After 3 years of much anticipation, the sequel to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is finally out! The various movie trailers (especially the one featuring the awesome Hulkbuster) which I’ve watched countless times already have definitely got me hyped up for it. However, this may have caused me to enjoy the movie a little less than I did; after all, I did walk in with extremely high, and hence, unrealistic expectations.
In the opening scene the Avengers team swoops in for a raid. Lots of fighting and action all around, explosions almost everywhere. Age of Ultron takes no prisoners, kick-starting the movie with a bang.
The movie plays around with the idea of a constant switching of alliances. Usually, the Avengers would be working as a unit to complete a mission, such as they did in the first movie or even the first scene. But in this movie, a sense of Hydra vs SHIELD results in two opposing views developing within and potentially splitting the Avengers’ ranks. While not exactly being a terrible idea (actually, I thought it was an amazing idea!) it does cause quite a bit of confusion and makes keeping track of the different characters’ intentions unnecessarily difficult to follow.
The scene with the Hulkbuster is at the top of my list. I mean, how often do you see the Hulk being challenged to one-on-one combat? Despite the promise of an all-macho display of brawn and carnage, the scene is also really amusing in the way it does when two muscle-bound meatheads get together to beat each other’s brains out.
As with every Marvel movie to date, the use of humour in this movie is spot-on. While the scene in which each of the male Avengers hilariously take turns to lift Thor’s hammer has been in the public domain for months as a teaser trailer, it is just a warm up for another scene which, although equally comical, has lots of significance to subsequent events in the movie. In setting up and foreshadowing plot details, I feel that the sequel has more to offer when it comes to the aptness of the humour.
However, when it comes to the closing scene, I found that the original had a way more satisfying ending. Although both movies end in a similar fashion, there was less ‘What the..?’ and ‘Huh, that’s it?’ at the end of the first movie. The closure of Avengers: Age of Ultron, in contrast, feels a little less complete and a little too abrupt [it’s probably suffering from middle-movie syndrome. Ed.].
I love the choreography of the fight scenes. While each member of the Avengers has their own unique fighting style, they complement each other really well, such as Thor and Captain America’s combo attack. I won’t elaborate any further, ‘cos, y’know, spoilers.
On the whole, Age of Ultron is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that is well worth the price of admission. I’m no movie expert but I’ll give it a strong 7 out of 10 anyway. So, if you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend that is full of action and humour, buy yourself a ticket to the Avengers: Age of Ultron… and hail Hydra!