UMP Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel does its best in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but falls far from the best comic book-based films.

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Thor’s hammer is smashing and bashing, Iron Man’s quick-witted comments are coming from all directions like spraying bullets, Hulk’s green muscles are rippled twice as much as they used to, Captain America’s shield is tossed to literally cut the enemies in half – Joss Whedon must have had a lot of fun working on new “Avengers”. Even though the movie is pompatous, a bit highfalutin, a bit naive and markedly action-packed – it delivers a great deal of entertainment. Ain’t what we all expected? 

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This time the plot focuses  around Ultron – artificial intelligence, which erroneously finds its way to spread in the Internet and create an army of robots. This army has got only one, utlimate purpose – to destroy mankind and replace it with less faullible species to rule the Earth. In spite of this worldwide threat, the “colorful” Avengers will not only have to defeat Ultron, but firstly crystallize a real team to face off the enemy.

Whedon offers a wide variety of “fireworks” in his new blockbuster – we are being delighted with slow motion closeups of the mighty Avengers right in the opening fight sequence, all the squad members use high-tech, non-existing and fully-imaginary toys to enhance the overall brawl they spread – there is literally no time to slow down. Nevertheless, Whedon somehow managed to turn “Avengers: Age of Ultron” into a different direction – the main story is fragmented into each of the Avengers and their enemies – this drilling into smaller subplots is probably the biggest surprise delivered by the director. Each of the superhero is a character made of flesh and bones (paradoxically, even Ultron himself), which greatly contributes to the movie’s overall perception. Especially the party scene, where we get to know the heroes without robes, shields, weapons of all sorts, was a good idea to create a bond with the audience. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” could be just a brainless havoc and mayhem – instead, we have a bit more ambitious havoc and mayhem, with a soul.

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Nevertheless, after watching “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, I start to understand even better the pride of DC’s fans. Marvel stands for light humour, overdrawn differences between each of the team members and unbeliveable haste of action, but in all that – “Avengers: Age of Ultron” somehow loses its comic book spirit. Whedon’s film is like a recap of many other titles we’ve seen before – from “Independence Day”, through “I, Robot”, “Artificial Intelligence: AI” all the way to “Star Wars” and “War of the Worlds”. This blend worked this time, but I’m not sure it will be bearable in next part.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is also extremely star-packed. Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L.Jackson, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner – how many directors would dream of such a team to work with? The actors are almost engaged in the same brawl as their characters, stealing the show for the time they appear on the screen. The epic battle sequences are shot in a picturesque, almost voluminous camerawork and accompanied by soundtrack composed by Danny Elfman – neither exciting nor irritating, but proving, that Mr.Elfman’s best days are over.

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Summarizing, I cannot deny having a lot of fun thanks to “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. It is not any sort of engaging cinematography, which provokes your mind to question your existence or morality. And my sincere tip for those, who did not see it yet: watch it in 3D, even if you hate this technology. Movies like this one are a bomb in 3D.

 

UMP Grade: 36.5/50

Cinematography: 8, Plot: 7, Acting: 8.5, Soundtrack: 6, Quaintness: 7

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