The second installment of the Avengers film franchise hit theaters everywhere today, and it’s the biggest and most anticipated film coming out of Marvel Studios so far. The largest question being, can Marvel do it again? The answer? Oh yes, Marvel most certainly can. Avengers: Age of Ultron just seems to further the point that Marvel Studios can’t seem to do any wrong.
All of your favorite Avengers are back and hit the ground running in the very first scene. Captain America leads his fellow teammates, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, against the villainous creation, Ultron. The Avengers are forced to face one of their biggest challenges yet: their deepest, darkest fears. The only question remaining is whether or not they can face them in time to stop Ultron from destroying the world.
Joss Whedon once again takes the driver’s seat for this momentous blockbuster proving for a second time just why legions of fans idolize his every action. His love of comics and Marvel are proven again as Avengers: Age of Ultron becomes another affectionate love letter. Whedon creates a well-balanced film that not only showcases some amazing visuals and action sequences, but a more dramatic and grittier side that just adds to the development of the characters. This is especially true with the Black Widow and Hawkeye.
Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow (Above) Jeremy Renner – Hawkeye (Below)
Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton have yet to be blessed with their own standalone movies. Their roles as supporting characters have kept much of their background nonexistent in past films. Whedon opens up their stories enough to allow some larger insight into each’s characterization, allowing the viewer to get to know the two a little better. The best part? Whedon does this and balances it just enough that it does not take away from the main focus of the film. It isn’t a joke when critics say that Whedon has a knack with working with large ensemble casts.
(From left to right) Chris Hemsworth – Thor, Robert Downey Jr – Tony Stark, Chris Evans – Captain America
I would love to talk about Mr. Evans, Mr. Hemsworth, and Mr. Downey Jr., but they honestly have their roles down and should give nothing short of amazing performances after as many films that they each have under their individual belts. No, the ones to watch this time around are Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Renner and also Mark Ruffalo. In Mr. Ruffalo’s case, this becomes the first time that an actor has played Bruce Banner twice for a movie, and he solidifies the reason why he should continue to do more. Two other characters, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, are played by well-known, versatile actors, Arron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. Both are exceptional additions to the cast as well as intriguing characters.
Elizabeth Olsen – Scarlet Witch and Arron Taylor-Johnson – Quicksilver
As amazing as the film was, I will not lie and say that I didn’t have issues. These are very tiny issues in comparison and really are due to my love of the comic books. I had a difficult time separating the world of the comics from a couple of story lines that the movie offered. Honestly, it was small, and by no means, a reason to scare other comic book fans like myself. I just ask that you treat the film world as you would any of the multiple comic book universes. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a part of the Marvel Studios universe and is very much its own world.
Should you take your children to Avengers: Age of Ultron?
As this is a family friendly blog, we do need to answer the question of what age child this movie would be appropriate for. The action, violence, and language run pretty much in line with the previous Avengers film. If you feel that your child shouldn’t watch the first one, best not to take them to this. It consists of the same types, but just a lot more of it in this film. It is rated PG-13.
If you and your family are assembling shields, hammers, and hulk fists at this very moment, because you just can’t stand the excitement? Then get ready to wave them in the air with pride and joy. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the summer movie blockbuster you just can’t miss out on.
If you enjoyed my Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review, when I’m not doing movie reviews for Emily on Our Knight Life you can find me blogging at A Geeky Girls Guide to Life. All photos are belong to Marvel with permission to post. I was provided a free ticket to review this movie.
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