The Avengers are back! This time we see a more experienced avengers team taking on the powerful Ultron in a very rushed and messy sequel. I’ll be the first to admit that there’s plenty of enjoyable moments in this movie however as a cohesive experience it suffers severely. Let’s take a closer look at how the Avengers and Joss Weddon did on their second time around.
The first Avengers worked so well because it brought together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the first time and seeing the characters interact was all the enjoyment we needed. This time around it loses some of its flair and needs to be bigger in order to keep the audience’s attention. It definitely does throw a lot at you with that intention between Ultron, Hulkbuster, Vision, and planting the seeds for all phase 3 movies. The biggest problem is that all of these ideas are rushed through and make the movie feel very choppy.
In fact Age of Ultron is made up of a lot of awesome scenes and ideas. The opening fight scene through the snowy woods showcases a lot of awesome action yet has no buildup or setup leaving us just confused as to what is going on for the first 5 minutes of the movie. Then we cut to party scene that while it is hilarious, tries to say that these heroes have been going on routine missions together and hanging out when almost an entire phase of movies shows otherwise.
Let’s talk about Ultron. James Spader was and still is a great choice to play Ultron, the problem with Ultron is his legacy. We know Ultron is supposed to be a huge threat to the avengers and the movie tries to portray him as such. We as the audience however aren’t shown much of Ultron doing anything besides talking and looking cool. We never see the threat and gravity that a villain like Ultron should have. It feels like many scenes were cut or Joss Weddon just didn’t know what to do with the character in this jumbled plot.
The twins were fine. It’s a serious case of bad timing as even now, years after it’s release X-men’s Quicksilver is Still much more memorable than this iteration. Scarlet Witch is still trying to find her groove and the movie never fully explains her powers so we never really know just how powerful she is. It’s the same issue with Vision who is shown to be extremely powerful with no particular weakness or limits. That being said his moment with the hammer is still pretty awesome.
Lastly, this movie’s biggest problem, that brings its pacing to a grinding halt is the obligatory set up scenes. Thor in the pool, Talking about Infinity stones , etc. They are important for the big picture but slow this movie down and make no impact on the plot or on the avengers plan to stop Ultron.
Avengers: Age of Ultron looks and feels like a corporate product. While the first avengers felt like a passion project, this one felt like it was following a technical formula. It ironically felt devoid of human emotion much like Ultron himself.
“The city is flying and we’re fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. Nothing makes sense”