Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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!