I had a very special opportunity with this film, I was able to view it twice within 24 hours. That was much needed because there is so much happening at all times during this film. Other movies with multiple protagonists or antagonists tends to suffer from a cumbersome plot and this one skirts that line so strongly. That is not to say that the movie is bad because of this, it’s just so noticeable that when it has a slow moment, you feel yourself catching your breath.
The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon, who was the director and screenplay writer for the first film. The cast for this film is unreal, I’m not going to list them all but just about every major player from the past Marvel movies who constitutes as a good guy made some sort of appearance. We have 3 new characters in this installment. Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision are the newcomers this time around.
The Vision was a very welcomed addition to the cast but I do have to admit, he did get a bit close to the uncanny valley (if you are unsure what that is, click here). In his action scenes, he looked great, but in the close up dialog heavy parts, it was very rough to look directly at him. I was very happy to see that they kept his general design from the source material. His powers seemed to be the same as well. Phasing into enemies and ripping out the insides, using the mind gem as a power beam, flying around and punching through things, it was great.
The rest of cast brought all they could to the rolls and whether it was the director, editing or acting, the comedic timing was perfect. Every time there was tense moment or dramatic moment, something comedic was said to remind us that this is supposed to be fun. Joss Whedon was once quoted saying “Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” I think this is a fantastic way to tell a superhero story and this movie has that in spades.
Ultron falls perfectly into this by seeing the human race as the problem and to save the world, humans need to be extinct. Everytime I saw anyone interact with Ultron, I didn’t want it to end because he was so captivating. Apparently on set, James Spader wore a suit and facial trackers with marks for actors to look at, Elizabeth Olsen was so entranced by James’ acting that she would forget to look at the balls above James’ head. Aaron Taylor-Johnson would then yell “Red Balls! Look at his balls, Lizzie!” This is just the caliber of acting James’ brings to the eerily, omnipotent, destructive Ultron.
The action scenes are full of excitement and destructiveness as you would expect. The first one in the movie is the Avengers are raiding Baron Von Strucker’s base. It was a blast to be immediately impacted with what we came to see. As Joss said in an interview, we came to see the Avengers kick ass, not what Shield or Loki has been up to. The next action packed scene was the first real fight with Ultron and the Twins. This fight was contained for a little bit but then lead into a huge fight with Mind Controlled Hulk and Tony’s Hulkbuster suit. This battle was amazing to watch as it was something that I knew would be incredibly destructive.
The first part is when they are trying to evacuate the city and fighting off Ultron bots. I really enjoyed how much action was being presented as it felt big but was preparing me for a biggest fight. Later as the city is rocketing into the atmosphere, there is a lot more saving people and less fighting robots until the final showdown with all the Avengers vs all of Ultron. This final confrontation was so massive but so incredibly contained that it was a major strain on the senses. My second viewing was so much better as I was prepared for the fight.
My Gripes with the film are that there are moments that don't fit the movie or feel weird and out of place. The first is Hawkeye’s family, it was a massive change of pace and felt very artificial to the rest of the plot. I understand that they wanted to give more humanity to these god-like characters but in doing so, made them feel more distant. The other thing that was very forced was Black Widow and Bruce’s relationship. It really didn’t work for the portions of the movie they tried to make it work. Even at the end when Widow kisses Bruce and pushes him off the edge, it felt wrong. The final thing that bothered me was how quickly the plot moved along, a movie shouldn’t need to be viewed twice to catch everything, this consensus is also shared amongst a lot of my friends.
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