movies (looking at you Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, and Thor 2), but I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed with the follow up to Whedon’s much more enjoyable first installment.