Fan-boy as I am, I couldn’t contain the excitement for this film. Yesterday, I plowed through the Thor-soundtrack, I watched a bunch of Phase 1 featurettes and I played Marvel vs. Capcom, in addition to having watched all the Marvel-films from Iron Man through to Guardians of the Galaxy twice this year, in anticipation for this film. It would be an understatement to say that I have been in Full on Marvel-mode for some time now. But the question at hand is this; Did the film live up to its expectations? Let’s take a stroll down Tango lane and see what I thought about Avengers: Age of Ultron.
First off, I want to talk a little bit about the costumes. The Iron Man-armors have since the dawn of the MCU been awesome. I never had any complaints about any of them, and that is the case here as well. Streamlined, well colored designs of pure Awesome! The Captain America-suit however. It was fantastic in ..The First Avenger, but the suit Cap wore in the first Avengers-film looked ridiculous and corny. I thought it made Cap look like a Big Jim-doll rather than a superhero. The stealth-suit he wore in ..The Winter Soldier was fantastic, although I missed the colors a little bit. Now, Cap has a new suit, one that I found to be just as awesome as the one he wore in ..The First Avenger. It was similar in its structural design but with a modern twist. Great job there, costume designers!
Onward to Hawkeye. While I do like the suits he wears in both films, I miss the classic suit from the comics, but in ..Age of Ultron, his suit resembles the one from the comics a little bit more and that’s a big bonus! As for Black Widow’s catsuit, well… what can one say, it’s a catsuit, but this time around, she had these glowing, stripy things on it, which I found a bit odd seeing as she’s supposed to be a spy. Wouldn’t those light her up when sneaking around? Anywho, it looked great overall. As for Thor, he looks just as great as he did in the previous installments and both Scarlet Witch’s and Quicksilver’s outfits looked great.
And on we go then, to the film itself.
Again, Joss Wheedon has pulled off an amazing feat. Continuing the story of the Avengers in a brilliant and complex way, he now gives us some amazing character arcs, delving deeper into a relationship between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff, some great backstory for Clint Barton as well as some strained issues between the group as a whole. It’s not at all hard to realize that Wheedon is, in fact, a fan of these characters. Just beautifully written from start to finish. As for the story of Ultron, well….. I liked it. It differs from how he came to be in the comics, sure, but they managed to bind the creation of both Vision and Ultron to the bigger scheme with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in such a way that it felt organic and natural, rather than forced and shoehorned. Hats off to Wheedon for his talents!
There was some great action sequences in this film, but the one between the Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor (the one from the trailer), yeah that was pure awesome! It had me gripping my seat in excitement. The action in this film was great, but there was so much more to it than that. It had a lot of humorous moments, some where I laughed so hard I almost choked on my soda and I love that about these films. The naivite of the characters at times, it’s just amazing how well it works with all the action and Wheedon managed to blend the two to a perfect balance. Just perfect!
The heroes of the film is just as great as they’ve been so far and all the actors behind the masks did their jobs fantastically well. Nothing at all to complain about, just great performances from all of them. As for the villain, Ultron himself, yeah he looked awesome in the film. I was really skeptical at first, when we saw in the trailer that his eyebrows and mouth moved, but now after having seen the film, it would just be nitpicking to complain about it. He was so overall badass that you just didn’t notice that small detail. And I have to say, James Spader, wow! I’ll be the first to claim that this would not have been as awesome with someone else as Ultron. His voice brought it all together for me. Hands down the greatest villain in the MCU so far!
As for the overall design of the film, there is nothing at all to complain about. Sure, one can nitpick through some of the CGI work but that’s not for me. I know they used computers and I’m okay with that.
The camera work, editing, the scoring, it all works in a beautiful symbiote and pair that up with fantastic character development and a lot of badass action scenes and you have yourself a masterpiece! So with that said, I would like to conclude this review by handing out yet another ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’ and end it all by saying this; I loved nearly everything about this film and I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing it again in the theater soon. I hope you liked my review, let me know down below, and look out for more goodies coming your way soon, but until then….