Film review – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Many people have grown up reading the classic Marvel comics and falling in love with every superhero; these timeless classics have suddenly exploded onto the big screen and turned these simple comics into Hollywood blockbusters.
As well as this legacy, the Avengers: Age of Ultron has the added bonus of so many A-List celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannsson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and James Spader.
With that many big names and the expectations from dedicated Marvel fans, the film has a lot to live up to, but it definitely does deliver. The film follows Marvel classics like The Hulk, Thor and the Black Widow who must face Ultron in the ultimate battle to save the world from being overtaken by evil robots.
The familiar faces throw themselves into these challenging and versatile roles to make the fantasy world come alive. The graphics are incredible and every stunt is easy to marvel at, excuse the pun.
Fans of the first film will also appreciate the complex character developments in store, especially for The Hulk and The Black Widow which adds layers and depth to ensure it is far more than big names and impressive special effects. There is a stronger emphasis on the Avengers' personal lives, loves and families to ensure there is sentimentality behind the many explosions and battles. This double life makes the superheroes far more endearing and sympathetic characters, giving every near-death experience they are thrown in to more nerve-wracking as you develop a vested interest in their survival.
Another interesting facet of the plot is that we see many of these great characters re-evaluate their lives. Hulk struggles to come to terms with the death and destruction he causes, the Black Widow contemplates a family and life away from the Avengers’, and Tony Stark realises that his quest for world peace can have devastating effects if his attempts fail. This focus on personal development, morality and accepting one's limitations for the good of others proves that the film dares to push the boundaries of its genre to challenge the audience, which is one of the most commendable aspects of the film.
It is one of the most fast-paced and intense films you will have seen for a while and it does sometimes makes your head spin with the amount of plot twists, epic battles and unlikely romances blossoming. But, stick with it because it is worth it and the film does quickly establish itself as an impressive cinematic feat.
The film is part action thriller, part sci-fi, a touch of comedy and some romance thrown in for good measure. This variety should make it an easy film to suit everyone's taste so get together a group of mates from your student accommodation and try to keep up with the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Warning: expect gory scenes, tragedy, strong language and very dodgy attempts at Russian accents from Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson.
Fast paced but a good all round action thriller – 4/5 stars.
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Posted on 11th May 2015 by Elinore Court.
Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.