I went to Avengers: Age of Ultron last night and I must say, as a superhero fan I loved it. It had everything I could ask for (Except Thanos) but was very successful with Marvel's humor, the action (kind of) and of course the vast supply of characters and growth. I want to lay out some of the things i thought were done very well but I also want to acknowledge like any movie this film had some shortcomings.
Things done well.
1) Hawkeye. Definately. Although I believe this was done because of some fan dismay of Clint Barton in the first film I still believe they did a great job giving him more screen time and making him important to the story. It was great seeing those kind of connections in a movie like this, sure, our heroes often have romances or important person in their life but not often do you see one with a family. Clint really came to life this movie and i think that connected with fans, being able to see a superhero have a somewhat normal life outside saving the world.
2) Addition of new characters. They were awesome too. Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision along with glimpses of War Machine, and Falcon were a breath of fresh air. The last 9 years, Marvels been building, but with a specific group to grow to the Avengers, which was amazing. Having said that seeing Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Cap year after year after year may have gotten a little repetitive, I love the films as much as the next guy but you wanna see something different once in a while. I know they've done others, and launching Ant Man this summer will be great, but having new heroes introduced with so much story and awesome abilities was great to watch. I loved the casting as well, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen i thought gave very respectable performances, even with the accent, which at times seemed a bit too much but good none the less. And bring Paul Bettany to life after so long in the MCU was amazing. Hats off to the casting agent/s at Marvel. Can't wait to see Josh Brolin bring Thanos to life in a big way.
3) The Action, yes and no. First I just wanna say wasn't the Hulk Buster verse Hulk fight amazing! With that said though, a few other scenes drove me nuts. Most of the fighting was awesome, everyone using their abilities, slow-mo for Quicksilver and overall baddassness. However some of the scenes were so shaky and hard to see it almost made me sick. I understand the point of view they're showing but I'd rather be able to clearly see Thor beating someones butt rather then a shaky cam barely making out their outline. One of my biggest pet peeves in cinema are fight scenes filmed like this. If you're going to have two baddies beating each other up make sure the viewer can follow it and not get motion sickness. I don't know how everyone else feels about this but that's just my opinion, hold the camera still!
Somethings I didn't care for though.
1) I'll say it. The Plot. Now, hear me out. I love the idea of Tony trying to protect the world, I love that in an order of events Vision was born. But guys, they recycles the same formula from the first Avengers. I know. Nitpicking. I love the film, really but when your heroes are drawn together, suppose to have an argument and not get along, then decide we have to work together to stop the bad guy. Cliche. But it works, and I know why they do it. It sells, still fun to watch, no doubt, but it still bothers me we always recycle plots and nowadays are fewer and fewer original ideas, granted it's a lot harder now with all the movies that have been made, i just wish we could find a new formula. But it succeeded in entertaining us, and that's what we pay for.
2) Natasha and Bruce. What? Okay. I can dig that they're bringing romances, and relationships into this because I believe these movies could use more of it, but, this just kind of seemed off. In the comics, Clint and Natasha have a romance. So to see Bruce and her was a head turner. I can appreciate Marvel for maybe trying to do something different for the MCU but, I don't think this is what they were looking for. In the film there were a lot of nice moments though between the two, especially talking about being the only monster on the team while being safe housed at the Bartons. While these moments were okay I don't think they set the tone for a full on relationship though, when did they spend the time together to fall for each other? How did they keep it a secret from the team? I think it left for more questions than anything and it bothered me that it was kind of curve balled at the audience but to each their own I suppose.
3) Quicksilver's death. Really Marvel, come on. You don't kill anyone. Coulson, Nick Fury, Tony, Bucky, Pepper, Groot, Loki, where does it end. If you really believe Quicksilver's dead, you're a fool. I'm tired of these Marvel death fake outs. It get's old, either kill someone off or quit playing us. This could be an entire other article because I could go on about this for quite some time. I just don't understand why they keep trying to do this to us, it doesn't phase us (most of us) and really is just annoying. Plus, Quicksilver being shot, really? He demonstrated being faster then a bullet two times before this end scene! You may say but it was a hail storm of bullets, I don't care! He's Quicksilver! He already dodged numerous bullets and took one in the arm for a sick scar to show his sisters girlfriends. Marvel, there's nothing more I can say about it, quit doing it.
But that's enough for my raving and ranting, what did you guys think of the film? Love it, hate it? Were you like me? What were your favorite parts? Thank you all and enjoy your movies!