Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the follow-up to the ultra successful Joss Whedon film. The picture completes Marvel Studios' Phase 2 films, which includes Joss Whedon, Joss Whedon, Joss Whedon, and Joss Whedon. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: May 01, 2015
Rated PG-13 for intense Sequences of Sci-Fi Sction, Violence and Destruction, and Some Suggestive
Runtime: 2 hr. 21 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Avengers: Age of Ultron is successful enough to keep the status quo established by the first team up film. It doesn’t do anything spectacularly more impressive that its predecessor and some of the beats and moments feel similar for good reason. The old saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is incredibly fitting. The new characters add a smattering of freshness to it but all of them feel as underdeveloped as Elizabeth Olsen’s variable accent. Ultron is an interesting villain but I couldn’t help feeling his characterization was rather rushed throughout. James Spader does a fine job of keeping the character interesting even if he’s not as devilishly charismatic as Loki. The main cast of characters all slip into their roles easily and honestly by this point it’s old hat. Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo share some of the film’s quieter moments which also deliver the biggest emotional impact. Jeremy Renner gets a deeper back story and some of the film’s best lines; one can’t help but wonder if Joss Whedon was making up for his limited role in the first film. As for Whedon, you can’t help but admire the guy’s dexterity at keeping most of the ball in the air all throughout. It’s not perfect and you can’t help but feel like some subplots got left on the cutting room floor, even then the film’s a tad overlong. Still, it’s an enjoyable Marvel superhero film which does everything you want from a solid blockbuster.