Rev. Ron’s Bite Size Review of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

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Hey, loyal readers!  Marvel Studios just released its next chapter in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, like the giant geek I am, I was there as soon as humanly possible to watch it.  So, here’s is my Bite Size, Spoiler and GMO-free, all Organic review of Avengers:  Age of Ultron!

What is it?  The latest in the MCU and the return of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

What’s it about? The Avengers; Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye, must once again team together to save the world.  This time, they go against a creation from Tony Stark that was meant to be the end of The Avengers by offering an alternative to them risking their lives…instead, it seems it will be the end of them as Ultron, teaming with the enhanced humans Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, seeks to end them and all of humanity.

Who’s in it?  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and a whole, whole, whole bunch more dudes and dudettes.

What time is it?  Hammer time maybe?

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The Good…

  • A lot of character development.  Writer/Director Joss Whedon pulled out all stops to really dig deep in these characters and it made for richer heroes.
  • The action is huuuuuge!  Yes, the Hulk vs. Iron Man in the Hulkbuster armor is a standout but the epic final battle is top shelf and exciting.
  • There’s still some great humor going on and a lot of really amusing gags.
  • The new characters feel right at home in the MCU.
  • The special effects are great.
  • The new darker, bleaker tone made for a film that felt like an evolution of the first one and not just an excuse to try and be dark and gritty.  It created a tone that fit the film’s themes very well.
  • The story does a tremendous job of building the MCU and what is to come in Phase 3 and in Infinity War.  (Although, some might not enjoy this.  See The Bad…)
  • The changes made from the comics, like other MCU films, doesn’t feel superfluous and feels natural.
  • James Spader was the perfect man to voice Ultron.  ‘Nuff said.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson offers a Quicksilver who is a little more like his comics counterpart than Evan Peters did in X-Men:  Days of Future Past (but nothing against Peters because he stole that movie with his epic kitchen scene!).
  • And another great cameo from Stan “The Man” Lee.

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The Great…

  • Hawkeye…no seriously.  He was, in my opinion, the standout in this film.

The Bad…

  • The action scenes, occasionally, can be a little hard to watch.  Tight camera angles made for some scenes to be blurry, confusing, and muddled.
  • Threat levels with Ultron are hindered by the character development of The Avengers and the drama that follows them.
  • Minor hiccups in the story that bog down the plot but weren’t, in my opinion, entertainment killers.
  • Some might be put off by the lack of a self-contained story the film has.  Age of Ultron isn’t a “villain of the week” type of outing as it sets up a lot of future projects from Marvel like the Black Panther film and the role Thanos has in literally everything going on with the Infinity Stones.  Additionally, the film has a huge, huge, huge cast and, even though they were all balanced out fairly well, the reality is the film might have been overloaded with characters and this could confuse or annoy some viewers.

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Overall…

I hesitate to compare Avengers:  Age of Ultron to the first Avengers film because this isn’t a sequel in the true sense of the word but more of a continuing adventure of a larger story.  The darker tone this one takes works for what is occurring in the MCU and, even with the few bumps it runs into with some sloppy action scenes and other minor issues, the film is still a lot of fun. On the Robot’s Pajamas grading system, I give it 2 and a half out of 3 thumbs!

Two and a half thumbs out of three

Rev. Ron is a semi-retired stand-up comedian, a wannabe Shakespearian actor in a drunken Shakespeare troupe, an amateur movie critic and a gigantic geek who loves video games, comics, movies, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  You can read more of his reviews (including a more in-depth look at Avengers: Age of Ultron and various other films) on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com.