Age of Ultron

No time to really write anything this weekend, certainly not today. Too much running around. And I want to try to get my last few drawings done tonight.

But we did get The Avengers: Age of Ultron watched. Don’t worry, the following is my quick and spoiler-free review. Because nothing much to say.

I liked it, obviously. It was a lot of fun and I chortled many a time. A few classic moments. Interesting plot, with some fun twists and use of the in-universe rules and items and characters. Glorious action and plenty of BSTs.

Now, in my opinion it lacked the sheer excitement and impact of the first Avengers movie. There was no cheering or applause this time around. But a lot of that, I think, was simply a matter of this being an excellent continuation, not necessarily anything new. The Avengers movies may have – momentarily – reached maximum levels and stopped levelling.

This doesn’t mean there’s no potential for further uncapping of the level counter and whole new amazing vistas to open. Guardians of the Galaxy told me to shut my punk mouth where those sorts of thoughts were concerned. I can always be surprised and delighted. And I for one can’t wait to see what Ant Man and all the next round of movies have in store for us.

This was an excellent movie, if not quite so rich in Whedonosity as the first Avengers ensemble piece and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series we’re working through. Well worth a watch. This is by no means a complaint. It’s just a sign of how spoiled we’ve become.

There’s only so many times a movie franchise can keep on topping its previous efforts. That doesn’t mean the movies need to start over from a lower level. It just means that whatever happens next, we have to keep in mind that it’s going to be amazing.

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6 Responses to Age of Ultron

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Gonna watch this as a reward for my job interview next Wednesday (wish me luck!). Oh, and, Ant Man, is that pretty much Atom Ant? Or something else? Seen previews but I know only of Atom Ant.

    • stchucky says:

      I’m not certain, and I’m pretty sure you’re not serious either, but as far as I am aware (please note, basically I am unaware of either except by name), Atom Ant is a cartoon, Ant-Man is a marvel comic.

      But basically the same deal, I think. Very small, super-strong.

  2. dreameling says:

    I came away from this feeling about the same. Entertaining and really well crafted, but lacking the ensemble freshness and wow effect of the first one. Also, while the first one felt like an earned and appropriately big and epic culmination of all the solo outings, this one came across more as a bridge from one phase to another where everything was bigger and more epic just because sequel. Finally, I’m maybe getting a little tired of the witty Whedon banter (in the MCU), because it’s so trademark and so obviously Whedon and sometimes kinda takes you out of the story and the characters. [1]

    Not sure if it was just me, but the opening action scene in the forest was really confusing and fake-CGI-looking. All the other action pieces were way better, thankfully.

    Good stuff.

    7 / 10

    [1] It’s strange. While Whedon is deservedly well-known for writing great characters and character drama, it’s also his trademark style that sometime becomes too much and, rather than feeling like their own creatures, the characters start feeling “Whedon”. I go back and forth on this. Still, you gotta love all the little, absurd, random, subversive moments. (Stark: “Good chat.”, random henchman writhing on the floor: “No it wasn’t.”)

    • stchucky says:

      I loved the “no it wasn’t.”

      We also sort of discussed this among ourselves, and Mrs. Hatboy and I were of the opinion that perhaps the biggest concealed Whedonism in this movie was that Hawkeye’s death was massively telegraphed for basically the entire movie and then bam, he lives.

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