Now Geek This Reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron

nowgeekthisIn this edition of Now Geek This, I will be reviewing a movie you may have heard of called Avengers: Age of Ulton.  Age of Ultron is the sequel to the 2012 mega Marvel hit Avengers, and the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Age of Ultron is directed by the incomparable genius, Joss Whedon, and stars a cavalcade of stars reprising their Marvel roles, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, and Chris Hemsworth as the thunder go Thor, as well as a few new characters such as the Scarlet Witch played by Elisabeth Olson, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver.  Of course, let’s not forget the amazing James Spader as the voice of the titular villain, Ultron.

The real question regarding this movie is whether it is a brilliant sequel, like Empire Strikes Back or Godfather II, or does is suffer the fate of so many inferior movie sequels?  Read on to find out True Believer!The story of Avengers: Age of Ultron is pure geek gold, involving one of the greatest villains in Avengers history at its core.  Using Ultron as the villain for this sequel was pure genius on the part of Mr. Whedon, because, not only is Ultron a top tier Avengers villain worthy of his own film, but he is also a character that the non-Marvelites watching this movie can understand and appreciate.   Ultron’s motivations are basic and uncomplicated, yet his character is complex and interesting enough to carry through this two and a half hour romp of a movie.

I think romp is an excellent word to describe Age of Ultron, a movie that starts out by throwing the viewer into the middle of fast paced, high action sequence, and stops only briefly and occasionally for some great character building moments.  Avengers: Age of Ultorn is a fun, exciting thrill ride, and that is exactly what a group of heroes like the Avengers needs.  The plot of the film is just complicated enough to make it interesting, without bogging the movie down at any time.  Avengers: Age of Ultron could just be the perfect summer blockbuster movie.  I could not stop smiling through the entire movie as I watched my favorite heroes come together to save the world from eradication.  This second Avengers movie feels exactly like it should, a true comic book brought to life on the big screen.  Age of Ultron is the movie that comic book fans dream of when they picture their favorite comics turned into movies.  I know it is what I have always dreamed of in a comic book based movie.

Not only is the movie pure superhero fun, but it is also loaded with plenty of Easter Eggs and comic goodies that make any Marvel fan giddy.  References from the nation of Wakanda, hello Black Panther, to the introduction of the lesser villain Klaw, played marvelously by Andy Serkis are just two examples of the Marvel goodies found in this movie, which add so much more to the already fun movie.  One of the best goodies of the movie would have to be the Stan Lee cameo, a staple in any good Marvel movie, that is simply the single best of Stan Lee’s cameos to date.  I challenge anyone not to laugh as they watch Stan, playing a WWII vet who celebrated a little too much with Thor during an Avengers party, exclaim his famous catchphrase, “Excelsior!”

Speaking of great lines, Age of Ultron is loaded with tons of laugh inducing one liners and plenty of witty banter.  For example, in the opening sequence of the movie, Captain America chides Iron Man for using a naughty word by saying, “language”, and the rest of the Avengers continually used that as ammo to pick on Cap throughout the movie.  Even Ultron himself had some truly humorous lines spoken perfectly through James Spader’s  voice.   Avengers: Age of Ultron seemed to hit a perfect balance of thrilling action and witty banter that added to the pure enjoyment of the film.

 With Avengers being a gigantic summer superhero blockbuster, you can rest assured that the movie was a feast for the eyes as well.  The special effects of the film filled every battle scene, every civilian rescue, and every pulse pounding second of the movie with pure, thrilling elation.  I enjoyed the way Avengers handled the powerset of both the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, as well as the special addition to the cast that I will not spoil in this article even though you most likely already know about.  To be honest, I did like the way Quicksilver’s speed power was handled in last years X-Men: Days of Future Past a little better, but it was still done well in Age of Ultron.

Of course, as with any comic book movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron is not perfect.  I did take note of a few minor details that bothered me a little.  For example, the movie jumps right into the action with only a tiny smidgen of an explanation as to why the battle we are watching is going on.  If you don’t pay attention as you watch, it is easy to miss the whole point of the opening battle.  There were also moments of Ultron’s plans that I felt could have been detailed a bit better to the audience.  One other thing that bothered me slightly was the fact that Thor felt a bit underutilized in the movie over all to me.  Keep in mind though that these are all minor details that are only worth mentioning so I won’t sound like a complete fanboy, but did not actually hamper my enjoyment of the film in any way.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a magnificent blockbuster of a superhero film that truly feels like a comic book come to life.  This movie will make every comic book fan happy, and is good enough to even be enjoyed by non-comic book fans looking for a purely fun movie to watch.  This Avengers sequel is the perfect way to begin the summer movie season, and every other film that comes out this summer will have a lot to live up to in comparison.  I enjoyed this movie so much, I can’t wait to see it again and again.  Age of Ultron easily fits into the category of sequels that are better than their predecessors.  If you are waiting to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, I highly recommend you wait no longer.  Go, see this movie as soon as possible.  You will not be disappointed.

That is all for this edition of Now Geek This.  Tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.