The Avengers: Age of Ultron is Above Par

In 2012, one of the most anticipated films off all-time shook theaters nationwide. The Avengers broke multiple records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America. It is also the third highest grossing film ever. That might all change now that the much anticipated sequel has arrived. Along with the returning superheroes comes writer-director, Joss Whedon, but there are plenty of new faces for audiences to meet in the latest chapter of The Avengers.

James Spader as Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

James Spader as Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron follows the superhero group known as the Avengers, led by Captain America, in their battle to stop Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) creation designed to save the human race, Ultron (James Spader).

Age of Ultron is a solid addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only one of the better movies to come from the MCU, it is action-packed with no exaggeration, from top to bottom. The audience is immediately thrown into a huge battle within the picture’s opening seconds and it feels like the battle never stops. But with this opening sequence, we are far from the movie’s best battling moment. Near the film’s ending, The Avengers (new and older additions) have a stand-off with Ultron and his robots and the action scene that follows is the peak of the movie.

However, the true highlight of this film was, in fact, Ultron. In the original film, The Avengers went toe to toe with Loki and his aliens, but they are no match for this antagonist. Played by Spader, via motion capture, Ultron is the spirit of the movie. He immediately captures the attention of the audience and is so entertaining to watch that when he isn’t on screen, the film doesn’t offer the same feeling of excitement. Though, he essentially is metal, Ultron oozes sin, and just speaks true evil.

Now, did I enjoy it more than The Avengers? I’d have to say no. Though I did enjoy Age of Ultron, there were moments in the first film that had my hair stand up on my neck. It wasn’t just enjoyable or fun, it excited me. It had an energy that has been unmatched in a superhero movie since. Now, that just may be because I’ve seen the Avengers assemble already, or maybe it’s because I hadn’t been waiting for this film for a decade, or maybe the movie just didn’t emotional strike me the way other Marvel films have. Yet, it doesn’t change the fact that this movie is a satisfying sequel, for the most part.

Now, I say the most part because I felt the movie worked the majority of the time. Yet, it never reached the heights of its predecessor. So, in that fact, it is like most sequels, just not as bad as they usually are. There is a bit of a weak story, without a real deep theme, leaving it forgettable and making me believe that it was unfortunately more about form than content. Though, I was able to go on without it, because of how entertaining the movie is. Whedon also does an incredible job of balancing all of these characters, giving them witty dialogue, and throwing in some relieving humor. Like I said, it is a solid addition to the universe, close to the top of the list, though it does have its issues. They are just easier to forgive.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is an extremely fun, action-packed film and a great addition to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Thought it does have some issues, with story, and maybe lacks the hyper-energy fans were given while watching the first film, overall this movie is one for the ages.

-By Jacob Tiranno

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