“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” explodes off the pages of the Marvel Comics onto the big screen in glorious 3-D. Avengers II is chock full of Hollywood stars obviously having a marvelous time. Robert Downey reprises his Iron Man character; Mark Ruffalo stars as the Hulk; Scarlett Johansson is the Black Widow; Chris Evans portrays Captain America; Chris Hemsworth makes a wonderful Thor and Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye.
When Iron Man tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his insidious plan.
The action is non-stop and the computer generated special effects in the film are incredible but the plot is so weak that it is almost non-existent. I think I expected more from Joss Whedon who directed and wrote “The Avengers: the Age of Ultron.”
This is definitely a slam bang blow them up dick-flick. All the men and boys I polled at the Galaxy 14 screening in Chesterfield thought the movie was great. Several people suggested that although they liked this film, they thought the first Avengers film was better. The young man who was sitting to my left thought the movie was fabulous but kept asking me what the characters were saying. There were so many explosions and slayings of robots that it was difficult to hear the dialogue. I was so bored, I kept nodding off, and so did the lady who sat on my right. Luckily neither of us started snoring but you wouldn’t have been able to hear us because of all the explosions on the screen.
James Spader provided the voice of the villainous Ultron. Spader’s voice was wonderful but I didn’t recognize it until I saw the credits. Spader is so good at being bad.
I read in Parade Magazine that Scarlett Johansson was pregnant during the filming. I kept looking at her physique but couldn’t tell that she was pregnant. That was the only thing that kept my attention for very long.
From the ending It is obvious that they are planning more Avenger sequels. I am afraid I will leave future Avenger reviews to someone who likes to have their eardrums damaged and their sleep interrupted but if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 35 don’t miss this film. Everyone else stay home.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens today at Showplace 12 in Edwardsville and at Eastgate showplace 6.