‘Age of Ultron’ is ultra success

May 8, 2015


Staff Reporter


Ever since “The Avengers” blasted into theaters three years ago, millions of fans have longed for the sequel, wondering if it could possibly live up to its predecessor.


Yes, moviegoers. Yes, it can.


“Avengers: Age of Ultron” brings together the Marvel Universe once again for a thrilling and thought-provoking ride. The superb action and humor from the previous film are back, but a tinge of darker tone also provides refreshing contrast.


Directed by Joss Whedon, a Marvel comic writer himself, the film features the return of its all-star cast for another all-star hero teamup.


This time the Avengers face Ultron, a sentient robotic program designed by Iron Man and Bruce Banner.  Avengers-Age-of-Ultron


Ultron, voiced by James Spader, rebels against his makers and seeks to force humanity to extinction, invading the Internet and raising an army of robots. Spader’s voice lends a chilling and compelling presence to the villain.


Without the need for much character building (previous movies having done enough), the film continues the fast-paced, thunderous action that has become a staple of the series.


The sequel reportedly set a Marvel record for visual effects. Fans of super-powered fights will not go home disappointed.


New players and powers provide fresh twists to the action this time around.


Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver make their screen debut, using super speed and mind power both for and against the Avengers.


In addition to the familiar epic action, the Avengers’ humor that fans have come to expect is back in full force. Downey Jr.’s Iron Man leads the way in his own witty, egotistical style, but every hero has at least one quip to get spectators chuckling.


Despite leaning on the usual action and humor, the film also carries a deeper, sometimes darker tone that seems to be growing in comic book movies.


The villain himself is a creation of the Avengers, designed by Stark and Banner without the others’ knowledge. Ultron is the team’s dark side come to life, a representation of their inner struggle, a struggle that will reappear in future movies.


This darker tone is one of doubt, setting Iron Man’s progressive ideology in stark contrast (pun intended) with Captain America’s vision of freedom. These hints of conflict are set to take center stage in “Captain America: Civil War” next year.


“Age of Ultron” is part of an evolving trend in superhero films, focusing not solely on what the heroes can do, but also what they should do.


As Cap says as they gear up for the final battle, “Ultron thinks we are what’s wrong with the world. This isn’t just about winning, it’s about whether he’s right.”


The contention is temporarily resolved by Paul Bettany’s character The Vision, another artificial intelligence who offers both unique powers and a voice of reason.


The new seed of doubt adds a welcome depth to the movie, partnering wonderfully with the high-flying action and witty dialogue. The Avengers treat fans to a thought-provoking, action-packed and laughter-inducing good time once again.


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