Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: do I really need to tell you?
Where to start?
There are so many things going on in this movie which is not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to keep your eyes and ears open at all times. I’ll do my best to keep it as spoiler free as possible, but if something comes up, it will be hidden under a “spoiler break”. You’ll be OK. Let’s go!
Avengers: Age of Ultron is packed with action. From the very first sequel to the last, the action is unstoppable and will keep you at the edge of your seat. The best part is that every Avenger gets their dose of action and greatness; equality, finally! I have to say I was not pleased with the lack of Hawkeye in the first movie but this one made up for it big time.
There’s a lot more Hawkeye, Black Widow and Bruce Banner, which is greatly appreciated. We get to see a side of Clint that was unknown even to the team, some back-story for Natasha and the struggle Bruce goes through with the “other guy”.
Speaking of Natasha’s back-story, let’s talk about my new favorite badass lady: Scarlet Witch. I knew that after watching it, Scarlet Witch and Vision were going to be my new favorites and I was not wrong.
Our look at the Maximoff twins, with their back-story, how they got their powers and their brother-and-sister relationship is quite complete, I don’t feel there are any plot holes there. Wanda, however, steals the show. Elizabeth Olsen is, in my opinion, the best new element from the Marvel Cinematic Universe; she brought a Wanda Maximoff that is broken, but has the strength to get up and fight with everything, not only for her brother, but also for the rest of the world. She is everything I expected and much more. I love her.
Now, to my other new favorite: the Vision.
As I mentioned on my quick guide, since it was revealed that Paul Bettany was going to play this character, I spent months anxiously (and patiently!) waiting for a look at him. Not much happened, other than three seconds on a trailer, a poster and a clip, so I thought “maybe they are saving the very best for the movie”. And they were! Bettany was just perfect for the role: he brings that mysterious yet deadly vibe to the character. It’s perfection, it really is. The Vision will keep you at the edge of your seat, trust me on that: he does something that not only makes the audience go wild but also makes the Avengers’ jaws drop.
As for our main villain, the rebellious artificial intelligence Ultron… let’s give an ovation to James Spader. He is scary, menacing, and he stills gives himself chance to be sassy. What else can you ask for? Just when you think Ultron is going to stop for a moment, he does something that makes the chaos even bigger. You won’t be disappointed.
Your dose of pain and feels will come mainly from Scarlet Witch’s visions of the worst fears, flashbacks and possible flashforwards from each Avenger. Seriously, no amount of warnings could possible prepare you for all that.
And yes, my friends: someone indeed dies, and doesn’t come back to life. It was the worst heartbreak I’ve felt from the MCU so far. I kid you not, I spent the last half hour of the movie curled up in a ball on my seat, crying. Legit crying. Let me know if you cry, please.
Oh, what’s that? Easter eggs? Yes, plenty. Although more than “Easter eggs”, I would say they are hints to upcoming movies, mainly Black Panther.
It all perfectly connected as well, both to previous movies and to Agents of SHIELD (hey, it’s OK if you don’t follow Agents of SHIELD; a recap of the last episode will save you, but you will be fine even if you don’t know what the connection is). It’s connected to the first Avengers and mostly to Captain America: the Winter Soldier. Of course, I’ve only watched it once so far, but I don’t feel there are any plot holes. It’s all very well built.
Remember: do not leave the room when the credits role. Wait until the fancy credits stop rolling, the mid-credits scene will make your heart stop! Sadly, Joss Whedon was telling the truth and there is no end credits scene, so don’t waste your time on that this time.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has a bit of everything for every taste and, at least in my case, lived up to the expectations and a bit more. I can’t wait for a second screening so I can catch more details!
And please: share your thoughts once you’ve watched it!
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