So I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron over two weeks ago, and for two weeks I’ve been thinking about this movie, whether I liked it or not, if it was disappointing or not etc etc. But I feel like after watching the movie again, I’m ready to discuss. So let’s discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron!
First I’ll just spit out my overall thoughts about the movie: the first time I watched the movie, I was slightly disappointed. The second time I watched it, with adjusted expectations, I enjoyed it more. Overall I think the movie was good, not great, but super fun. Walking out of the cinemas, my friend described the movie as a ‘filler’ movie, which I’m inclined to agree with.
Okay but now let’s really talk about this movie. The only promotional footage I watched of Avengers: Age of Ultron, were the first 2 trailers. The first 2 trailers presented the movie as darker, and more serious compared to the first Avengers film. Now of course I’m not an idiot, and I know that this is still a MCU movie, so there will be plenty of fun as well. However the trailers set up a completely different tone that the film itself failed to meet, and that therein lies my main problem.
As that was the only promotional footage of the film I saw, I was expecting something quite different from what we got. However what we got was more of the same as the other Marvel movies.
Reading the comments online, Avengers: Age of Ultron seems quite mixed. Many loved it, others not so much. A major defending point I have read online about the film is that it’s an Avengers movie, it’s supposed to just be fun and big, we shouldn’t have expected anything else.
Well to that I call bullshit. Yes we go see the Avengers to see huge, Summer movie fun, but don’t present your film as completely tonally different in your trailers, than what you’re actually going to give us. I don’t have any problem with Age of Ultron being an even funnier movie than the first Avengers movie, just don’t present it as otherwise.
Take Ultron for example. Ultron in the trailers was presented as menacing, and the biggest threat the Avengers have ever faced. The trailers were bleak and dark, and presented a picture considerably different from the first Avengers movie. When the first trailer came out people were saying that this could be the ‘Empires Strikes Back’ for the Avengers franchise. However everything felt very inconsequential in the movie. Yeah Quicksilver died, but it was just, here is Ultron, we fight Ultron, he is defeated, moving on. And that’s it. But anyways back to Ultron, now first let me preface this by saying, I think Ultron is one of the better villains of the MCU, but he still isn’t that memorable.
I know the primary purpose of an Avengers movie is to give their audience great, Summer blockbuster action fun, but don’t we have the right to expect a little more? Especially considering the trailers made it seem like we were. Yes the action pieces were great, but maybe giving a little more time to Ultron would have given us a compelling villain.
Yeah superhero movies are supposed to be fun, but do they have to be mindless? I don’t think so. And it would have been nice if they utilised Ultron a lot more. Some of the best villains are the ones that genuinely make the hero question themselves. Instead of going from 0 to 100 with Ultron, it would have been nice to see a lead up of his philosophy, surrounding how the world is a better place without The Avengers. No one really questioned if he was right, except for Captain America. Considering Iron Man created him, you would think there would have been more of a personal conflict between Ultron and Iron Man, and instead we were left with brief exchanges of witty banter, which is fun, but nothing more. Ultron should have made Iron Man question himself, his actions. Ultron should have made the audience question ourselves, that maybe he has a point.
However there were some really great Ultron moments. There is a sense of genuine care between Ultron and the twins. Near the end of the battle, he pleas with Scarlet Witch to leave, because otherwise she will die. We gain a sense of humanity from him, which is an interesting layer, considering he views humanity as scum. That conflict over his sense of humanity could have added a really interesting layer to his character, if they had bothered to develop him more. And because his character went from 0 to 100, his motivations were weak and cliche. He should have made the audience really think that maybe humanity would be better off starting again, instead he was just another crazy evil dude.
Although it wasn’t all bad, Vision has quickly become one of my favourite characters in the MCU. Why? Because he actually has a unique, interesting perspective. In one of the best moments of the film, the conversation between Vision and Ultron provides a nice quiet moment, of actual contemplation about humanity. “Humans are odd, they think order and chaos are opposites, try to control what won’t. They’re doomed….Yes, but a thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts. It’s a privilege to be among them”. Vision is an AI who’s trying to understand humanity. He agrees that humanity is doomed, but doesn’t see the fault in that. He merely is observing and involving himself with humanity, to help gain a deeper insight into himself. It’s the existential crisis that should have been a bigger part of Ultron’s character as well.
However where the strength of the Avengers franchise lies is with the team dynamics, which I thought were done pretty well. We get a little taste of the growing tension between Tony and Cap which was great to see. I thought the Hulk/Black Widow romance came out of nowhere, but the Beauty and the Beast story arc was a nice touch as well (oh and by no means makes her less of a character/damsel in distress). Overall I would say I just went in expecting something different, and got more of the same (because really fighting a giant army of robots is the same as fighting a giant army of aliens). Although Captain American: Civil War looks like I’ll be getting the movie that I wanted out of this one, which is exciting to see!
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