Monday, 18 May 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review










Avengers: Age of Ultron


Release Date: 23rd April 2015 - Australia


Production Companies
Marvel Studios
Marvel Entertainment

Distribution 
Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 141 minutes


Budget: $279,900,000

Box Office Gross: $1,402,413,868
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When Tony Stark tries to
jumpstart a dominant peace-
keeping program, things go
awry and Earth's Mightiest
Heroes, including Iron Man,
Captain America, Thor,
The Incredible Hulk, Black
Widow and Hawkeye, 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 terrible plans, and soon
'Avengers: Age of Ultron' first stills: Iron Man fights The Hulk; Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch flex their superpowersuneasy alliances and
unexpected action pave
the way for an epic and
global adventure.


Cast
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tony
Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans - Steve Rogers/
Captain America
Mark Ruffalo - Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk
Lou Ferrigno - Hulk (Voice)
Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Scarlett Johansson - Natasha
Romanoff/Black Widow
Jeremy Renner - Clint Barton/Hawkeye
James Spader - Ultron (Voice)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Pietro
Maximoff/Quicksilver
Elizabeth Olsen - Wanda
Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Paul Bettany - JARVIS/Vision
Samuel L. Jackson - Nick Fury
Don Cheadle - James Rhodes/War Machine
Cobie Smulders - Maria Hill
Anthony Mackie - Sam Wilson/The Falcon
Hayley Atwell - Peggy Carter
Stellan Skarsgard - Erik Selvig
Linda Cardellini - Laura Barton
Claudia Kim - Dr. Helen Cho
Thomas Kretschmann - Strucker
Andy Serkis - Ulysses Klaue
Henry Goodman - Dr. List
Idris Elba - Heimdall
Josh Brolin - Thanos

Crew
Writer/Director - Joss Whedon
Based on Comic Book Series
"The Avengers"/Executive
Producer - Stan Lee
Based on Comic Book Series
"The Avengers" - Jack Kirby
Producer - Kevin Feige
Production Designer - Charles Wood
Costume Designer - Alexandra Byrne
Cinematography - Ben Davis
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Ben Snow
Visual Effects Producers - Abbigail Keller, Ron Ames and Lauren Weidel
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Ray McMaster, Michael Mulholland, Katherine Rodtsbrooks, Dan Seddon,
Alan Torres, Ryan Stafford, Dusan Strugar and
Christopher Townsend
Visual Effects Supervisor: Animal Logic VFX -
Paul Butterworth
Animation Supervisor - Erik De Boer
Film Editors - Jeffrey Ford and
Lisa Lassek
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman


Review
In 2012 when I first came to see the first AVENGERS movie (click here) on the 3D aspect upon its initial screening, I was amazed by its quality and proclaimed it to be one of the best from the superhero-action genre next to THE DARK KNIGHT (click here). Having glorious anticipations and high hopes for the newly fresh instalment AGE OF ULTRON, I find that its not as powerful as it due to a lack of fanciful qualities of fun and energy which blended together to make the first one irresistible to every die-hard comic book fan. Although this is only Joss Whedon's second time he directed (and wrote) a feature to continue Marvel's first superhero league on a big-scale, I would say that he has proven his worth as an accomplished visionary director. The visuals are flawless, every frame is top-notch.

Other factors aside from the CGI expansion include the acting from the original cast which continues to empower the sequel. The talented newcomer James Spader gives a sharp but intensifying vocal performance as the killer android Ultron. He provides a subtle impression of an evil metallic version of Tony Stark minus the humanity that is just deep and compelling of which I would best describe as a HAL 9000 (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) trapped in a machine's body.

This movie has been made on a big budget and this I would say has been money well spent as the scenes are of such a large scale and magnitude. That's all for now in reviewing the sequel of THE AVENGERS and I would definitely watch it again, but I would not say it is better than the first instalment.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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