3/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. 2/10 of my Marvel Movie Challenge. Every Marvel fan waited for 3 years to be able to watch the sequel of Avengers which was released in 2012. Today is finally the day we’ve been waiting for! May 1st marks the premiere date of the second installment of Avengers with the subtitle, Age of Ultron (AoU). However, other parts of the globe were very lucky to have the movie premiered at an earlier date, which was why I was able to watch it with my family last weekend. I know many fans still haven’t watched the film so I wouldn’t give out any spoilers. I would just simply state the concepts and gist of what happened in the film, and my critique of it.
So here’s what you need to know:
1. If you have watched the end credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it showed a glimpse of the “twins”: Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). They are orphans because their parents were killed due to the bombings caused by Tony Stark aka Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) weapons, which made them hold a grudge against him which can be manifested in AoU. These two were apparently the only survivors by an experiment done by Hydra.
2. Pietro has super speed while Wanda has the ability of telekinesis, meaning she can control objects with her mind. She also has the capability to mind control others and make them see their worst fears, which was what Wanda did to Tony Stark. I wouldn’t say what Tony specifically saw in his fear but his vision led him to create an artificial intelligence that would protect the people from outer space creatures and to prevent the incident in the first Avengers from happening. With the help of Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), they created Ultron (James Spader). Yes, Ultron is man-made.
3. Ultron had a mind of its own. His idea of peace was earth destruction. This was discovered by Wanda when she tried to read his mind. This caused Wanda and Pietro, who used to be Ultron’s allies, to side with the Avengers. Tony, being stubborn as ever, tried to make another robot, despite Steve Rogers aka Captain America’s (Chris Evan) protests. However, in order to prevent another Ultron being created, Tony incorporated JARVIS (his artificial intelligence who always helped him and the rest of the team) to the mind of the robot. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) also helped by inserting a “mind stone” which is a very powerful gem from his world. This resulted to the creation of Vision (Paul Bettany), who helped the Avengers in the battle against Ultron.
4. So basically that’s it and here are just the other stuff you will be expecting from the movie: there are shocking relationships in this movie, and you might cry because something happened to a certain character in the movie.
5. The film also gave more background about Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton aka Hawk Eye (Jeremy Renner)
Now for the review! I LOVED THE FILM. ENOUGH SAID. Okay, I may be exaggerating because I’m a huge Marvel fan, but I don’t really see a lot of cons in it. Well maybe I do hold a grudge against the writers for killing somebody. I’m not naming names though. For the script, maybe I need more explanation on why Tony Stark is Iron Man again, because from what I remember from Iron Man 3, he destroyed all his suits. And maybe I do like Loki more as a villain over Ultron. Well c’mon, Loki is Loki. But aside from that, everything was great. The special effects were awesome as always. I liked the setting they picked for the movie. It’s a new edge compared to typical New York as a place of destruction.
I really liked that they gave us more knowledge about each of the characters. We get to learn about their fears and the stuff they still cling to. We get a background of the twins, we learn Natasha’s history and we see Clint’s story. One of the most heartfelt scenes of the film would be Clint giving Wanda a pep talk after she had a little break down and blaming herself for all the destruction. “If you step out that door, you are an Avenger.” That was my favorite line from the movie and it was really touching that these heroes aren’t just there for business but they are friends too. Another touching part of the film was the team trying to get the civilians out of the area as possible. It showed that these heroes had a heart and they really cared for the people.
The thing I also liked about the movie was that it showed the cool side of the Avengers. There was a scene where some of the Avengers tried to lift Thor’s hammer but failed. It showed that they can be normal and fool around. I also appreciated Steve and Tony’s respect for each other, even though they have conflicts most of time (due to Tony’s stubbornness). For example, Tony referred to Steve as the “true boss” of the Avengers and he just pays for everything, designs everything and makes everyone look cool.
Most of all, the characters are the bomb. Robert is his usual Tony Stark self. Chris is still typical Steve Rogers. I really liked how Mark and Scarlett did their scenes. I really loved Jeremy’s acting here. Paul as Vision was amazing. Elizabeth and Aaron made me view them was the brother and sister tandem everybody looks up to. I swear, I am now officially obsessed with the Maximoff twins. With everything said, over all, the movie was epic and I’m sad because now I have to wait until 2018 to see the next installment.