Avengers: Age of Ultron

The sequel to the first Avengers film is one that has been widely anticipated for a long time. This potential blockbuster is the eleventh film to cinematically represent the Marvel Universe. The ensemble cast is sputtered with names of the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Idris Elba and Samuel L. Jackson. The story follows the Avengers in Sokovia, a Eastern European country, where an evil lord has been experimenting on humans. It’s nothing to worry about, it’s just for special abilities – none of those “this is the end, my friend!” scenarios. At least, not in this superhero film…!

There was so much action to this film, it can never leave you room for wanting more. In the five jam-packed scenes, the stunts are meant to knock your socks off – a perfect antidote to those X-Men spinoffs that is really about running too much and “Ooohs!”, “Ahhhs!” and “Arghs!” more than anything. There isn’t anything sentimental about the film, another plus point in the storyline, and the ensemble cast come ready with one-liners, trying to fit into the reel-time comfortably.

There is Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Hulk, who storm the ancient lair of the last Hydra agent that has survived. The agent has the glowing Staff of Loki and has dastardly plans for it, but the two defending it look like they belong in an underground jamming concert. Iron Man recovers the mystical staff and plans on using the energy to protect the planet by creating an army of Artificial Intelligence Iron Men. But this plan does not exactly go his way, and instead he ends up creating another villain, bent on taking the Avengers down.

The gang bond over the course of this film: we see Bruce Banner flirt with one of the mutants, leaving us clueless about where it might all end up. Hawkeye shares his past story as a family-man, which has been a secret all this time, and then the cast attempt to lift Thor’s hammer but fail miserably at it. Initially, it was really about getting as much as possible from as many cast members as you can, to highlight the importance of wonderful Marvel Action figures, in the market.

There are some superhero action films, where the protagonist(s) end up in so much danger, that getting out of it, does your head in, as the story is unfolding. But then they do, thankfully but this film doesn’t have a lot of those storylines, albeit a tearjerker, short story, here and there, that is just sad and unfortunate, no other way to term it. What will the rest of the sequels have in store for us, if the stories keep going in this direction? More danger or less danger? More tears or more funny moments?

Rating: 8/10.


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