Kyle J. Steenblik

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a Smorgasbord of Awesome

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4 1/2 stars out of 5Avengers: Age of Ultron
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Avengers Age of Ultron posterScreenplay by: Joss Whedon
Based on: The Avengers by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Starring:Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwel, lIdris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Running time: 141 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.

To begin, if you are a Marvel, or Avengers fan Avengers: Age of Ultron will please every bone of fandom you possess.  If you enjoyed the first Avengers film, you will likely enjoy this one, even more.  The first Avengers film was everything I wanted.  It was smart, funny, full of larger-than-life characters, and the end was so packed with action I almost felt overwhelmed.  Now imagine if you will the final battle of New York from the first Avengers film stretched over two hours.  That is not to say Age of Ultron is two hours of solid action, thankfully it is not, that would be exhausting.  Thankfully, this film is so well paced that the massive amounts of action don’t overwhelm the audience.  At least I didn’t feel too overwhelmed.  There were moments when there were so many punches being thrown on the screen I simply could not tell where to focus.  There is a scribble in my notebook that says “I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO LOOK”; I was literally in awe of the densely packed, fast-paced ballet unfolding in 3D.  On top of all this incredible action, we had the pleasure of Joss Whedon’s dialogue also dancing around the screen.  I’m sure at one point someone said, “Less is more” to Joss just before they were fired and he heaped another dialogue heavy sequence between battles.  The fact that this worked is astonishing, and I believe it worked for two main reasons.  The first being we had frequent breaks in the action, and frequent laugh prompts.  During the moments the main action, or the fighting moves out of focus, think of it like stopping to take a breath after jogging a few yards, before you jog another dozen yards.  The second reason this worked was the dynamic established between the characters.  We are a few years after the battle of New York, and it is apparent the team has been working together a lot.  This is how we are lead through one massive battle after another, on the backs of quips, and brilliant teamwork.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure. – Marvel Studios

This film is difficult to discuss in any detail, without spoiling something.  That said, I would say the primary cast, with whom we are all familiar now, did an incredible job.  Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, especially Chris Hemsworth, and Jeremy Renner turned their performances up to 12.  It would be tragic if I didn’t also mention how magnificent James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany were.  I won’t tell you why they were magnificent, because that would rob you of the opportunity to see for yourself.  In fact, I’ll just leave my review at that; you should see this for yourself, because it is almost too big for words.

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