Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Flash and Ant-Man



I thought that Avengers: Age of Ultron was a great way to kick of the summer movie season.  The action scenes were amazing - I am really going to have to see it a few more times to take it all in.  The Hulk/Iron Man fight lived up to the hype and The Vision was incredibly well realized.  My only real problems with the movie had to do with the pacing and Ultron.  Some scenes (like those at the safe house) seem to drag while some didn't seem to have enough time to resonate (Thor and Cap's side plots) - hopefully the rumored extended cut will fix that.  Ultron to me was off in appearance and personality.  His drones looked a lot more like the classic Ultron than the main model - I don't think all the extra articulation on the facial features was necessary or successful.  Also, I get that he was snarky because he had some of Tony Stark in him, but the humor from his character did not work for me.  Ultron in the comics was always cold and unemotional - far too often I heard Joss Whedon or Red Reddington instead of the iconic Marvel villain, and it undermined his threat... well that, and the fact that even Hawkeye could punch through his robots' heads.

This story is just the first part - stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion tomorrow!

10 comments:

AirDave said...

Well, that's a bummer. I enjoyed the film. I'd like to see it a few more times just to be able to fully absorb and process everything.

I'm sort of ambivalent about how this story had so many cogs going to set up so many future films...

This is a very cool cover!

Anonymous said...

You have to remember, Ross, that these films are kind of a hybrid between the mainstream Marvel characters and their Ultimate-verse counterparts.

*Cough-Chitari-instead-of-Skrulls-Cough!*

Anonymous said...

Let's also not forget that even Joss Whedon ain't perfect.

*Cough-Buffy-The-Musical-Cough!*

Ross said...

Hey, I actually liked Buffy the Musical... And I love AOU too, I'm sure I will own the blu-ray - just wish Ultron himself was a bit less jokey.

Bob Buethe said...

Haven't seen the movie yet. I'm not a Buffy fan (I preferred Dollhouse and Firefly myself), but I have a lot of friends who are -- and they often mention the musical as being one of their favorite episodes of the series.

Anonymous said...

I have to go along with my namesake above. "Once More With Feeling" sucked!

Scott Cummins said...

The Skrulls are part of Fantastic Four universe and owned by Fox so they can not be in the Marvel movies

Mike Shirley said...

Any time I see a Flash/Marvel U crossover I think of Buried Alien from Quasar ;)

Alaric Shapli said...

Ultron? Cold and unemotional?! I've always thought that one of the interesting things about Ultron in the comics was that he always claimed to be superior to human emotions while actually being extremely emotional (as well as irrational) Think of all his rants, and the way his motivations are shaped so much by hatred. I've never seen him as unemotional.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, Ross. Ultron was a bit "off." I didn't like that he had teeth and i would have had him speak without moving his mouth at all. Also he seemed to be breathing in several scenes like while he spoke with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Robots don't breathe, but actors wearing motion capture do and he should have seemed less human in my opinion. But the action was well done and i did really like the Vision.

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