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AGE OF ULTRON! Yeaahh! Go see it! That’s my review.
Just kidding! But, do go see this. This is the kind of story that fueled the effort behind filmmaking for decades. The vision of an audience, stunned and transported by images flashing on a giant screen before them, gasping at the sound effects—this is exactly the sort of thing that movie makers throughout the ages have strived towards attaining. And Joss Whedon has delivered that to us in this flick. I promise you, whatever happens, you will NOT come out of that movie theater whining that you wasted your cash. What you will be, is blown away by the utter spectacle presented by the action and effects.
In this sprawling epic of a sequel from Marvel, our motley gang of heroes—Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)—storms Baron Strucker’s castle for the Staff of Loki on the advice of Iron Man, who knows that it contains artificial intelligence that could create an army of Iron Men to protect Earth. But, as he experiments with the AI, it turns into Ultron (voiced by James Spader), who gets into computers everywhere, and begins to create a mechanical army to rid the world of humans. Helping Ultron are Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
Unlike other superhero movies, Whedon does not dwell on back story or the past history of the characters. Consequently, there’s little depth and virtually no character development. But you’re not gonna care about any of that, because this story has our superheroes struggling with a sufficient number of obstacles to keep you interested. The cast has such stars as Linda Cardellini, Samuel Jackson, Don Cheadle, and Stellan Skarsgard; but the one who really stands out is James Spader. He’s truly brilliant as the voice of Ultron: he manages to convey that unique combination of wittiness and terror that you’d imagine an arch villain to ooze.
Some problems: Ultron is more of a plot device than a character on his own. He’s there only as a unique obstacle to the Avengers. So, he’s not the core of the story… which is unfortunate, because Spader breathes such life into that name. It’s depressing to see such a powerful character relegated to a mere plot device. And, Ultron’s comedic side may annoy some. You may also find the movie struggling for cohesion, simply because it’s in such a rush, and is bursting at the seams with superheroes. You’ll need to read up on the back story of the superheroes before you head out. Remember that Marvel is doing this because ULTRON is laying down the foundation for future flicks such as CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.
But, like I said before, the problems won’t prevent you from having a good time. Buy those tickets, and get to the theater. You’ll thank me for it. View the trailer here:
Lifting Thor’s hammer:
Seeing as ULTRON has blown everything else out of my mind, I finish here. Get to the theater! And kneel before ULTRON, minions!