This review will have many spoilers in it; therefore if you haven’t watched the movie yet, don’t read this. You should go see it, it’s a great superhero, fun movie to start the summer of 2015 off.
Starting off, this movie is directed and written by Joss Whedon, who has directed the previous Avengers movie and I think he did a fantastic job. The problem and only problem in my opinion of this movie was that there are so many plot points that needed to be filled to keep the individual movies of each of the Avengers going. For instance, right when you want to hear about Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) backstory it shifts suddenly to the romance with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson). Then it throws you into more action that you are unaware of and then Thor is in a well of some sort so he can see things. But that’s not a huge complaint because this could have gone so much worse (see any Spiderman film as of late). There was so much that needed to be shown and I’m fully hoping for a four to four and half hour director’s cut.
Whedon does a great job in my mind of showing action. There’s limited shaky cam, sometimes the camera moves quickly but it never made me nauseous and I could always understand exactly what was going on. I think for a superhero movie, he also did an amazing job with the character’s banter between each other especially at the beginning of the film when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) makes fun of Captain America (Chris Evans) for complaining about him using bad language. The actors and actresses have fitted these roles so well that their conversations feel so natural and I credit that to the writing mainly.
On to the plot:
I really was disappointed that Ultron turned evil so quickly. I understand that they didn’t have much screen time to give him any backstory at all except that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) makes Bruce Banner believe that Ultron is necessary for the team. Then it goes through what Ultron is thinking to him becoming flat out evil. James Spader who voices Ultron did a great job in my opinion. He was truly evil sounding and was threatening. He did a great job as a villain with the audience having a hard time reading his facial cues because he was a metal machine.
I thought that the newcomers were fantastic. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) became my favorite character pretty quickly. I also liked that Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) had a different dynamic to his X-Men counterpart. I liked the Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye conversation in the final fight and I feel that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver got a good backstory in the film when you could feel for what they were saying and doing. It was upsetting to see Quicksilver end his time, but I think Scarlet Witch will do very well in the continuing films.
The Vision (Paul Bettany) was confusing for me to analyze because I don’t really know anything about his character and he seemed kinda boring to me. So I have no real opinion on him.
I went to the bathroom sometime when Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) got into the final fight. There presence felt unnecessary but I won’t criticize the move because it didn’t hurt the film in any way shape or form. I felt the same way about Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The final fight seen was predictable, but superhero movies need that or people won’t watch them anymore. It was satisfying to see them all work as a team. Something about it just feels right. The first/ opening scene was fantastic. I was so over watching the preivews that my attention was starting to waver. But the last scene really set the tone and was a great way to start the movie.
And I hate talking about this but Joss Whedon does not hate women. I will admit that it’s a boy’s club. But, Whedon made Scarlet Witch a very strong character. He also showed how strong Black Widow is by having her basically save Banner and deal with her own demons at the same time. Tony Stark could not even fight his own demons. That’s all I will say on the subject.
All and all, this was a great way to start off the summer. Go see this movie. It’s definitely worth it.