Coming off a superb year of Marvel films, expectations were understandably high for this second Avengers movie – Age Of Ultron. I was actually disappointed with the first Avengers film – and with my recently re-watching of it, still feel that it misses the mark in what this franchise can achieve.

Joining our established heroes are new faces in the form of Ultron (James Spader) and the “gifted” twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen <== no stranger to twins, herself) combining once more (after portraying husband and wife in last year's Godzilla). However, it’s the ten year journey of Paul Bettany as voice-companion Jarvis to his evolution as the Vision which clearly steals the show.

From start to finish non-stop action, but all of it assists developing the character’s motivations, as well as progressing the plot. Nonetheless, a lot of innocent buildings get smashed up as collateral.

I saw this film initially in 3-D and then a few days later in 2-D. As is my common experience, the 3-D adds very little to the film, and would recommend viewers opt to see it in traditional 2-D screenings, instead. The only real distraction I have with the movie is that the story either had misdirection or change of heart at the obvious lead-up to killing off a certain member of the team. Maybe it was misdirection? If so, the benefits of what alternatively happens is likely to have major plot ramification in the latter films.

The movie has many highlights, as director Joss Whedon skilfully balances emotional incidents with comedic moments. This is the kind of Avengers experience I’ve been waiting to see. It is the kind of Avengers team the world needs.

Finally .. this is THE Avengers.

score: 9 out of 10.



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