Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Avengers :Age of Ultron" (2015) a brief, non-spoilery look

I keep waiting for Marvel to stumble in their movie line. Not even a true dud, but at least a step down in quality. I was pretty sure, however, that this latest entry would not be that misstep. I have too much confidence in the writer/director.

One would think that an action film with ten or eleven super-powered-beings fighting an artificial intelligence that inhabits an army of robots and the internet itself would be nonstop mindless set-pieces. And there are some amazing set-pieces here, to be sure. Some of the best yet. But that is not the movie we get. This is a story with depth of meaning and issues, and lots of character development. For some maybe too much even.

And there are some complaints. I was forced to watch this in 3D. There is no reason for this movie to be in 3D, and it only serves as a distraction at best. Also, some of the sub-plots left me a bit dry. Not that they were bad, but simply unnecessary and maybe forced. (Hawkeye, I’m looking at you.) None of these are big enough to keep me from giving this movie my top rating, and, if you want to be technical about it, my highest rating for a Marvel film yet.

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