Even at their worst (Iron Man 2
), the Marvel movies (The real ones, not that sh*t Fox and Sony keep excreting) are always a fun ride, well worth the price of a cinema ticket. Age of Ultron
maintains that level of entertainment.
Despite having a huge array of characters nibbling at screen time, it never feels as sluggish as the midsection of the first Avengers
flick. It rockets along at a glorious pace and maintains focus on its own story, but at the same time, Age of Ultron
isn’t as good a tale.
felt like the end point that multiple movies had been leading up to, Age of Ultron
doesn’t seem to further the series’ overarching narrative. It exists purely so we can spend more time in the company of the characters we know and love. Not a bad thing per se, especially with the usual barrage of fast quips and gags causing some genuine LOL moments (“I’m sorry”), but it does make the movie seem more forgettable than those before it. It has no real beginning and no real end. In the future, when we’re doing movie marathons and watching the Marvel films back-to-back, this will be one of those that you don’t mind leaving for a pee break. To its companion movies, it’s what Two Towers
is to Fellowship of the Ring
and Return of the King
: the middle one where there’s some walking, some talking and some fighting, but we’re really just killing time before the final chapter.
While Ultron is played brilliantly and makes a supurb villain, Baron Strucker and Hydra, whose presence had been built up at the tail end of Winter Soldier
, are utterly wasted. Both register barely a blip in Age of Ultron when it seemed they should have had a more prominent role. I don’t mind if the conflict with Hydra is confined to the Agents of SHIELD TV series, but if there’s no space for them in the movies: don’t put them in! Good villains are hard to come by. Use them properly!
Oh, and don't wait until the end of the credits. We get a mid-credits stinger but nothing else...... I was kinda hoping for Spiderman.