Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Failed to Serve Its New Villain [Review]

The second installment of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is not a complete lackluster as some might say. Joss Whedon’s direction is still enjoyable, funny and action-worthy from beginning to the end. The decision to open right in the middle of an action sequence is, admit this, brilliant. Now the Avengers is a team with brand and experience and all the members return, each with deeper personal stories. We have Iron Man and his cocky attitude, which leads to the creation of Ultron The Evil A.I. aka James Spader Gone Terminator. Captain America’s good-nature stuck out in contrast to Tony Stark’s, giving fans potential wet-dreams of what Civil War would bring. The romance between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner is kind of misplaced, unexpected even. But, in my opinion, it adds a nice humane side to the already gargantuan script. Thor, sadly, goes back to his recurring comical role and ‘saves the day’. We are also introduced to two new characters, or superhuman as they are call here. I enjoyed Evan Peters’ Quicksilver better, and I find Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda a bit too Charmed, but that doesn’t mean they are not entertaining. The character’s story line that doesn’t fit quite right is Hawkeye’s and his secretive family. Sure, it’s a welcome change to see the superhero as normal folks, but it lacks the emotional tug.

Like everyone else I do enjoy the final mega battle, but the scene when Thor dived right through the fallen Island to save Steve Rogers – what a rush! (especially when you watched it in Imax 3D). The choreographed action and Ben Davis’ cinematography were astounding during the two and half hours ride. New film locations, such as Seoul, South Africa, and Italian mountainside gives a fresh nudge to fiction movie, proving Joss is one detailed guy.

Promising a new, tougher eponymous villain in Age of Ultron, I feel this aspect of the film failed to serve its purpose. Ultron can seem menacing, psychopathic at times, yet there were never times that I felt threatened. He is just another robot (okay, an AI), and his sarcastic behaviour doesn’t help to convey him otherwise; I find X-Men’s Sentinels more terrifying. There were a surprise cameo of Android’s The Vision, which is nice turn of event…. yet awkward at the same time. What is the point of his role? Or was that the aim since Avengers has always been an overloaded team? In the end, don’t expect an equivalent to Loki for the new villain, instead, let yourself be entertained by the ensemble’s chemistry because we know they excel awesomely at that.

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