“Avengers: Age of Ultron” released to theaters

Matthew Harris

Marvel’s latest installment in the
Avengers series, “Avengers: Age of
Ultron,” came to theatres on May 1
and was accompanied by very high
expectations. These expectations
were based off of the already barsetting
prequel, “The Avengers.”
The point where most Marvel
movies shine is visual effects. Marvel
enjoys immersing the viewer in their
world through their highly budgeted
films, from the beginning to the end
of the movie. In Marvel’s “Avengers:
Age of Ultron,” Marvel had succeeded
in stunning visuals for most of the
film, except the very start.
One is thrown straight into the action
and even though there was constant
battle for the first 10 minutes,
the battle just didn’t seem as clean
cut as all of the others in the film.
Marvel probably had the budget to
fix this early issue, but regardless it
still didn’t take away any from the
rest of the movie.
Another point that seemed rather
strong was the villain, Ultron. His dialogue
and general interactions with
other characters was one of the high
points of the film. Ultron had taken
on the characteristics of Tony Stark
(Robert Downey Jr.), so Ultron was
guaranteed to have some of the better
lines in the film.
The only let down that came with
Ultron was near the end of the film,
in which, at least combat wise, he
turned out to be a rather disappointing
“final boss.”
The characters were good and as well
performing as well. From the
nitpicking between Tony Stark and
Captain America (Chris Evans),
to Thor’s (Chris Hemswoth) outlandish
dialect, the characters were still
just as entertaining in this movie
as the predecessor.
Something this new movie had
different from its predecessor was
the new bond developing between
Black Widow (Scarlett Johannsson)
and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).
The humor that Marvel is known
for was also well executed in the film.
The simple and enjoyable one liners
u s e d throughout the movie
were good. There was even one running
joke used throughout the film, which had
been introduced within the first
five minutes and wasn’t used up
until the last 20.
Whether a joke was in a very relalaxed
environment or a serious battle,
the execution was always
well done and didn’t drag on.
One of the weaker, if not the
weakest, elements of the movie,
was the character development. The
character development wouldn’t
have been as much of a problem if
they would have avoided the topic
all together. Instead, you are thrown
into multiple flashbacks, with only
one of the character’s flashbacks adding
anything to the plot.
There is no difference, no change
in character for those in the Avengers,
if you compare the beginning to
the end. Most if not all of the characters
that are part of the Avengers
already came pre-packaged, meaning
that they were already developed
well enough already.
Even with the rather small flaws,
in the grand scheme of things, the
movie was solid overall. The movie
is worth seeing on the big screen, but
when it stops being in theatres, Blu-
Ray can suffice. Good acting and actors
coupled with great visual effects
can carry any future Avengers and
Marvel movies.
Upcoming Marvel include “Ant-
Man,” starring Paul Rudd as Scott
Lang, the vigilante, pint sized super
hero. “Ant-Man” is to be released
July 17, 2015. Marvel is also set to
produce a new Captain America
movie entitled, “Captain America:
Civil War,” set to release May 6,
2016.

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