***SPOILER FREE REVIEW***
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
Directed by Joss Whedon
Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Robert Downey Jr.
Samuel L Jackson
Running time: 141 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
I enjoy superhero movies. I go to them all (usually as soon as I possibly can after they come out). They’re fun! But then I kind of forget about them… I realized while watching Age Of Ultron that I rarely watch most superhero movies ever again after that first viewing in the cinema/theater. There’ve been a few exceptions – I watched The Dark Knight twice, the first couple X-Men movies at least twice, and of course Superman & Burton’s Batman several times. I really should have re-watched the first Avengers film before going to this one because I barely remember it. I think I’m a little superheroed out. I have a pretty good memory when it comes to movies (I mean, I’m a movie blogger after all) but I know I must not be too into these countless Marvel films when I keep having to ask my hubby questions during them. Things like “who’s THAT?” to which he rolls his eyes & replies “only someone who’s been in most the Marvel films so far!”. Also, as I always have to say in these superhero movie reviews, I ONLY have knowledge of the films. God – I can’t even keep all those straight in my mind! I can’t imagine actually reading the billions of comic books as well.
So now that we know where I stand on these types of movies (I like them & have a lot of fun with them but wouldn’t say I love most of them), we can move on to what I liked & disliked about Avengers: Age Of Ultron. I did a super-short mini-review of the first Avengers movie HERE when I did a roundup of all the films I’d seen in 2012 (I see I ranked it as the 9th best film that year & gave it a 7.5/10). I’ll say I think Age Of Ultron is the better film overall. It drags a little in the middle but the second half is much better than the first half & I think it’s a better finale than in the first film. It’s close, though – I think people may be pretty evenly divided on which they prefer. Also, I thought they actually did a pretty damn good job on character development in this one considering just how many characters are in this thing. It must have been hard to get the balance right between that & all the kick ass action but I think they did very well. What I really liked is that they spent more time on the characters we don’t know as well from a million other movies (Hawkeye, Black Widow & Hulk) and I enjoyed their stories quite a bit (especially Hawkeye’s). Don’t worry – you still get loads of time with the others as well but we already know a lot about them from their own films. I’d have liked a little more focus on Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver but, like I said, there are so many characters that you can’t expect anything too in-depth with each of them in only 2 hours & 21 minutes.
I guess I didn’t really list anything I disliked about this movie. Well, I suppose I didn’t really dislike much. I wasn’t crazy about Ultron’s voice but that’s because I’m old (that asshole in Pretty In Pink?!). It did feel a little overlong plus it didn’t really pick up until (a character who is on one of the posters but I still won’t name in case it’s a spoiler to some of you) showed up (he was great). There’s some light humor between the characters as always, which is fun (especially a bit involving Thor’s mighty Mjölnir). Speaking of Thor & his big Hammer, I was once again very distracted every time his bare arms were on screen. Chris Hemsworth is so insanely beautiful. Too pretty, really. Maybe it’s why my mind goes all loopy during these movies & I never fully know what the hell is going on. I’m just going to wrap this thing up – I’m picturing those arms again now & I can’t think straight.
If you love all the Marvel films & you loved the first Avengers film, you’ll love this one too. It’s, well, the same thing again. Which is fine… It’s a formula that clearly works. But I have to say I kind of prefer some of the individual films as, while it’s loads of fun seeing all the superheroes together, I like seeing & knowing more about each of their individual stories. I probably almost like the first Iron Man movie & maybe even Captain America: The Winter Soldier more. At least, I think they’re probably better films than either of the Avengers movies but they’re not quite as flashy or cool. We’re talking about superheroes, though, not the Oscars – flashy & cool is sometimes okay too. Avengers: Age Of Ultron has proven one thing to me, though – I really did LOVE Guardians Of The Galaxy. That felt unique instead of the same old superhero movie once again. I think it’s time I do a massive update of my Top Ten Superhero Movies because there will be a lot of changes. Age Of Ultron will make the ten but I’m not sure where. However, Guardians Of The Galaxy will be at number one. Sorry, Age Of Ultron! You were loads of fun. Thanks for entertaining me but I won’t remember much of you in a year. You’re still one of the better films in this genre, though.
My Rating: 7/10
Is There A Scene After The Credits? Like, duh. It’s a Marvel film. However, there’s ONLY a mid-credits scene & nothing at the very end. However, do not take my word on this, Americans! We may have gotten this movie a week before you but we’ve been screwed out of end credits scenes in the past (the end credits scene from the first Avengers film wasn’t shown in the UK). There have been rumors & supposedly leaked footage of an end credits scene that wasn’t the one I saw here in the UK.
