Avengers: Age of Ultron
Reviewed by Galen Strickland
This is another film that I'm not sure why I'm reviewing it. It's gonna make a ton of money this weekend, maybe even more than its record-breaking predecessor, 2012's The Avengers, which I did like. This one...not as much. It's pretty much what you'd expect, even more fantastic CGI battles, flying robots, pyrotechnics galore. For me it's a little too much that and not enough introspective character moments. I'll admit I missed some of the dialogue due to a poor sound system in the theater I chose, which is the oldest one still in existence in my town, remodeled for about the fourth time since it stopped being a first run theater back in the mid-70s. I will probably watch this again before it makes it to disc or digital release, but definitely at another theater. If I change my mind I will update this review.
I can't speak to Ultron's origin story being anything like in the original comics. I'm pretty sure I never read any Avengers books, maybe a Thor or Captain American long, long ago. I have read some comments that current titles featuring these characters have changed a few things, but as with any movie adapted from previous material, changes are to be expected. The task of the filmmaker is to make the story coherent for the vast majority of the audience that will only know these characters and situations from the previous movies. In that sense, I suppose Joss Whedon has been successful, but I am glad this will be his last work in the Marvel universe (for a while at least). I'm anxious to see what he does next, hopefully with characters and scenarios that are original with him.
I know very few people read these pages, and even for those that do, my comments won't dissuade them from seeing Ultron if they were already so inclined. Nor should anyone pay attention to these comments. I'm not a comic book fan so I'm not the best judge of this type of film. I'm also not a fan of action for action's sake, preferring story and character over the flash of special effects and stunts. So ignore me, go see the movie and judge for yourself. If you do enjoy it, I am sure you will be in the majority.
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