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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Avengers Age of Ultron Is Definitely A Must See!


So, I finally got to see Avengers Age of Ultron, and to say that I was highly anticipating watching this movie is an under-statement. Hell, that could be said for almost every comic geek on the planet.

The first Avengers was and still is a smash! I definitely geeked out a lot more in the first Avengers movie, but the second installment is absolutely stellar as well.

Avengers Age of Ultron is just fun - a fun, big, action movie that delivers to comic fans. It's a visual feast for sure and even tops it's predecessor in that regard.

Once again, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark holds this film together, but his performance is also balanced by Mark Ruffalo. Two really good actors in my opinion, and it was nice to see that Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and the Hulk was allowed a bit more in-depth approach to this fan-favorite character.

Not the only character to get more in-depth though. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow also gets more screen time and this movie reveals a bit of the character's origin as promised.

The sequel allows us to see a vulnerable side of her this time around. Actually, we get to see Bruce Banner's more vulnerable side as well, but what comic fan could say that they didn't get excited to finally see the epic battle play out on the big screen between the Hulk and Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor that the franchise teased in their very first trailer?

Two stand outs for me were definitely the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. While I wasn't overly impressed with the casting choice for Elizabeth Olsen, she ended up proving me wrong and did a great job with the character.

Had to admit that I geeked out inside when seeing the character use her hex powers during the movie, but don't expect the writing of that character to be too in-depth this first time around. It's clear that they are definitely building upon the character of Wanda Maximoff for future installments and that's perfectly fine.

Quicksilver was also a pleasure to watch in action. They did a combination of the super speed vs. the time slow down or point of view of the speedster and I thought it worked brilliantly.

I do have to admit that I was more impressed with X-Men Days of Future Past interpretation of the character's powers, but Avengers Age of Ultron did not disappoint this X-Men fan concerning Quicksilver.

The action and special effects were nothing short of amazing. The performances were good and the writing was good as well, but there were some let downs in this sequel.

While James Spader's voice was perfect for Ultron, the big bad just didn't have that x factor. There was definitely something amiss with Ultron being a formidable danger as compared to Loki, and the big bad lacked that zing.

To be fair, Loki did have more films to set up the character's conniving and malicious presence than Ultron had, but it really did appear that he put himself to the test in going up against our heroes instead of the other way around.

It's like being an audience member watching Rocky for the first time and feeling more sympathetic to Apollo Creed cause you had a feeling Rocky was gonna give him the beat down of a lifetime. One of the reasons we cheered for Rocky was because we knew he was gonna get a super-sized Creed whooping.

As for Ultron, he appeared to be more of the underdog in Avengers Age of Ultron than our heroes did. Not to say that he didn't cause mayhem and destruction. Sure he did, but the way this villain was written or utilized was lackluster.

Visually, yes, very cool to see for sure. Villainous-wise, not the best of comic book movie villains.


Unlike the pacing of the first Avengers movie, Age of Ultron was a bit more clunky. There were a lot of things going on and in several different places that shifted here and there most likely due to the cluttering of characters in the movie.

Don't get me wrong here. I expected it and thought they did a good job of trying to balance the pacing and have it run as smooth as possible to accommodate the additional characters, but there were more clunky parts as opposed to the first installment.

It was funny to see Hawkeye question why he was even there, as many fans questioned why the character was even used in the first Avengers movie. But, in all honesty, his character is the weakest link out of the superhero group.

If the cluttering of heroes is a problem, you know what has to be done. I was more disappointed in seeing Agent Coulson get offed than I'd ever be in seeing Hawkeye get it also.

One thing that I liked, which I mentioned before and disagree with other reviews of this flick, is that the movie brought more emotional depth to the characters.

Some might have groaned and called it sappy without a purpose, but characters in every story, comic book, movie have to have an emotional arc of some kind. They can't just be one-dimensional beings who wind up the exact same as they started out in a story or what's the point of a story?

While I didn't mind Avengers Age of Ultron's attempts at trying to tug your emotional strings with some characters, I do agree that the attempt did lack on the final emotional punch and left you unmoved. I won't reveal the characters involved as I'm trying to leave out spoilers for those of you yet to see this movie, but I do have to say that this attempt did succeed in one thing: It piqued my interest in what happens to these characters in the future.

Hell, maybe I'm just a sap deep down, but there is no doubt that I'm extremely excited to see where Marvel and Disney are taking us. It was clear that this movie set up a lot more things to come than the first, especially Thor Ragnorak and a hint of Captain America Civil War. 

The Vision was a delight to see, but was a bit under-played for now. Keywords here are for now. He's gonna be a badass character for future installments!

Despite some of my nit-picking, the first Avengers movie is amazing and this one is too. I had fun, and it is one hell of a ride. Let's be honest, you don't need me to tell you that this movie is a must watch. It just simply is!

What did you guys think of the movie?

28 comments:

  1. I definitely agree!! this movie was amazing!! The only worry I have is that the vision has replaced Adam Warlock. The infinity stone was supposed to be on warlocks head but ehh, it makes for a good tie in. We still have the soul gem to go, lets hope they stick to the books. Definitely not knocking the vision, he is one bad mother! Can't wait to watch it again!

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    1. I agree with Wayne, no nod to warlock, MCU is going a bit far if they leave him out and replace him in the Infinity War with Vision, or re-create HIM as the vision a la sin cocoon....smells like Mandarin iron man bs to me!

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    2. I agree with both Wayne and Rick. I'd be pissed if Adam Warlock was not used in the Infinity Wars. I still think Adam Warlock will pop up somewhere. I'm hoping Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or even Avengers Infinity Wars 1 or 2.

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  2. Hey mayhem I picked up some awesome comics for cover price

    [URL=http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/uchihagabe/media/DSC00373.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x479/uchihagabe/DSC00373.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

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    1. Thanks I was so nervous finding that for cover price my legs were shaking

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    2. Exciting stuff for sure Gabriel...were you giving yourself high fives on the inside? I would've been. Congrats again and excellent snags! Keep up the great work.

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  3. 7 out of 10...the Batman vs Superman trailer intrigued my son more than AOU.

    A2theBriel

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    1. Really? That's cool. I'm hoping Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is awesome also!

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  4. Movie Kicked Ass! So Much Fun!! Vision with Thor's hammer was AWESOME!!!
    Going again for sure and loved all the bits leading up to what's to come!
    It's a great time to be a Comic Fan!! lk

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    1. An amazing time to be a comic fan! So much to look forward too. I'll be watching Avengers Age of Ultron again as well. I don't think I quite got everything from the 1st viewing. There was a lot going on, and I spent most of the time pretty much just geeking out! Great to hear from ya LK...hope all well with cha.

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  5. Hey mayhem, Kinda off topic here. I was wondering if you could shine some light on a certain book for me please, Its called "Beyond The Black Hole #4".

    Thanx brudda!

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    1. No worries Wayne? What you wanna know about that comic? It's based on Disney's the Blackhole movie. lol. Remember that flick? The issue is the events that happened after the Disney movie ends and published by Whitman. Extremely rare, or it is supposedly.

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    2. Hi Wayne. You should go to recalledcomics.com. They have a little bit of info on that book. Here's the address:

      http://www.recalledcomics.com/TheBlackHole4.php

      Hope that it helps you out.
      ~Gerry D

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    3. Yes!!! Wow thanx guys this helps out tremendously!! Guess I got another lucky find at the flea market!!! Thank y'all for the help and info!

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  6. Good movie. I have a hard time not comparing it to the first, but I know I shouldn't. I also thought it'd be more of a stand alone movie, but I got the impression it was a bridge or connector movie to set up bigger events in future marvel movies. And the and credits scene? Major bummer, we've already seen him, give us something juicier, something to make our mouth water until the next movie.

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    1. I always compare sequels to the first movie if the first one was awesome! I don't believe in the just compare the sequel to itself. A sequel should be on par or better, and if it isn't and in my opinion it's like why even bother doing one.

