Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron: my review
The movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” finally debuted in the world. It’s time to take a closer look at this super-production. Here’s a review with spoilers.
The spoiler review “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is an opportunity to look at the individual elements of this super production and to evaluate them. At the outset, I would like to point out that this movie is a great entertainment providing mass of impressions, but Joss Whedon in several aspects failed to follow the principle of making a better follow-up, making some important mistakes. Of course, it is difficult to say exactly which ones are his and which result from the general vision of Marvel’s producers at the Cinema Uniwersum. It is best to say that the fault lies on both sides.
The film certainly impresses with the action realized at an extremely effective level. The prologue itself before the appearance of the title is a show of Joss Whedon, who recreates here the idea of the Battle of New York. It is, of course, the impression of a long shot, when the camera circulates on the battlefield and shows us individual members of the group in action. It works great, evokes emotions, cuts on the back and enjoys the eye. The scene in which the heroes fly in a row at enemies in slow motion, is undoubtedly one of the flavors that are eagerly watched. Note that the action works best when Whedon plays with the group’s fighting concept – similarly at the end of the movie, when the characters stand in a circle, struggling with the hosts of Ultron. Then in terms of action, this superproduction rises to the heights and can impress. This does not mean that it is bad in other scenes, by no means! There are many good moments in which stuntmen and special effects specialists provide us with so many impressions that it would be possible to divide them into several films. What stands out positively here are the moments when the heroes cooperate in the fight, when their movements overlap, their cooperation and brotherhood are visible. Then there are emotions, then it works. The icing on the cake is Hulkbuster’s fight with Hulk, which satisfies fully. Many modern blockbusters could learn how to create action scenes at this level. I do not have anything to reproach here, because this sphere of the film provides entertainment, especially since it presents high pace, so you can not complain about boredom.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” has a big problem with the fact that there is virtually nothing behind the spectacular action. It’s nice to look at, it’s fun (Marvel’s humor works solidly), but it does not really matter. The previous part was such a good movie, because we wanted a group of heroes, we watched with interest how their relationships were building and meshing, and we felt emotions. It did matter when everyone became the Avengers after Agent Coulson was killed. It had a completely different meaning, meaning and development of each hero, giving the viewer that something is shaping here. In the sequel, there is no relationship building that would follow the entire movie until the climax. Apart from occasional moments of fighting in a group, I do not feel any connection here, which was clearly visible in the first part. And this is a problem, because through her lack of watching the fights of superheroes does not work just as well for emotions, because as a viewer I do not have the impression that these people depend on them. There are moments with potential, but they have been treated very superficially. That is why the Avengers in this movie do not act as a group as they should and as expected. Also, there are not too many characters in this film, because Whedon is doing great with it, giving each hero a sufficiently long screen time or episode. And it does not bother here, because the problem is the lack of a foundation in the form of a group relationship, whose development should be the key to success.
It can be immediately noticed that the cementing of the team took place at the expense of other plot operations. The film “The Avengers” acted because it focused on the current history and was the great culmination of the cinema’s universe phase. Viewers watched as superheroes learn to collaborate, and now that they’ve learned, there’s no further development. All because Whedon and Marvel decided to treat “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as the introduction to the third phase of the universe. It’s like some series finals: instead of giving the viewers an answer, some culmination and satisfaction, screenwriters focus only on building foundations for the next season. And Joss Whedon does not do anything else here, and it leaves a slight disgust, because the story itself loses its importance, which adversely affects the reception. It is mainly about the dream sequences, which at times seem unnecessary, but at the same time show the heroes as more human persons who feel and are afraid of something. They are not so perfect. What should the vision of Thor, unknown to the Norse mythology and comics, tell the viewer? Some fans will immediately notice that this is the announcement of “Thor: Ragnarok”, but the scene itself is not good, it is not clear and it does not matter much. It is a pity that it was not decided to introduce Loki to her, because his presence would give her a lot. Captain’s dream was clearly to say that he has no dark side, which, due to his conversation with Tony Star, will probably be part of the conflict in “Captain America: Civil War.” The motif with the Black Widow is the best in this list, because in the end he tells us anything about this character and gives her more personality, but is it just me who gives the impression that this is such a silent announcement of a solo movie? I do not see any other possibility, because why should Marvel employ such an actress as Julie Delpy only for a few seconds episode? Tony’s vision is nothing more than a small suggestion of what can happen in “Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1”. Do not forget about the clear conflict between the Captain and Stark, who turned into fisticuffs, so instead of the subtle announcement of future events, standing next to the main story, everything is put in the center, and this reflects on the quality.
