WARNING: VERY MINOR SPOILERS FOR AGE OF ULTRON AHEAD
We never do find out how old Ultron is in this movie, unfortunately. Oh, well.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is good. There is no denying that. Of course it’s going to be at least good, you have your all-star cast, your all-star special effects, and your all-star director. This movie was being run by people who knew what they were doing. But you also have your Marvel people who are picky with Joss Whedon’s directing and writing. They have to make it suitable for casual audiences and not just for the crazy comic book fans who will nit-pick every single thing changed from the comic series and things they didn’t like generally about the movie. This means cutting. Apparently the original film is supposed to be three and a half hours long. I think in that cutting, the movie gained a few flaws.
First off, parts of the movie feel rushed. In the beginning, the basic explanation of how it went down goes like this:
Tony Stark: We’re gonna build Ultron!
*20 seconds later*
Tony Stark: We built Ultron!
As you can probably tell, we don’t see the process of building Ultron at all. It’s done in a sort of time-lapse kind of thing of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner building him. It doesn’t work for me. I want to see more. The plot here feels uneven and cut up, which it really was. The other thing are the forced scenes that Marvel has to put in there to foreshadow events that happen later. We get taken away from the experience of the movie and the story going on to foreshadow events happening in two years, which, to be honest, are completely forgettable. And the example I just gave wasn’t subtle at all; it felt like PAY ATTENTION TO THIS, IT’S IMPORTANT. There is subtleness in Captain America’s shield being broken in half during Tony Stark’s vision at the beginning of the movie, this hinting at “Captain America: Civil War,” in which Tony Stark and good ol’ Cap have conflict. I won’t spoil any more of the film, but other things in the movie feel put in and then never mentioned again. EMOTIONAL things. You probably know what I’m talking about if you see the movie. It’s like *sad music plays* and then back to some action, with no one mentioning or caring about what happened. We don’t feel the character’s pain, which doesn’t feel real or make sense to me.
However, there is good to be found in this movie. First off, the action is great, of course. I was stuffing my face with popcorn with thrill after thrill ahead. The dialogue is smooth and real, and the camerawork is fine. All the portrayals of the characters are great (As always, Robert Downey Jr. stands out as Iron Man with his sarcastic wit) which will lead me to the thing that really makes this movie for me; the humor. Like the first movie, this is a funny movie. And it’s balanced very well. It is never forced, and it always feels real. I could honestly feel that if my friends and I were in these sort of situations we would be saying this stuff to each other. There are very little moments in the movie that just work like this, and we can move on from the laugh smoothly. I’ll put some of my favorites in here:
Tony Stark: [Entering a room full of Hydra soldiers] Guys, lets talk about this…
[Shoots all the Hydra men non-fatally with tiny guided missiles]
Tony Stark: Good talk.
Background voice: No, it wasn't!
Tony Stark: [Searching for secret door] Please be a secret door, please be a secret door, please be a secret door…
[Finds and opens secret door]
Tony Stark: *In high pitched squeaky voice* Yay!
Tony Stark: What's the vibranium for?
Ultron: I'm glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan...
You can probably tell I like Tony Stark a lot.
Overall, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a fun time. It knows what it is and doesn’t try to be more than that: a fun, funny, awesome good time at the movies. And for most people who go to the movies, that’s what they’re looking for; a fun time.