If there’s anyone that’s going to be excited about the next Marvel movie, it’s me. I went and saw Age of Ultron on release day in my favourite Captain America dress (yes…I have more than one). While the movie started out in the midst of an action scene, with all Avengers in tow, I found myself getting more and more disappointed as the story went on. Sure, there’s that awesome Hulkbuster fighting scene, but with all of our superheroes together, where’s the witty banter? Where’s the personality and the Stark…I mean spark?
I was sadly, disappointed with Age of Ultron. I even found myself nodding off halfway through the movie, with the forced romance and the boring Ultron taking it’s helm. Trust me, there’s no one more mortified than me that I fell asleep in another Marvel movie (the first one was the first Captain America, but do you really blame me for that one). Marvel is meant to be the epitome of movie development! This is why we go to the cinema, to experience the awe of the action coming to life on the big screen.
That doesn’t mean the action wasn’t impressive. I loved seeing the introduction of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, evolve into their superpowers over time. I enjoyed seeing Ironman (or Ironmen) come to the rescue and seeing him and Bruce Banner putting their sharp minds together. I loved seeing all of the Avengers working together to dispatch anything and anyone that gets in the way of avenging. And most of all, Hulk vs Hulkbuster did not disappoint.
After all the complaints that Hawkeye and Black Widow are pushed to the side, I actually didn’t enjoy their character development at all. They both have a bigger part in the movie, with Hawkeye showing us a few surprises in his life and Black Widow evolving into a romance. Unfortunately, this meant a lot of the better characters didn’t get the screentime, and we know both of these heroes have personalities as bland as a doorknob. I enjoyed seeing Black Widow’s past though, I do hope Marvel comes out with a standalone movie for her.
Speaking of Black Widow, the romance was totally forced. It’s as if there was nothing better for the movie to go on, so they manufactured some forced chemistry out of thin air between Black Widow and the Hulk. How freaking awkward is that? It’s as terrible as it sounds everyone, there was nothing sweet or romantic about it at all. If I looked like Black Widow and I could have anyone I wanted….well let’s just say my eyes are on Steve Rogers. But that’s just me.
The entire time, Age of Ultron felt like it was setting up for awesome action scenes, with a convoluted plot and not a whole lot in between. There were bits and pieces that were setting up other movies and tie-ins, but the story for this one never really came into fruition. Sure, you’ve got the baddy Ultron, who was meant to be funny but felt like a bland, awkward, paler Megatron. His jokes kind of fell short, and there were no haha moments.
The whole reason why we have all these heroes together is so they can poke fun and jibe at each other, which I didn’t feel like there was much of. But it’s Marvel, and it’s the Avengers. If there’s any movie that you should watch, it should be this one…right? If only for the credits at the end (there’s a scene after the credits, but not after the full credits)
Marvel, please don’t stuff up Captain America: Civil War. I will never forgive you.
Rating: 3 out of 5
See it for the action scenes.
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