Avengers: Age of Ultron: Movie Review

I’m a man who likes seeds. I also really enjoy great character performance.

(minimal spoilers ahead)

Director: Joss Whedon, Writer: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Runtime: 141m, Cast & crew(<link)

Seeds. In the MCU, seeds are what fans crave just as much as “easter eggs”. Though I didn’t see many eggs like Cap’s shield in the first two Ironman movies. The seeds however, are very upfront and yet still underlying need I say the first words Ultron says to Scarlet Witch in the curch or the way she looks at The Vision. EACH. AND. EVERY. TIME (Yea. It was very much there folks. Read your comics). The way this movie is benefitted by the seeds: it sets up, Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok (That might be wrong), Black Panther, and what could possibly be the next Avengers and/or Hulk movie. Which if J.Whedon has any say, it’s not Planet Hulk. The way it does a disservice to the film is that it comes off Ironman 2 -ish in the sense that the movie is more of a bridge to more, rather than a movie of its own doing. In Ironman 2 it basically set up Thor,  Captain America: the first avenger and explains a bit of Incredible Hulk. Those are seeds. It’s great but having to pave way or set up other films takes a toll on a film intended to be a sequel to one of Hollywood’s massive franchises… ever. I felt that once it got to its inevitable end, I said that’s it? which also isn’t a bad thing. I just felt he ws obviously beaten just too easily for my liking. Seeds are awesome.

avengers-age-of-ultron-collageWhedon really knows how to write. I’m curious to know if the announcement of the future to the MCU had any affect on what was intended to be in this movie. He crafted such a brilliant tale of heroes and with the help of his D.O.P., really continued that comic book look and feel. Not everything is as vibrant  looking as it was with its predecessor. I did find its definitely better on a second watch as you can really appreciate it instead of getting lost with the excitement the film naturally brought….  but better in imax.  Since I am somewhat discussing his writing…. what the hell was up with Hawkeye?!? I feel for Renner to do the film, it was deliberately done to give him an over arching story. But the parts with him and his “wife” took me out if the film. Probably because I know how most of his life plays out thanks to Bendis’ Avengers run. But something about it seemed forced vs organic which was a shame given all Whedon has accomplished since joining Marvel. Though Hawkeye’s best moment is the bit with Scarlet around the end.

Age if Ultron comes at you fast. But it works both in favour and does this film a disservice. Comic book movies, namely Marvel, have been known to give a crap about their films.  When casting of RDJ hit media outlets it was their way of saying we care about acting, we care about the story, we simply care about our product. Since that particular casting, the other names to the roles has been stellar since. In James Spader, we have a talent with a voice that instantly captivates. My real first encounter with him was on “The Office” and even from that show (Thank you Netflix) I could see why he was special. I believe I was watching that show as they announced he was casted. His voice a covers a range and it is aptly suited for cold, dry, sarcastic and even terrifying dialogue (of Ultron) to really come across. The best feeling is that this allows for Ultron to be menacing still yet like a child. Like a child who has grown up and held on to his id personality. I can honestly say  (unless said in another review) that not since Darth Vader or that Matt Damon look a like in Breaking Bad, have I felt a fear of what a character might do. The voice acting was really superb and deserves at least one nomination, at the very least, at the MTV movie awards; or the Scream awards. This said, for me, The character really needed a scene of him just observing life. To see if there was a reason to end humanity (If you will indulge me a moment. ..or.skip to the next paragraph) it would have been excellent if they had like Ultron looking at children playing and then an incident led to him on his twisted view on life. I get why it played out the Manner it did though

It’s pretty interesting how they have handled Captain America since his first outing (read into that as you see fit). From a real 1940s Brooklyn kid to a leader amongst gods and men. He didn’t have a stand out performance but his presence is felt and I definitely saw some seeds for civil war when it came to him and Tony.

Tony. RDJ. Love em both. Especially RDJ for walking out of that interview. However I feel like he genuinely pissed me off when Rhodes was getting a wee bit of screen time as War Machine. And all of a sudden its a close up of RDJ and I was like: “honestly … how many frames per second of a contract did thus guy sign?!?” I know he is the poster child but in many ways it’s annoying to have him be the center of attention even in posters. I don’t see the avengers as a band. I see them as a team. And teams don’t always need their star player. Sometimes they need the unsung hero to make the hail Mary play.. you know to lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.

Black widow seemed to have a bigger role. Even tho she was sidelined by her little bundle of joy. Which I thought the camera team and story handled it perfectly with hiding it. Notice she is shot mostly in close ups in the end, and she exits the story in a believable way. Nicely done again Joss.

Vision. Holy. His look, acting, costume design… so much is right with him. The art direction dept. Just got it right in so many ways. It’s gonna be interesting to see what develops with his character, especially in his last scene.

Hawkeye… I said that already.

Banner. Is sorta the unsung hero of the group who sadly gets to live out his worst nightmare(well sad for him, fun for us). Time will tell how he’s handled next. Maybe(a tad bit of spoiling) an avenger-less hulk film? Just saying, I would read a comic that delves into that aspect of the hulks MCU story.

