A lot of hype has been built up around the film, so one would hope that it is watchable. It certainly is that!
The only stumbling block which may stop it from attaining its place as the ‘must watch’ film of the year, is the cakey storyline, which sounds as if it has been told many times before. Nevertheless, there is a key difference. Director Joss Whedon wisely steers clear of the plot holes which have swallowed up so many other super hero movies. The journey actually moves along without any bumps because the characters are exciting and each of them finds some way to draw us into their situation.
Whedon is also helped by an ensemble cast who are at the top of their game: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Combining this sort of talent allows them to subtly play cards most others couldn’t. Asking a cheeky question about bad language is one good example, as is the competition to try and pick up Thor’s hammer.
After a rough and destructive encounter with SHIELD and an intense, ferocious battle to open up proceedings, the Avengers feel in need of a rest and devise a plan to create artificial intelligence which will be able to protect the earth. So Tony Stark develops Ultron, a robot with a discerning level of artificial intelligence. But not everyone in the group approves and the chaos begins immediately. Ultron crashes an after-party conversation between the Avengers and soon afterwards teams up with The Twins, who are two fast moving humanoids with an ability to play tricks on the mind.
Journeying all around the world, it is an expansive game of cat and mouse, which sees them go through Africa, Europe and include a quick pit stop in rural America. Each Avenger carefully invites us into their world, especially when the female twin begins playing mind games on them.
A two and a half hour film depicting stability, peace and order was never going to happen (which is a good thing, in case you were wondering). Even those film goers who aren’t comic book fans know that. As Ultron develops into a powerful force-manifesting himself into objects like Agent Smith from The Matrix-, combating him and his battalion is no mean feat. He becomes more lethal, making us (the audience) feel like part of the problem, as he wipes out big chunks of the population.
Much like the fourth Transformers movie (click here to read it) reality does set in when the heroes begin to question each other’s motives, and we wonder whether or not it is a good idea to trust them. One standoff sees Bruce Banner and Tony Stark go against Thor, Captain America and Hawkeye. I forget which side Black Widow was on. What happens next shapes the film completely. You will see what I mean, when you go watch it.
Avengers: Age of Ultron may not manage to convince everyone it is the best film of 2015 film, so far. But it is difficult to find a contender so far that could climb ahead of it.