The Avengers: Age Of Ultron; Mediocre at best.

The trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron was quite spectacular. It was also better than the movie. It didn’t live up to its hype in both the action and the story. I might get some flak from die-hard marvel fans, but let’s be honest, the X-men series (Origins & Days of future past) outshines it’s marvel cousin. Alright so maybe the action was decent, but the story was mundane at best, dialogue was too cliched and characters weren’t emotionally affecting. The Avengers leaves much to be desired.

I guess the premise by which the movie was built on was the fact that the Ultron is a self-conscious AI that’s not simply a villain per se, but also one that challenges the line of morality. Ultron’s ways may be anarchic and destructive, but his ideologies aren’t entirely wrong. With the fractured Avenger’s bonds at play, Joss Whedon blurs the lines of morality,justice and leadership. However, he doesn’t build on this idea enough. Ultron essentially gives the Marvel/Avengers franchise a more nuanced dichotomy between good and evil, yet scenes progressively project the villain in Ultron.

Going back to the problem of cliched dialogue and humour, the film doesn’t do enough to set itself apart from other superhero movies. I wasn’t at all impressed with the lack of character investment arising from trying to fit in as many characters, making the multiple personalities on screen jostle for limited screentime. In the end, the avengers didn’t delve enough to flesh out the greater themes of vulnerability,doubt and morality in the superhero genre.

It was mediocre at best, screaming with untapped potential but never realizing it.

Rating: 5/10

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  1. mumbleee says:

    Reblogged this on Mumbleee.

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  2. smilingldsgirl says:

    Wow. tough crowd. I thought it was great. Great villain. I loved the humor. I liked getting to know more about our heroes backstories. I’m not much of a comic book movie person but I thought it was very entertaining.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Haha well we can’t always have positive reviews. Yes I really agree that Ultron is great. I really like the concept of his character and his function in the film (to question the boundaries and notions of authority, morality and creation). Sadly, this side of ultron was soon dumbed down to fit the traditional villain.

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      1. smilingldsgirl says:

        For sure. I was just teasing a little bit. I think people’s expectations were perhaps a little too high on this. Since I’m not a big comic book movie fan I think I liked it better than some. I didn’t see Ultron as being dumbed down but staying pretty consistently hard core throughout. I was scared for our heroes several times. They seemed pretty vulnerable. But not really my genre so I guess my threshold is pretty low. I liked the humor and the backstories and thought it was an overall good time at the movies. πŸ™‚

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      2. jwforeva says:

        Hmm,ok to each their own. I just felt that it could have been better. How would you compare the Avenger’s movies to the recent X-men franchise?

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      3. smilingldsgirl says:

        Hmmm. I think Xmen Days of Future Past is better than Avengers Age of Ultron. I like the female characters in the X-men and the time travel element was awesome . That movie aside I think Avengers is stronger. Although I like both just fine. Entertaining films. If I was ranking recent comic book movies it would be Guardians of the Galaxy, Capt America 2, Xmen Days of Future Past, Big Hero 6 and Avengers Age of Ultron. All very entertaining films with humor and drama and good performances. I hated Man of Steel. Took itself far too seriously and was too violent. And Green Lantern….ugh. But as you say to each their own.

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  3. Jay says:

    I feel like comic book lovers loved the movie and the rest did not. They aren’t really courting the rest of us, and I felt left in the dust.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Perhaps. Actually I would think that comic book lovers wouldn’t like it too because of the lack of nuance. It just didn’t really connect.

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  4. You know I hate to admit it, but you’re right. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it didn’t live up to what it promised. I thought the original Avengers was better (and this is not due to my Loki bias, and I have a HUGE one). Doing something that spectacular again would be like catching lightning in a bottle. Oh wait…Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is obviously capable of it, but AoU was trying to cram way too much into one film. I still liked it. Whedon is phenomenal at witty dialogue, but in terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not one of my top films.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Yeah I agree Marvel tries to cram alot in it’s movies. But my main disappointment with some of their films,maybe even most, is that they’re just a superhero movie. There isn’t much of a deeper more grounding theme/insight.

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      1. Did you feel that way about Guardians? I think that one was less superheroish and more grounded and insightful. Avengers did throw in the whole idea about the nature of freedom being life’s greatest lie, and I thought the Captain America movies were good at showing that being good/doing good is not always simple especially the second one with the morality of surveillance.

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      2. jwforeva says:

        Sry for the late reply. Yeah I felt that Guardians was different from the rest, it resonated with me on a deeper,more emotional level. I felt that Avengers wanted to show alot, but didn’t really show enough of it.

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      3. Avengers was the culmination of five movies put together. Guardians managed to do what Avengers did in one movie and the former hit closer to home even while ironically not even being set on Earth. Pain makes us all kin and nostalgia is universal.

        I think Avengers has some good stuff if you dig down like Loki’s speech about how “freedom is life’s greatest lie.” I think about that a lot, but Loki as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston is my second favorite villain of all time, and Tom’s portrayal of him is nothing less than brilliant. He made him more than just the film’s villain, but I could go on about that for a while lol.

        No worries on the late reply! I’m lucky if I get to check all the blogs I follow once a week. Thank god for email reminders 😊

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      4. jwforeva says:

        Oh yeah definitely,email reminders are a life saver HAHA…True, there are some nice themes, nice quote btw. But I just didn’t feel it but thats just my opinion. What do you think of X-men? I thought it was marvellous πŸ˜‰ But honestly, it was so deep and was really complex especially when you consider each character’s unique and deeply rooted motivations and insecurities e.g. Mystique, Charles X,Magneto…This aspect was kind of lacking in the avengers. Plus that scene in First Class where Mystique was considering whether to pull the trigger was a killer scene.

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      5. Okay don’t judge me…I haven’t seen First Class yet. I did see Days of Future Past though and thought it was great. X-Men has always been about that deeper meaning though. The whole idea of mutants has been a stark commentary i on how we treat those society says are “aberrant” or different. I’ve heard a wonderful comparison between Xavier and Magneto being MLK and Malcolm X respectively, and currently I can see the films as being a metaphor for gay rights. That one line “Have you tried NOT being a mutant” is pretty dead on. I wasn’t fond of the last movie in the first batch, but I think that’s a pretty common critique, and they did a great job with the “reboot” as it were. Also Patrick Stewart is another of my favorite actors. I’m a bit of an Anglophile hehe.

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      6. jwforeva says:

        OMG Yes! I’ve thought that way about X-men before, hmm the gay rights and comparisons are interesting. Now that you mention, it’s a really insightful point :)) The reboot’s much better, you gotta watch first class!

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      7. Not mine lol! I read it somewhere and it made perfect sense. I can’t take credit for it, but once it was all laid out I could see the similarities πŸ™‚

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