The problem is that the entire Ultron thread also loses its sense as an independent story and quickly becomes the next pre-date for the third phase of the MCU. Up to a point, it worked and went in an interesting direction, but when Vision and the Infinite Stone came into play, I got the impression that Whedon had already started laying the groundwork for the arrival of Thanos, because you need to show how the new Stone works. In the end, Thor’s full sequence of dreams in the Kamien Cave began and everything went further in that direction. Somewhere at this point, the director and screenwriter lost the whole sense of the story. Ultron themes fade when trying to announce another portion of movies, and this is not a good solution.
Ultron itself is undoubtedly an interesting villain, which in the background of many others from the MCU stands out positively. James Spader gave this character a lot, but still the impression of untapped potential still remains. Something that seemed to be a bit more serious and with a super-cooler to offer something more than the previous one, lost its charm somewhere. This is of course a slight drawback, because the story itself can draw, entertain and provide good entertainment. However, against the background of Ultron, Ulysses Klaue performs excellently. Andy Serkis creates a villain that steals every scene in this movie and announces that the Black Panther, in which it is most likely a villain, may be very different from other MCU productions.
Whedon managed to greatly expand the characters that in the previous part did not have much to say. It is, of course, Black Wda and Hawkeye, or heroes who still do not have their solo films. And this is a very good idea – in “Ultron Time” we do not have to deal with Captain, Iron Man or Thor as we know them from independent productions, they are already shaped. He may like the development of Hawkeye, who has acquired character, and the motif with his family perfectly adds to his heart. This is something that in a very simple way with a bit of a neglected character makes a man of flesh and blood that is beginning to matter in this group. However, I like the whole love theme of Black Widow and Banner. I did not expect Whedon to show him with such subtlety, almost intimately, but effectively and emotionally. Feel the chemistry between Johansson and Ruffalo, which gives credibility to this relationship. And this is great, but if it were going along with the development of these two characters, cementing the relationship of the group was going to be a perfect solution, which unfortunately ran out.
Whedon coped well with siblings Maximoff, or new characters in the MCU. Accordingly, he showed their past, character and motivations, so as a prelude to their presentation and getting to know it is simply a good direction. Of course, Quicksilver just falls out correctly, because let’s face it – after showing this character in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, doing something better bordered on a miracle. Therefore, I am not surprised that the director decided to kill this hero. The problem is that his departure is of little importance and does not carry the right dose of emotion. It does not work like in the case of Coulson’s agent in the previous part – it only confirmed the goodness of the Maximoffs and showed that they fit the Avengers. That’s all. I suppose that Marvel’s courage and dramaturgy in the case of killing heroes will come only in “Infinity War”. Wanda, on the other hand, has something that immediately arouses sympathy, and showing her power is climatic and important for the story being told. Elizabeth Olsen creates an interesting heroine that can develop over time into someone really important in the MCU. Plus is also Vision, whose relationship with Thor entertains, and the character herself has a lot of charisma.
This film very clearly shows the director’s shortcomings and proves why he could not realize “Avengers: Infinity War”. Whedon in his series always created light, entertaining and humorous stories, such as both parts of the “Avengers”. The problem is that MCU matured in many respects during the second phase – the seriousness and dramaturgy of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or the specific fun of the convention “Guardians of the Galaxy” perfectly show how the universe has changed since the first part of the Avengers adventures. In particular, the Russo brothers have shown that something more serious can be created here, which will evoke emotions and keep in suspense, while maintaining a moderate form of the MCU, humor and comic strip. Whedon could not fit in the maturation of the MCU and give his film something that would develop the concept of group activities of heroes. As “The Avengers” was a great culmination of the first phase, retaining all its advantages and developing the concept, so “Avengers: Age of Ultron” gives the impression of a movie detached from the second phase and being only the third phase prologue. It seems that Whedon’s maximum possibilities in this matter have been seen in The Avengers, which in every respect is a better movie than the sequel.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron”, despite the shortcomings mentioned by me, is still an excellent cinema providing entertainment, emotions and various nerdgasms. In both sessions (IMAX and usual) I played great, noticing a lot of advantages that will make me happy to come back to this spectacle. I am aware, however, of the shortcomings and deficiencies that leave me unsatisfied, because it could, and even should be better. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” should be the best comic movie, but it was not perfect. Instead, we get a good entertainment cinema that meets expectations to a large extent, but not completely.