Does Thor take his shirt off once again? Yes. Yes he does. However, it’s not at all gratuitous like it was in his own films. He is, however, soaking wet while shirtless. But there’s no lingering shots. It’s quick. Too quick. I’ll have to buy the Blu-Ray…
What were we talking about again??
“Does Thor take his shirt off once again?” Glad to know what you prioritise as crucial enjoyment requirements from your films… 😛
I have to say it does add to my enjoyment of these films….. 😉
How can you not love James Spader?
“Humans create… um… little humans… Children! Children! I lost the word there for a second.” I loved this line to pieces.
He’s creepy! However, that line was good… 😉
More pics of Scarlet Witch please
Don’t you have enough in your private collection???
I’ve not heard of this one. Is it on limited release? 😜
Sorry – I should also say I’ve read your review and agree with a lot of it! It was entertaining.
Thanks! Yeah… The movie was fun. 🙂 I’ve not actually had time to read any other reviews yet so I’m not sure what the general opinion is so far. It wasn’t the best thing ever but it was another decent superhero movie at least. 🙂
I keep hearing reviews are mixed, but everything I’ve read has been fairly positive.
While I enjoy the film, I think it fell short of its predecessor in almost every department! Check out my write-up if you wish :p
Hmm. I should have really rewatched the first one before seeing this one. I’m basing liking this one a bit more on the fact that I don’t even remember the first one that well now! Lol. Remind me to read your review if I haven’t been by by tomorrow night! I usually catch up on blog reading a bit on Tuesdays… 🙂
Reblogged this on read/RANT! and commented:
Cinema Parrot Disco has a spoiler-free review of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apparently there are advantages to living in Europe.
Oh – thanks for the reblog! 🙂 lol – There are occasionally advantages to living over here… But the weather sucks! 😉
How do you see all of these movies so early?? I went to see if I could see Ex Machina and it isn’t out until this weekend here! Ugh, I’m jealous. Anyways, I hear what you’re saying about all the superhero movies coming out lately. It’s a lot. I’m not complaining though, they are a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see this one!
Hehe! I actually don’t know where you are… Are you in America? There aren’t many advantages to living in the UK but, on the Marvel stuff at least, we tend to get them a week or so early. 😉 Don’t know how we lucked out with Ex Machina! Oh, and It Follows…. Lol. Oh! And The Babadook too! You should enjoy this one just fine if you’ve liked the other Marvel stuff. 🙂
I live in Canada. You guys get all the good movies early!!
Sometimes! 😉 We’re often screwed over on new Pixar films. We used to have to wait MONTHS for those… 😦
Yikes! That’s a pretty big draw back. I love Pixar
😦 Me too!!!!! LOVE Pixar. 🙂
I think I might see this – I’m more interested in Fury Road, though!
I actually fully agree with you on that. I really hope they show Fury Road in IMAX.
Yes sir, my sister! When I went to see It Follows the second time, they had a new trailer for Fury Road and I jizzed all over the row in front of me.
I can imagine you doing that Eric, hehe.
I actually fully agree with both of you – I’m looking forward to Fury Road far more than I was to Age of Ultron. What are the odds of the three of us all agreeing on something?! Shit – this must be a sign of the apocalypse… 😉
And the fetish porn version, Furry Road.
Are you in that one?
I auditioned but was deemed TOO furry.
😦 Discrimination! You should sue…
I’m pretty superheroed-out too. The Winter Soldier didn’t do much for me and I’ve never had the desire to watch it again. But I’ll see this anyway and I’m sure I’ll like it, but I don’t feel the need to rush to see it.
Yeah… I only rushed to it for, like, the sake of the blog since we got it so early here. And to piss Cara off, of course. 😉
Sounds like quite a blast, loved the part where you mentioned the non gratuitous nudity of Hemsworth.
Lol. It was very tasteful nudity! 😉
As you love Hemsworth, on one of my recent posts there is quite a revealing gif that you may enjoy.
Only if it’s not gratuitous, of course… 😉
Hehe, you should check it out.
It’s not graphic at all, very classy.
Is it like this one? 😉 https://table9mutant.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chris-hemsworths-bum-in-rush/
It actually is that gif, haha.
HA! I thought it might be… 😉 lol
I think its inclusion on my site has really got me a lot of views, as well as featuring Liam Hemsworth and Matt Bomer.
Great review. Managed to squeeze a viewing of this in at the IMAX over the weekend, which I think distorted my opinion of it, considering I’ve watched all of the ‘other’ superhero films on my TV. It’s a bit of a step up.
