Further down the road to #AvengersInfinityWar
, we approach ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. The film attempts to build upon the scale of ‘The Avengers (2012)’ but sacrifices captivating storytelling and progressive character development whilst maintaining a good amount of entertainment for the audience.
Phase 2 of the MCU felt as if each film hit the same formulaic beat of what has worked for something and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ slots right in that category hitting nearly every tone of ‘The Avengers (2012)’. The first problem that struck this movie is how contradictory it is toward its marketing campaign as we shown a tonally serious film with a menacing villain and huge stakes. Instead, we are given a story that falls flat and feels passionless by writer/director Joss Whedon. The humor doesn’t work in this films as it lessens the intensity or emotional blow of certain sequences, most of the jokes felt forced and don’t come across as funny. The villain had an overwhelming amount of potential as an advanced A.I but is extremely underdeveloped as his motivations and plan are barely explained. The marketing really promoted him as a serious and threatening villain but he is constantly stupid one-liners that make it difficult to take him seriously. Thrown in amongst the story is an awkward romantic relationship that came out of nowhere but it does allow Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo to have some good moments in their performance. Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson give a good performance as they take on Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The rest of the cast do a fine job in their roles without any real standout throughout the film.
On the visual scale this film shines in true spectacle and action sequences, the budget is really put to use as the visual effects are near-flawless. Overall colour grading is lacking as not much colour is not relevant amongst the greyness scattered thoroughly throughout it. The iconic Avengers them is very much felt in this film by Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler but doesn’t excel anything beyond that especially in comparison to Alan Silvestri's work in ‘The Avengers (2012)’.
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