Sunday, May 3, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Average Joe Review

SO, on May 1st, 2015, I went to the theater to see the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. And this is my review of the movie.

MANY movie critics highly disliked it because it seemed formulaic in the sense that the humor, though witty, was similar to the first Avengers... same with the conflict that the Avengers can't get along with one another (this conflict was kind of magnified/amplified in the 2nd Avengers). HOWEVER comma, those are movie critics. Are YOU a movie critic? I hope not.

<sidenote> If you are a movie critic, I apologize if this post may have insulted you in any way, shape, or form <sidenote>

YOU are probably just an average Joe wanting to catch a really hyped up movie. Do you care about if  it's the same? PROBABLY not. Do you like humor, same or otherwise? PROBABLY. And here is a review of the movie from my perspective: the AVERAGE JOE perspective.

First off, this review doesn't contain any spoilers for Age of Ultron. So don't fear. HOWEVER comma, it may contain spoilers for other MCU movies/TV series.

THE movie hits the ground running with immense action, picking up where Captain America 2 left off , with SHIELD (or what's left of it) and the Avengers trying to shut down HYDRA's experimentation program on enhanced... Marvel couldn't call them mutants because FOX owns that. They do that stuff, but new characters are introduced, new "enhanced". The action really gets real.

AS the movie picks up, the action is omni-present. A Mon Avis, that's a good thing, making it really hard for the viewer to get bored. Note that a minor romance sub-plot is introduced early on into the movie, which I kind of dislike because there was no foreshadowing that either subject had any interest or chemistry with the other. As the action progresses, so does the tension between characters, kind of like Avengers 1.

EPIC action sequences follow one another until they all result into an EPIC BATTLE between good and evil. I really enjoyed the cinematography, camera angles showing the NOW-GIGANTIC cast of characters duking it out versus the evil dudes. Camera movement was spot on, and shaky-cam was minimal (if ever present... AHEM HUNGER GAMES). The new enhanced mentioned earlier in the film finally learn to use their powers for good instead of evil. ALSO, characters introduced in previous MCU films were definitely involved in the final battle. SORRY if that gave anything away.

FINALLY, I'm kind of glad that all characters got more even screen time than the first Avengers. Banner, Stark, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, and especially HAWKEYE (my favorite character) got even screen time and dialogue and plot-importance.

TL;DR Age of Ultron is an AMAZING movie. I give it a 4.5/5, just because some of the romance was uncalled for. Other than that, brilliant movie, killer cast, everything was spot on and outstandingly put together. Good job, Joss Whedon, for doing the impossible... having a bajillion characters and still managing to make a fantastic movie.

--PRANAV