So does the new live-action ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ live up to its superhero hype? Should you be pre-ordering your tickets and getting ready to moon over Thor’s golden locks and Chris Evans’ pecs? See what the pros have to say!
Are you drooling at the thought of fast action, hero girl/boy bonding and a terrifying new threat to the world? Plus, the chance to meet two intriguing new characters — Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? Then read our review roundup and decide whether you’ll be spending over two hours in the dark with Avengers: Age of Ultron, out May 1.
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Reviews — Critics Love The Superhero Sequel
For all its box office muscle (making it the third-highest domestic and global grosser of all time, behind “Avatar” and “Titanic”), “The Avengers” was hardly the most glittering gem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, arguably more memorable for its snappy banter between caped crusaders than for its two gargantuan, pummeling action setpieces (one on a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier, the other on the streets of Manhattan), which seemed haphazardly stitched together by Whedon and his editors, as if they were being paid by the cut. That movie largely lacked the more intimate, character-building moments that had distinguished the first “Iron Man” and “Captain America” adventures from the superhero herd.
The amazing thing about Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it’s reasonably enjoyable while feeling less like a movie than an epic sowing of seeds for multiple Marvel properties. Perhaps only Joss Whedon — fanboy, scholar, hack, pop visionary, humanist — could satisfy both nerd-do-well Comic-Conners and corporate masters so thoroughly. He has managed to locate the epicenter of the “universe” universe.
Avengers: Age of Ultron plays like an obligation, a box to be checked off on a list before all parties move on to the things they really want to do. The story is shockingly inconsequential, both in terms of the overall Marvel cinematic universe and even in terms of stand-alone Avengers movies. It hits all the marks, providing big-scale action and the required witty banter, but there is an air of artifice and irrelevance to the whole affair. The situations that occur in this fantastical sequel are theoretically world-changing and should be game-changing to the Marvel universe, yet the implications are either ignored or tossed off as if it were just another episode of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
It would be silly to pretend that Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t good at what it does, that it’s not proficient at delivering superhero thrills for those who crave them most. With a budget of $250 million, a surfeit of stunts, explosions and computer effects, not to mention a checklist of Marvel Comics champions that includes Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow and Hawkeye, this “Avengers” definitely does not go the minimalist route. (It even throws in a couple of characters named Maximoff for good measure.)
HollywoodLifers — after reading these reviews, do YOU still plan on seeing Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters? Let us know!
— Evan Real