Director Joss Whedon, kudos to you on your last Avengers movie! Your ‘around’ $250,000,000 budget for this adventure was well worth over 140 minutes of fast action battles, love and death scenes, talking metal and swirling super hero flight and fight! Whew – sometimes it is a tad overwhelming and dark but hang in there and don’t take your eyes off the screen – you’ll totally miss something! This masterful work of cinematic artistry is totally and completely epic in it’s portrayal of the Marvel Avengers we’ve come to love.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) continues to be quippy, brilliant and genius in his ability to get the Avengers into ‘stuff and things.’ This time it’s because he just wants to ‘create an artificial intelligence’ a little too quickly and with some recently acquired Asgardian tech that really should not be touched… of course… he touches it and creates Ultron (James Spader). Sweet (easy target) Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) gets manipulated into helping Stark create this living intelligence that tries to then kill the world… Hulk gets mad when things go awry – tearing up an Eastern European town in the aftermath – forcing Avengers to bring the massive Hulkbuster out to ‘control the situation.’
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Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen) reveals her softer hard side and tells us a little bit more about her training, bringing into view her human side coupled with some very strong feelings for a certain co-Avenger. No love action spoilers here folks! Suffice it to say there are all kinds of hidden feelings and secrets revealed – especially from super secret private Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Who knew about his secret life??? You will soon!
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Captain America (Chris Evans) continues to ensure 1940’s PG-ness within the group by parenting the Avengers to behave, be good and watch their language… he learns some new words that definitely does not go unnoticed by the group and they dog, diss and spoof the squeakily clean soldier unmercifully.
Thor, (Chris Hemsworth) in all his godly greatness and stately, theatrical voice challenges everyone to pick up his hammer – of course none of them are worthy…maybe… Needless to say he and Tony Stark still don’t see eye to eye and after Tony’s meddling with Loki’s scepter, massively evil artificial intelligence, epic casualties and intense battles with Hydra, Ultron’s force, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver – he makes a grand exit – Asgardian style.
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Ultron supporters Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are aptly described as ‘quick and weird’ and totally live up to those descriptions. Scarlet Witch – totally goth, emo and pretty much going to be loved by everyone – SO awesome! Quicksilver – everyone will love this sister-protecting, fast-footed smarty-pants who really just wants to avenge his parents death! (insert constant comic theme) You ‘quickly’ learn to hate him, then love him, and then really love him!!!
Welcome to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch – friends of Ultron!
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A word about Ultron (James Spader’s voice) – Tony Start attitude with evil, rule the world prior to destroying it villainous bad guyness… perfect choice Joss Whedon, his voice sounds like evil incarnate with a bit of swagger that almost makes you like him. Naw, you know better!!!
You will like the ‘let’s fix this mess and save the world’ artificial intelligence that Tony Stark (and yes, the Hulk gets lassoed into this fix-it project too) creates with the help and brilliance of Dr. Bruce Banner. This guy you’ll become intimately aquainted with is called Vision (Paul Bettany), or as we’ve come to know him in prior Marvel movies… naw, no spoilers here, gotta see it (I don’t want to ruin the entire movie)…
Great Jimmy Kimmel interview with the full cast of Super Heroes!
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All in all, I give it an 8 – this movie can sometimes be overwhelming but still epic in the battle scenes and snarky comments. Kids may not completely be in love with the delving into darkness, but most of us will love it and not be disappointed. Love is found and lost, battles are fought and won and in the end there are tears, pain and joy… Just who’s pain, joy, love, hate and battles are they? Well, you gotta wait and see!!! GO, GO, GO!!!