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.