Just when I thought I was out, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ pulled me back in.
I can’t remember the last time a summer past by without a super hero film and it’s not excessive to suggest that Hollywood was spreading itself very thin.
Aside from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ the list of impressive super hero films over the last few years have been few and very far between.
In 2012 ‘Avengers Assemble’ was a huge success for director Joss Whedon.
With the expectation to deliver extremely high, it was always going to be difficult for Whedon to replicate the brilliance of the first Avengers movie.
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is not only a worthy sequel, it’s an addictively enjoyable two hours plus of cinema.
The starts with an Avengers led assault on the fictitious city of Sokovia.
On defeating Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the Avengers recover Loki’s sceptre.
Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) attempt to harness the power of the sceptre only for it to backfire.
The sceptre creates artificial-intelligence which not only proves inhospitable towards the Avengers but threatens the entire existence of man on Earth.
The artificial-intelligence is called Ultron (James Spader) and sets out to save the world by destroying the human race.
If you thought the chemistry between the likes of Thor, Captain America and Iron Man was good in ‘Avengers Assemble’ then it’s taken to a whole new level in the sequel.
Robert Downey Jnr, who is the very embodiment of Tony Stark, is fantastic and any idea that the franchise can continue to be successful without him is seriously misguided.
Downey Jnr utters some of the movie’s best lines and the scenes shared with the other Avengers are excellent.
Downey Jnr, who is the very embodiment of Tony Stark, is fantastic and any idea that the franchise can continue to be successful without him is seriously misguidedAndrew Quinn - Derry Journal film critic
James Spader, despite only providing the voice for movie villain Ultron, is quite good as well. Spader manages to give Ultron a proper personality thereby making the character a very memorable part of the film.
The film isn’t perfect though. The plot is a little clunky and some scenes are so cringe worthy that it baffles me how the actors managed to keep straight faces.
The film twists and turns its way towards a very satisfactory ending and the action sequences are put together tremendously well.
An Avengers film wouldn’t be an Avengers film without a sense of humour and I am glad to report that the jokes throughout are top class.
The film’s self-deprecation works a treat and sometimes gives you the shake you need to remind you that you are in fact watching a movie which is all about fantasy and make believe.
It’s difficult to know if the Avengers as we know them will all return but one thing is for sure, they will be back on the big screen soon.
VERDICT: 4/5 - Joss Whedon has done it again. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is as enjoyable, if not more so, than 2012’s ‘Avengers Assemble’. Everything that made ‘Avengers Assemble’ memorable is present and correct here but the different additions to the franchise are excellent. The special effects are outstanding and the film’s self-depreciation works tremendously well. I am already planning a second viewing.