(Gave up on writing a review for the video game series; just wasn't motivated.)
Spoilers ahead. Just making that clear.
My boyfriend and I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron during opening weekend and something happened to us that had never happened before; we had to stand in line. There was a freaking line for the movie! And we had even come to see it on the second day! It was kind of a surreal experience, sitting in a movie theater almost full of people. But an almost full movie theater makes seeing the movie all the better.
To get things started, here is the trailer for the movie:
Super intense, right? The people who have the job of making movie trailers did a real good job with this one.
So, some good things about the movie (as if the whole thing wasn't stupid honkin' fabulous):
1. The opening scene.
You all know the one scene where the whole team is attacking a Hydra base and they are all in a slow, dramatic frame? Just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, here it is:
(Best one I could find, and yes, I hate the fact that it's f-ing backwards too.)
In another trailer that featured this scene, I honestly did not expect it to one of the opening scenes. I figured it would come later in the movie. But no, the movie opened with this incredible attack on Hydra, totally hooking you and not letting you go. A surprising scene, but a pleasantly surprising scene. When the whole team was in the slow frame, it totally made me think 'ohmygod, that's so cool.'
2. The 'Who else can lift Thor's hammer?' scene.
Part of it here:
The whole theater erupted in laughter when (at 1:13) the hammer moved a little for Steve. The look on Thor's face was freaking priceless! The hammer freaking moved! A little! You know what means, right? In another time and place, Steve could have potentially wielded Mjölnir and been super powerful and junk. I mean, considering his character, you have to admit that he deserves to be at least somewhat worthy.
3. The ongoing 'Language' joke/gag/whatever-you-call-it.
Sadly no clip for this, but for those of you that have seen the movie, you know what I mean. To those that haven't, I will explain this. In the opening scene, after Tony hits the force field surrounding the Hydra base, he swears, and Steve reprimands him by saying 'language' in a bit of a parental tone. This turns into everyone giving him a hard time about it throughout the movie. In a good-natured way, of course. The audience got a real kick out of those little moments.
4. Hawkeye has a freaking family (Ermygerd!!!).
No clip...would have made things a little easier, but oh well. Hawkeye having a family was a huge surprise. Totally did not expect that. He had a wife and not one, but two kids and even one on the way, and I was like 'wow, those kids have one of the coolest dads ever.' Though I loved the fact that at least one of the Avengers had a legitimate family (Thor's doesn't count; way too complicated over there), I was a little disappointed at first. I'll explain that later.
5. Comedic moments that had everyone in stitches.
My God, this movie was full of small funny and even big funny moments. When Tony was inside the Hydra base and found the secret door, his cute little 'yay' cracked everyone up. But there was one scene where the whole theater just erupted in laughter and went on for a good few minuets was when Vision first came to life. He picked up Mjölnir like it was no trouble and handed it to a trying-not-to-seem-completely-dumbfounded Thor. No one was expecting that, and we all got quite a laugh out of it. I thought that was really cool. Did not see that coming at all.
Okay, those are all the major good things. Now, onto the things that I have minor issues with (I'm a little finicky about things sometimes):
1. Ultron has a personality.
Remember when Ultron had a typical monotone robot voice?
(I know this clip is a more recent cartoon version of him, but you get my point.)
Well, in the movie, they decided to give him an almost human personality. Granted, it was an incredibly sadistic and completely crazy personality, but a personality nonetheless. I'm not saying it was bad, but I'm a person who likes tradition when it comes to comic book characters. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? I was a little surprised that Ultron had a personality, but I think it fit in with the movie nicely. Though I wonder how the movie would have been had Ultron been emotionless as he was in the cartoons and comics.
2. No Hawkeye/Black Widow romance, but Hulk/Black Widow romance.
I've been a huge shipper of Hawkeye and Black Widow since the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon. Here's a tribute to them on YouTube:
(Made by Gemma Jones.)
I mean, come on. They would make an awesome power couple. What's not to like about them? But in the movie, that does not happen. This is why I was slightly disappointed that movie Hawkeye had a wife and family. On top of that, I was a little unsure about Black Widow and Hulk being romantic, because of me liking tradition. But I eventually warmed up to it, mostly because Nat and Bruce come from very harsh and troubling pasts and have a hard time finding a place to fit in. (The sexual tension between those two throughout the movie was really potent; glad they at least got one kiss in.)
3. Wanda Maximoff's outfit.
I'm calling her Wanda because she wasn't really 'Scarlet Witch' until the end of the movie. In any case, here is how she looked in the movie:
I'm not saying that her look was bad, it was actually very cool. But I was kinda hoping for something more...costume-y. But, considering what they make her wear in the comics:
I guess it's understandable the director would have a hard time making something like that look good in live-action. I mean, sheesh, that must be hard to put on. But they could have at least made the live-action Wanda wear something that was less like she was going out to a rock concert.
4. Quicksilver's death.
We all knew there was going to be a death in this movie, right? But to be honest, I did not expect him to be the one to kick the bucket. Here's his death scene:
Very poor quality, but you can still feel really bad for Wanda. Losing a twin is like losing half of yourself. I would have liked for Quicksilver to have lived so that we could have potentially seen him in other Marvel movies. He was a bit obnoxious, but you warm up to him as the movie goes on.
5. Lack of Falcon action.
Why have him in the movie if he doesn't do anything? At least War Machine got to help out near the end. Where was Falcon during all the nonsense of the Ultron takeover? He just shows up at the very end, suited up, excited to be an Avenger, but that's it. In future movies, I really hope that he gets a lot more screen time.
Well, that's my review for the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hope you all liked it. Comment below if you want to discuss anything or if I missed something.