By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
I’m going to have to be the one to tell you this, but you’re going to need to watch Avengers: Age Of Ultron — not just because it’s that good (it is), but it’s also incredibly dense. That makes a certain amount of sense since they’ve added three new superheroes and several new villains — most of which are glorified cameos but the scene Andy Serkis is in makes you hungry for a Black Panther movie.
That’s the only gripe I have with Avengers: Age Of Ultron, so much happens that I had a hard time just keeping up with the revelations and plot threads. There are so many shots from the trailers missing from Avengers: Age Of Ultron, that I think it really could have done with an extended cut. Disney didn’t want the film to go past the 2 hour 22 minute runtime and it was probably done to put more butts into the theater rather than for any story clarity.
There’s a lot I wish they slowed down inAvengers: Age Of Ultron to explain a bit more. I feel they didn’t explain the creation of the twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver well other than they’re experiments and there’s even less about the creation of Ultron and The Vision. Maybe I’ll understand on the second viewing.
The rest of the movie shines and they build on everything that happened previously in the first Avengers as well as the solo films. The action is grander and the characters interact a lot more with each other. Even the new comers get a little bit more development than I thought and feel like a natural fit into the team.
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye absolutely stands out in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and his position within the team makes absolute sense. Makes you really wish we had more of him in the first Avengers film. The question of why a team consisting of a demi-god, a super soldier and cybernetic suited man need an archer? Because they’d fall to pieces without him, he’s the glue that keeps the team working and while I hesitate to use the term father-figure, that’s the best I can come up with.
Ultron is also quite a bit of fun which makes him absolutely terrifying. This isn’t a cold calculating machine, he’s a child capable of wiping out the entire human race with a nasty temper at times. In one scene he accidentally takes off a man’s arm in his rage and then profusely apologizes saying “it will probably get better”. I don’t think the ‘AI trying to take over the world’ story line was ever done with this much… humanity. Take note Terminator: Genisys.
Take any Marvel film, crank it to eleven and you get Avengers: Age Of Ultron. I still wish it was given room to breathe and we do know that the first cut of the film was 3.5 hours long so there is like 68 minutes or so of footage left on the cutting room floor. Let’s hope an extended cut of Avengers: Age Of Ultron comes out in the future on Blu-ray, because I’m sure I’d give that movie the full five star treatment. Now go buy two tickets to the film.