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writing from a not-so-secret location in Washington, DC

I just caught Marvel Studios' latest epic, Avengers: Age of Ultron in 3D, though truth be told I think you'll have just as engaging an experience without the additional dimension (and cost).

I believe so because the Regal theater in Washington, DC (where I saw the movie) actually began spooling the 2D version, and while I noticed the difference, apparently few other people did.

My plan originally was to watch the regular version, THEN clue the management into to their error (perhaps finagling a free ticket in the process) . It was a nice plan, but all for naught because the film was stopped about ten minutes in, and the version everyone paid for, began.

And it's an amazing movie, though what struck me most of all was how well Joss Whedon was able to manage so many characters, and still have everything still be cohesive and engaging.

And before anyone shrugs that off, keep in mind that Spider-Man 3 actually focused on less characters than Age of Ultron, yet it was a mess.

The thing is, you can almost instantly tell if you're watching a movie written by Joss Whedon because everyone, to a fault, has the right thing to say, at the right time.

No matter the situation, no one is ever at a loss of words.

Which can be a double-edged sword in that the dialog more often than not is genuinely witty, though it would be nice if once in awhile a character didn't quite have the perfect thing thing to say to fit whatever situation they happened to end up in.

Though truth be told, that's a minor quibble that in should by no mean distract from your enjoyment of the movie.

And it's a lot of fun, though keep in mind that this is from the mind of Joss Whedon–and unlike the first movie, which was written with Zak Penn–which means that you shouldn't be too surprised to know that a superhero dies in this movie.

Though what makes it such an interesting–and brave–move is that it's a character that you really grow to care about, which is pretty ballsy, no matter how you look at it.


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