The way Scarlet Witch is handled was superior to what I would have thought possible. However her brother… wasn’t. Felt like a total waste on him or overall, just handled incorrectly. They should have a dedicated more of the Ultimates (Ultimates 2 to be exact) story line with him. Though I think with him, the reason for his lacking is more legal than anything.

Well.. I think we have reached the end. What a grand way to start the summer movie season. I think i just found a way to start reading comics again.

Bottom line : I was in love with the performance of Spader, loved it more in imax. It’s a tremendous story but it does have a lacking effort in areas.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8.9 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Great in Imax. Definitely worth picking up. Hopefully theres a lot of bits stuff and deleted scene as a lot was left on the cutting room floor.THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Speed and Chaos Coming to Avengers 2

Scarlet-Witch-QuicksilverA rumor started a few weeks ago that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be joining the team in the upcoming Avengers sequel. Further signs continued to point towards the characters’ inclusion in the film and now writer/director Joss Whedon has confirmed the characters will appear in an interview with IGN. In the interview, he spoke about their involvement in the film.

“You know, they had a rough beginning. They’re interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn’t necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they’re not there to make things easier. I’m not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier.”

We’ve learned exclusively at SuperheroHype that Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is the “prototype” for their version of the Scarlet Witch, but no casting has taken place.

Whedon also spoke about how the ending to Iron Man 3 (spoiler ahead!) showed a potentially changed Tony, but he’s still tied to The Avengers.

“Well, I feel like in Iron Man 3, even though he said, ‘I’ve changed’ — he blew up his remote suits, but I don’t think anybody thinks he doesn’t have one anymore. The question is, if The Avengers are called, does he show up? And the answer is, ‘Yes!’”

Casting for The Avengers 2 is still coming together with many rumors flying around about potential actors being replaced. Regardless of who ultimately assembles for the sequel, Marvel’s The Avengers 2 hits the big screen on May 1, 2015.

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AVX #0

This is the prequel that doesn’t need to be read.. But should still.
Beware.. It shall have spoilers.
In the remaining text I shall be commentating and discussing the book to any amount of length, so kick back and enjoy.. These shall be more frequent than my Smallville reviews. (That’s right you’re getting two comic book reviews)

For some betrayal, M.O.D.O.K. Attacks a turncoat from A.I.M. (which that *SPOLIER* organization will be seen in iron man 3) and as he moves in for the final blow in comes in the Scarlet Witch. (Which if I’m not mistaken, was last seen in House of M and some later pages of the New Avengers title) She saves the day with the aid of later arriving Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel, who convince the Witch to pay a visit to Avengers mansion by not taking “No” for an answer. At the mansion, before Scarlet Witch aka Wanda Maximoff, can even reach the front steps, the recently rebuilt Android, the Vision, tells her, in a very cold way, he is no longer welcome here for her actions (see “Avengers Disassembled“) and they both parted ways, the Vision secretly shed a tear.

Off the coast of California lies the X-men’s base called “Utopia” (think of an island that is the essence of both Professor Xavier’s school, and a little of Magneto’s ultimate dream, also part of the asteroid used in Asteroid M) where Hope Summers, the first Mutant Born since M-day, (House of M.. Again Scarlet Witch) is sneaking out to be a superhero when caught by Scott Summers aka Cyclops who tells her how important she is, and that she shouldn’t leave utopia.. Her power is similar to Rogue’s where she can take and copy someone else’s power.. Only she needs to just simply be in their presence. That being said.. She optic blast Summers and jets off on a jet pack to a bank robbery in progress. She stops it and in walks Emma Frost and Summers to take her back. The book ends with her washing her hands at the edge of utopia and a zoom out to space.. The Phoenix is coming…

There’s a thing at Marvel Comics.. I guess you could call it a rule, to treat every Comics as if it was the reader’s first ever comic. This is a great rule… Some times. The fist few pages usually are a recap to the last arc.. Or the last several, if not the last issue. This works.. Especially if you don’t read other books, or missed a few issues, if you’re a first time reader.. Then its PERFECT! I get it. But as I said at the top, you don’t need to read this issue.. If you read X-men: second Coming (strongly recommend) or even House of M or Avengers Disassembled, you know about Hope and or Wanda Maximoff respectively.  So it felt… Boring. But still it does kind of set the stage. At the time of writing this, I’m at issue seven (there’s 12 issues in the main arc, and a bunch of side issues as per any summer comic event)

So it does help. In comics there’s a prejudice that if you just jump in, you’ll never know what is happening so you wait for a good jump on point, or you back track. Both work fine to be honest. More so with Marvel books. But sometimes you just have to go and hope for the best. Most people who read comics started as children.. So let’s face it.. As kids we always just jumped in.. But either way.. This book is fine to be a jump on point.

The art here is spectacular. As you seen in my movie reviews, (or you should have) I really enjoy 3D movies. So when an artist draws something out of panel it just makes the whole page pop and even look that much better. It stands out more.. Literally. It boosts the story, I feel, to higher lengths.. (Hey Pere Perez, take notes). I’m all about that camera angle that has meaning. When this style is used appropriately, it has this way of being something more than a 2-D picture. Even though the book starts off weird the art is definitely the saving grace here.

Enjoy your week!
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.5 out of 5
  • Art:  4.8 out of 5
  • layout*: 5 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 3 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW