The year 2015 has been pretty dry with not many original or even interesting flicks. In this movie drought comes The Avengers Age of Ultron, one of the most awaited pictures of the summer and thankfully its the most satisfying movie in a long time. Its obvious there is going to be comparison with the first movie and while it might not be as jocular as the first, I definitely wanted a darker second movie and that’s exactly what I got. Its a perfect medley of fine action sequences, witty dialogues,and organized screenplay. There are a few foibles here and there, the plot is edging on quixotic and there are a few too many superheroes this time around but it’s totally worth watching.
Tony Stark believes that the protocol in Loki’s scepter from the first movie can be used to create an Artificial Intelligence based peacekeeping program called Ultron. Despite Bruce Banner’s warnings, he proceeds and successfully manages to build Ultron. However, Ultron has a flawed logic about the meaning of peace and evolution and believes the human species must become extinct for evolution into a new era of peace. Avengers must now challenge him as he takes away all of Stark’s toys and uses them as his minions.
Age of Ultron definitely has more superheroes than any decent superhero movie can handle. The Maximoff twins were a good addition to the movie but the Vision seemed completely redundant and felt like a gambit only to impress comic book fans. The movie also has a very Marvel-ish soundtrack that gives it the feel of a children’s movie, which has been my issue with almost all Marvel movies (except Captain America The Winter Soldier). Few of the slow mo action scenes seem raw and unfinished, especially the one where Hawk eye tries to save a boy and Ultron starts firing at him. The plot seems a bit chimerical but it’s much more believable than alien invasion and inter-galactic wars that most Marvel movies are about these days.
The good parts from the first movie are intact: witty banter, inter-Avengers quarrels, team work, individual character realization and a fitting super villain. One thing that’s definitely an improvement over the predecessor is the cinematography. The cinematography, especially for the action scenes in the first movie were shockingly terrible. On a sharp contrast, Age of Ultron offers much better angles for almost all scenes and sleek and classy shots for every action sequence, making them few of the most memorable action scenes ever, my favorite being the Hulk vs Veronica on the streets of Sokovia. While Quicksilver is there just for some cool fight scenes, the Scarlet Witch adds just the right amount of darkness to the movie, and the dreadful visions she gives the Avengers, especially the Black Widow and Iron Man, are sinister enough to provide back story as well as show the gravity of the situation to the viewer. Ultron is a perfect villain, he is smart and funny (of course, Stark is his creator), knows what he wants and most importantly, gives the Avengers an actual fight. There is a relationship blossoming between Natasha and Bruce Banner which is a pleasant side plot that provides lot of scope for future movies. In the acting department, Mark Ruffalo as Banner is the one who stands out as the brooding scientist who despises his other self and fears the damage he can inflict. James Spader gives Ultron his human-like movements with his amazing performance capture skills and formidable voice.
All in all, this is another brilliant flick from Joss Whedon and although it has its flaws, it was better than its predecessor in many ways and proves Whedon’s Midas touch remains intact. I will rate the movie 8 on 10.