      I agree, I was hoping that another character would be introduced at the mid credit scene, but I had to admit it was cool to see Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. No more hiding in the shadows for Thanos. Homeboy's coming out to kick some ass.

      You're right, Avengers Age of Ultron was more of a connector movie to bridge what's to come. It seemed like less of a stand alone movie like the first Avengers.

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  7. Hey Mayhem, Been a while. Hope things are good at your end :) Switched jobs recently so don't get a lot of time to come here. ;(

    I 100% agree with this statement Mayhem - "While James Spader's voice was perfect for Ultron, the big bad just didn't have that x factor." I found his voice to be absolutely perfect(nobody could have done this better) however, I found the movie to be good. Don't get me wrong the action pack was pretty cool but somewhere down the line and as some of the folks in the theatre said "Its Avengers 1 cut copy paste, they come, they fail the 1st time, regroup and win." But yeah overall I would say you could watch it once. Honestly, I enjoyed GOTG more than this.

    Sid

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    1. Hiya Sid, how's it going? Yeah, long time, but I understand. Hope the new job is working out better for you, but good to hear from you.

      Yeah, it wasn't the voice or even the special effects of Ultron, which both were amazing. I don't know it's the way he was written or implemented during production or what, but the character just didn't make me go..."Oh, wow, our heroes are in for it now. How they gonna stop this menace?"

      Still, I had a great time watching this movie. There were some disappointments, which I won't reveal cause I don't want to spoil it. One in particular pissed me off big time. I think most who have seen it probably know which disappointment I am referring to.

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    2. Yeah the new job is alright atleast reduces my travelling time to a 20 min walk rather than 2 hours haha.

      I agree with you completely with that as I read a few reviews on imdb which pointed out the exact same thing about the character.

      Yeah regardless I was going to watch the movie in theatres anyway. At least "Once" I guess is worth it lol. Oh well onto Ant-man, loved that train scene in the trailer haha, really funny.

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    3. Also, I love my Avengers 54,55. I have CGC's 7.0,8.0 White pages which I got couple of years ago. Good investment I guess haha

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    4. Great! Glad the new job gives you less traveling time. Jeez, I haven't seen the new trailer yet. Been too busy with the Detective Comics keys list...awesome on the Avengers 54 and 55!

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    5. Oh almost forgot. They are shooting Suicide Squad in Downtown Toronto. Right across from my condo. So enjoying the view from my balcony haha. Pretty decent so far. They are setting up the scene at the moment. Pretty damn cool.

      Sid

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  8. Absolutely loved Age of Ultron! 9.5 out of 10 for me. Some minor issues but you'd find those in any comic book movie. The Vision was perfect and stole the movie in my opinion. I loved his lines and his confrontation with the last Ultron not at the end. Beautiful stuff!

    Saw it 3 times and loved more each time.

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    1. 3 times! Wow, J Kandefer, you really dug this movie. Awesome! I'm going tomorrow to see it for the 2nd time. Good to hear from you...been a while. Hope all is well and you've got some great snags this year.

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  9. I'm at the other end for this movie but only on the choice of James Spade as the voice of ultron. It ruined the awesomeness of Ultron for me. As soon as he spoke all I could picture was Spader in the Blacklist! !! Really threw me for a loop. I kept saying how could they choose him? His voice is instantly recognizable and just not right for this character. The character of Ultron in my humble opinion was way too lame and boring in the beginning until the action revved up. When Ultron's voice took on the echo sound it became more believable as the character. I also thought way too much CGI .Too much going on to follow properly and really fast paced. I understand to pull off the action scenes these days especially when it comes to the fantasy of it all, CGI must be used but not to the extent where it becomes just one big unbelievable event. I personally love when you see new characters pop up and we see them manifest their powers so we can go Wow! That was freaking incredible. Overall compared to the first one I would give this Avengers go around a solid 8 out of ten. As a opposed to a 6 for the recent Fantastic Four reboot. Thanks for hearing my opinions. NOVAPRIME.

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