Avengers: Age of Ultron – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75% (Critics) / 89% (Audience)
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Written By: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and James Spader
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. – (Source)

The Good:
The introduction of the new additions to the Avengers team were all handled well and The Vision was especially cool in look and performance by Paul Bettany.
Mark Ruffalo is great as Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Marvel really needs to wake up and give this guy his own movie.
It was good to see Hawkeye fleshed out a bit more and it allowed Jeremy Renner to show off a bit of his range instead of being pretty much an arrow shooting mannequin.
And I would pay 5 bucks to listen to James Spader read Craigslist ads. That guys got a killer voice.

The Bad:
If I never see another movie featuring The Avengers fighting an army of nameless, faceless who gives a damns it will be too soon. The majority of the action in AGE OF ULTRON was pretty much a carbon copy of the Chitauri attack in the first Avengers film only this time the bad guys were a bunch of robots.
Also the attempts at group conflict between the heroes seemed so cheap and shallow. These are experienced super-heroes not junior high school cheerleaders. They should not be so damn catty with one another so easily.
And the death in this movie was completely unnecessary and just seemed cheap to me.

The Ugly:
I am a huge James Spader fan and he delivered his lines with all the sarcastic baritone one could ask for but as a villain Ultron was a bit of a letdown. His creation was way too rushed, his motivation seemed all over the place and his actual plan was pretty dumb.
And what idiot decided to animate Ultron’s mouth so that it moved like human lips when he talked? It looked ridiculous.

Final Verdict: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is an uneven movie with some serious narrative issues but just on the strength of the cast’s chemistry and the fanboy wish fulfillment that having these characters on a movie screen provides, it still ends up being an enjoyable viewing experience.

Grade: B

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