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Avengers: Age of Ultron (Review)




*Spoilers*

Now I will preface this review by saying that I entered the movie with a bias in my mind. That is obviously something I try to avoid, however it was very hard to shake off. This strange feeling kept creeping up on me as I was going to waiting for the movie to begin. I was afraid of the repeated Marvel formula again. During the release of the first Iron Man movie hype was through the roof. Marvel seemed to have hit all the key spots that they wanted with that movie. It had humor, action, a plot, and many more. Even though it wasn’t my cup of tea I still appreciated that this is the direction they wanted their movies to go in. Now keep in mind this is the time in which The Dark Knight Trilogy was coming out, and DC was going for more of this serious and dramatic feel for superhero movies. Marvel on the other hand went off and started their line-up with Iron Man and built up their hype. Unfortunately every other Marvel movie that they followed with had the same formula. Cheesy one-liners, rehashed sub-plots, and worst of all mindless action. That’s what I hate most about it, if you want to make a summer action blockbuster then go right ahead. But don’t just rehash your same formula and plot into every one of your movies. I say that while they are all rolling in money but that’s how the world works. Nevertheless, Marvel needs to seriously rethink their model of how they are going to continue forward with their line-up. Now that I got that out of the way let me talk about the movie itself.



So the Avengers: Age of Ultron played a lot like the first movie. They just took it safe and did the same thing. The plot doesn’t really have that much creativity into it. The movie is just filled with one-liners that act as transitions to the next scene to keep you laughing so you don’t notice how badly they are setting the stage for the next part of the scene. There were many parts where they were trying to get this character development between The Hulk and Black Widow but it ended in such an unsatisfying way. Other than that all of the other characters have not developed yet and are able to maintain their witty and cheesy characters even in the face of total earth annihilation. I have to say though, the villain was actually not that bad. Many people just think of Loki whenever they hear of a Marvel movie, and they are right because Loki had such a strong presence. I think Ultron had that too, but it was unfortunately again just inspired by Loki because they made him menacingly funny instead of just a menace. I feel like even though its redone, their villains capture the spirit that the first Iron Man movie had, it had this own charm that didn’t take itself too seriously. What they are doing with the Avengers is that they are REALLY not taking themselves seriously, they cant spend a moment of seriousness without breaking it with a one-liner. The problem with these one-liners are that they take you out of the atmosphere of the movie. They are written or intended for the audience and not the film itself. So what happens is that the script gets diverted and lead to a direction just so that the audience can laugh. What should be done is to have that integrated into what they are talking about and have something funny but still have an impact on the plot itself. Do you know why they always transition after a one-liner? It’s because you can’t follow up with anything else, it is not intended for the plot. Imagine if they kept a scene after a cheesy one-liner, it would be awkward to follow up anything with it. Anyway I feel like I have ranted too long about the plot and one-liners in the movie, I will talk now about the action in the movie.



So the action, that is the meat of these blockbusters. They try to fill empty time in the movie with mindless action. However it doesn’t have to be mindless action but that’s how it is unfortunately. I want you to go back and watch the first Avengers, and watch the last battle in New York City, now come back and think of the last battle in the second Avengers. See the similarities? It feels almost identical. Big city with aliens invading while the Avengers are killing everything while also saving the civilians. Now I’m fine with this I don’t care, but what I did notice this time around is why I don’t enjoy this type of action. I feel like I can’t see what is actually going on in the fight. I mean I know who is hitting who and who is getting hurt, but I am talking about the camera perspective. Everything is in bite sized bits during fights and it is always filmed with a close shot. Now I know this is the norm but I am sick and tired of it. I can’t SEE what is happening. This technique is usually used to show the force of each hit, however I would much rather enjoy seeing it in a wide shot with a little less cuts. Even if we don’t feel the impact with every punch, at least we are able to see what is going on clearly. A great example of this is the corridor fighting scene in the Korean movie Oldboy. That is a scene where it is shot with a wide angle and no cuts for 5 minutes give or take. And you know what, it was so good to watch. Even though it wasn’t as hard impact as what they are doing in these movies, but it felt good to watch. It felt better, because there was this natural flow in the action and combat rather than 500 little bite sized punches and kicks. I’m not saying that every action movie should take the Oldboy approach. What I am saying is that there is a grey area, its not always black and white. There has to be some balance and I felt that it was lacking in this movie. Now with all that said, I have to say I enjoyed the fight between Iron Man and The Hulk. It was really fun to watch. The Hulk is really a character I like because he has so much power yet he has no control over it. That’s what makes him great, not like Superman or Iron Man. Because with them you know nothing will go wrong with them, the situation will go wrong but not them. Whereas the Hulk can’t control his rage so there are many factors that could go wrong with him which is what I love about his character. Though they didn’t show him a lot which disappointed me to be honest. Now I will side tangent and rant about Ads placement in movies.



 

A side tangent here but I really wanted to talk about this issue because it really bugged me in the Avengers. I am getting tired of Ad placements in movies. I see movies as an immersive experience, its a way to get out of the world you are currently in and live for a short while with someone else. You experience their emotions and their hardships, all of this gives you such an immersive experience that can’t be stimulated in other ways. However when they start putting in Ad’s in the film it takes me completely out of the film. So the world is under danger and life on earth is going to be destroyed. Oh wait that’s fine, let me just take this Audi car and drive it to where I want to be. Seriously? It so took me out of the movie, and the worst part is that it was the climax. That is the time where they should bring in the viewer and have them on the edge of their seats. But they decided to have a 30 second Audi commercial during the middle of the climax of the film. It really pisses me off. I know that they want money, everyone wants money, even if they are already swimming in it. This just makes me feel like they don’t care as much about the movie than about the money they are going to make. Which saddens me since many people don’t have a chance to let out their creativity because of a lack of capital, and they are here ruining their film for a few extra dollars. So yeah its really disappointing. I mean even during a moment where Black Widow is serious and developing her character as she is sad about the Hulk. They shove in they new and improved Galaxy S6 edge with its shiny new look. I really hate how they ruined it for themselves by having these Ad’s, and I wish that this trend would decrease rather than increase. 



So all in all, I know I have been harsh on the movie but it is with good reason. I don’t like to bash something that I haven’t seen or experienced myself. And honestly I always try to give the benefit of the doubt however it didn’t happen with this movie. I know that so many people love this movie and franchise which is why I suspect that many will disagree with what I might say, but at the end of the day these are opinions.  Reviews are supposed to be subjective because they carry the flavor of the reviewer. If we don’t have any subjective reviews all of them would be the same, and that’s not fun. So I hope you respect my opinions and I would love to hear yours as well.

Verdict: 4.3/10

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