Is Avengers Worth Seeing? Is it Worth Seeing Twice? Our Spoiler-Free Review of Avengers
Avengers: Age of Ultron Spoiler Free Movie Review
This, the second Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is as good, if not better, than the original Avengers film that hit in 2012.
Why is it better? Simple: This edition of the Cinematic Avengers adds depth to previously little plumbed characters, introduces new characters effectively, features an easy to hate/easy to love new villain, contains great dialogue, and sets up the coming conflict in the next Captain America movie, ominously sub-titled as "Civil War."
This review will try to explain why the new Avengers movie is great without giving away any major spoilers. We will soon post a second review full of spoilers if that is your cup of tea.
To start with, any successful Avengers movie must continue to feature and add depth to the six main hero characters that came together to stop Loki in their origin story/movie. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye all have major roles in this film, with significant dialogue and character development especially for the last three in that list. Since Mark Ruffalo has taken over the role of Dr. Bruce "Hulk" Banner, our Jade Giant has not enjoyed a solo movie, and neither Black Widow nor Hawkeye have been allowed their own adventures on screen yet. Perhaps to make up for this, all three of them enjoy significant screen-time and plot twists that add depth to their characters and, in the case of two of them, important aspects of the plot add to their back stories.
New characters joined the roster of Marvel Movie super-powered characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We caught a glimpse of "The Twins" in the end credit scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier, but in this movie the super-siblings come into their own. Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has super-speed and enhanced reflexes and metabolism. His sister, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), has mental powers such as telekinesis, hypnosis, and energy projection. Both gained these powers as guinea pigs in the experiments of HYDRA scientist Baron Strucker. The third new character is the Vision (Paul Bettany), a synthetic man created by Ultron.
Ultron pops up as the latest Marvel movie villain, and, voiced by James Spader, this robotic rogue is a delight to listen to and a creature to fear. He makes being bad seem almost good. His dialogue is interesting, as he goes from quoting from Pinocchio one moment, to quoting from the New Testament the next.
The dialogue and banter between characters is on par with the first Avengers movie, which is to say, it is great! Whether the Avengers are relaxing together or fighting together, or actually fighting each other, the dialogue seems realistic to each situation. The inherent conflict that arises when super-powered and high-tech-armed heroes with disparate philosophies of how to protect the world get together is seen on stark display in this movie (pun intended!) As we already know, the next movie featuring the Avengers will be Captain America: Civil War, which will feature a violent conflict between heroes led by Captain America on the one side and Iron Man and his super-powered clique on the other.
There are many more positives to talk about that make this movie a fun, and important chapter in Marvel's unfolding cinematic landscape. Unfortunately, describing all the great pieces of this new Avengers movie would take us into spoiler-land, and that is something we are trying to avoid here.
This reviewer is a fan of both the original Marvel comics universe as well as the Marvel movie universe, and is a major fan of this movie. It is worth going to see. Again, and again, and again, and...