Thanks! Lol – I can imagine it was probably much more enjoyable in IMAX. 😉 I’ve only seen two that way – The Dark Knight & Gravity.
Gravity must have been intense. The trailers they had were Mad Max, Star Trek and Jurassic World… they all looked pretty impressive to say the least.
All I got from this is mmm…Thor!
That’s all you really NEED to get from this! Lol 😉
Once again, ill say it: t-minus 7(ish) hours til I get to have my rebuttal!!! I’m going to talk even *more* about Hemsworth, and how he should always have his shirt off. 😉 Also, I want to make a point about how Aaron Taylor Johnson should never have style his hair like this again. Like, ever.
Woohoo!!! I take it you’ve seen this by now. Let’s discuss naked Thor! And ATJ’s awful hair. 😉
Loooollllll. Mutant, you and your severe Thorst (thirst for Thor) never cease to crack me up. I saw Age of Ultron a couple days ago and need to get a review together for it. I think I liked it more than you did, but I actually prefer the first one. But I loved the attention they gave Hawkeye–and I loved Vision! He’s super cool. Wanda, too. And I think the set-ups for future films is exciting. It’s definitely going in my top 20 superhero movies…but it doesn’t quite make my top ten. 😉 Excellent review, lady!!!
Thanks, Cara! Bwahaha! I have a severe THORST! 😉 The Vision was cool – I thought he was so much cooler than Ultron! Hmm… I think I need to rewatch the first Avengers again. Wouldn’t be too painful to have to watch Thor again to quench my Thorst, I guess. 😉
You’re a Thorsty, Thorsty girl. 😉 I agree–I liked James Spader as Ultron a lot, but Vision was way cooler!
P.S. Speaking of Hemsy…Have you seen the Vacation Movie trailer? It looks fucking awful, but Chris Hemsworth is in it, and I think the whole movie might be worth it just for him.
Hehehe! I love how people keep mentioning the Vacation trailer to me. I’m known as some kind of Chris Hemsworth perv now! 😉 Yep, I watched the red band trailer. Movie looks SHIT but I’ll certainly be going to it anyway. For some reason… I don’t know why…… 😉
Bahaha of COURSE you’re a Hemsy perv!! 😉 I agree–the movie looks so bad. Hmm. I can’t quite put my finger on why you would possibly still wanna see it… 😀
Great review. I think the film was good but still quite disappointing.
Not sure if it is in comparisons to their reason great films but it felt like a foot note rather than a solid film of its own.
2 hour trailer for phase 3 is a bit harsh but not wholly untrue.
Thanks, Tim! Awww – sorry to hear you sound quite disappointed with this one. I enjoyed it for what it was but I’m not the biggest superhero movie fan overall. There have been better & there have been worse. I had fun with it. 🙂
I liked it but it feels like a step back. Had the stupid in film winks and teasing of the future. Took away from this film. This cannot stand on its own 😦
Awww. 😦 I’m assuming you’ve reviewed it?? I’ll have to have a look later! 🙂
I loved it, not quite as much as the first, but it certainly didn’t disappoint. By the way, the after-credits situation was the exact same here in the US; nothing after the long-form credits. 😦
Yay! Glad to hear from another person who liked it. It sounds like some were quite disappointed but I’m not sure why?? I should rewatch the first one again – maybe I’d change my mind & like that one slightly more. But I had fun with this one. 🙂
LOL! Too quick, buy the Blu-Ray! LOVE IT hahahaha. I will likely wait for the DVD release for this as I was really not a fan of the first one. I was told I might like it more because there is more story, but I suppose we will wait and see where this goes.
You KNOW I bought the Rush Blu-Ray ASAP for that butt scene. 😉 Lol. Aww – you might like this. I dunno… The first one really wasn’t my favorite either, though, and I think they’re quite similar. I think I do mostly prefer the individual superhero films.
Bwahahahahaha, I know you did, so that you could watch it in frame by frame glory. Nicely done teehee.
Yeah, I think I am with you on that front!
Good review! I enjoyed this one but not quite as much as some of Marvel’s other films.
Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, it was fun but I think I prefer a lot of the individual films more…
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cant believe I missed this review way back when. I actually read the whole thing this time since Ive now seen the movie and ur review is sooo spot on (except the Steff comment) and u really hit the nail on the head abt GotG, it felt so different than all the rest and these all are great fun, but feel more or less the same each time. My review will be up soon 🙂
Yeah… It really is the same thing each time. I’m getting a little bored! This is why I loved Guardians of the Galaxy so much. 🙂
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