When, Ultron, a malfunctioning advanced security system built by Tony Stark wants to eradicate the inhabitants it was initially programmed to protect, The Avengers must reassemble to protect the human race.
I aim to keep this as short and sweet as possible as it’s always best to avoid spoilers; but even more so given the excitement most will have going into this much-anticipated sequel. Now a regular pattern, blockbuster franchise sequels usually end up surpassing the original as cream of the crop. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers… and now (although we’re yet to see the third installment of the trilogy), I would comfortably place Avengers: Age of Ultron amongst those behemoths. I’m sure Avengers: Infinity War will prove to be just as much a classic; but, for me, there will always be a certain magical charm attached to the second film. I like to view it in a way that the first movie tosses the ball in the air, the second film hits it for a home run, then the third movie cheers the hitter round the field (I have no knowledge of baseball so I apologise if I’ve just made a mockery of the games rules).
The first film was brilliant, bringing all of our favourite superheroes to the screen, leaving most of us in awe with bright larger-than-life characters, impressive action sequences, and basic but triumphant storytelling. The sequel brings much of the same… and then some. You really get the sense that everyone involved in this movie has really hit their stride; most notably Joss Whedon. You have to give this man credit as one of the most talented blockbuster directors out there today. He really excels at getting the most out of a large ensemble cast and he’s proved it once again with Age of Ultron. I eagerly anticipate what he has next up his sleeve once he returns from his much deserved rest from the filmmaking game (but hopefully not for too long).
As a fan of Marvel in general, I may be a little biased when reviewing this movie but I can’t help but feel this will stand the test as one of the true classics of blockbuster films. I’m not surprised to see this make a killing at the box office, as the promotion leading up to its release has been spot on; and it hasn’t disappointed in my opinion. Although it comes in just under two and a half hours long, it completely flew by. Even if you’re not a fan of Marvel, I recommend watching this on the basis of pure cinema entertainment alone.
5 Hulkbusters out of 5
by Simon Garganera Price