HMT Movie Club: Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

avengers ultronThis highly anticipated Avengers Sequel with record-busting production budget is finally here… And movies like these make me feel really lucky to be alive to watch it.

I’ll admit now, I am not a Marvel or comic book fan, and therefore I know shit about the original story vs. the movie. I’m just here to give my opinion on this movie, based on what I see.


The Avengers cast has now expanded vastly, there’s new characters like the main antagonist Ultron (James Spader), the twin mutants Scarlet Witch and her bro Quicksilver (Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the abrupt birth of Vision (Paul Bettany, who is also the voice of JARVIS). I am really happy for Paul Bettany, because dude does deserve more than being just the VO for JARVIS…and also quite disappointed that Loki is not part of this sequel. I think Loki is a necessary tool to elevate Thor’s charisma. Otherwise, Thor is literally a piece of meat IMO.

What I really like about this sequel, is the camera angles. There are many times which the camera is chasing the Avengers on duty, it was almost as if I was fighting alongside them. Captain America looks straight into the camera and shouts out his commands right at you. Being in those 3D glasses, although it makes me puke sometimes, can’t get any better. Well maybe some day I will get to feel the wind on my face, but please don’t let me smell the Avengers. Bet they stink like hell.

It was a real treat in terms of action, the movements and interactions are all very well choreographed, and hulk seemed more logical this time, and also a little bit of romantic tension between Hulk & Black Widow. We are also well-rewarded with a glimpse into Black Widow’s  past, which is finally fair to ScarJo since she had been just an eye-candy in the past.

Here’s my performance analysis of each Marvel character & its actors:

  • Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.): Is borderline psycho and radical. He’s not so charming this time round, but frankly the burden. He also looks really old.
  • Captain America (Chris Evans): Is the butt of all jokes in this sequel. Good contrast against his leader-wannabe character. But otherwise, quite boring.
  • Thor (Chris Hemsworth): BFF of the Captain. God-complex, duh, almost break a sweat when Capt moved his hammer. Vision handed him his hammer like it was nothing. He flew away for some answers…something which I don’t fucking understand what’s going on. WTF Thor???
  • HULK (Mark Ruffalo): Is more dynamic this time, more in control of himself, and also what’s not to like with a big guy has a soft spot for our tough Black Widow?
  • Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson): Behind her hardass persona, lies a hopeless romantic, and a troubled and sad past. My favourite parts of the movies were her flashback scenes.
  • Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner): Finally becomes the hero of the day, we are introduced to his secret family, and that his mortality is his biggest strength and contribution to the Avengers.
  • Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson): Super fast cute dude which was initially rude, but saves the day by sacrificing himself. True heroes are judged on their last act.
  • Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen): She looks pretty silly frankly, if not for the CGI placed on her hands, she’ll look like an idiot waving around like she just don’t care. But she stepped up her game and decided to be a hero.
  • Vision (Paul Bettany): WTF, why are you suddenly born? Why the fuck are you so powerful? I hope to be answered by the next franchise. He seems a little naive for his prowess.
  • Ultron (James Spader): Iron Man’s personal Frankenstein. Crazy dude with a psycho-charming radical-terrorist character. My friend said his voice is very very sexy. I didn’t think it mattered. He is just plain annoying, and frankly it seemed very hard to destroy him, but all of a fucking sudden he got destroyed easily?!!!

As you can tell from my gradual frustration, I was very confused with its plot. But who cares about the plot these days right? All it takes to be a good movie, are marvelous cinematic effects that will blow kids’ socks off.

The movie keeps us very distracted by its action sequences, awesome sound, graphics and special effects, sexy actors, tight little humour and eventually a good old mid-credit teaser.

Other than that, the plot is as good as a deflated balloon.

But all you need to know, at the end of this review, is, IS IT WORTH YOUR MONEY?

YES. Watch it in the theatres to get the full blown sensation, and watch it in 3D.
Weekend, weekday doesn’t matter, they are worth it. It is just not the same if you get the DVD or download it. Well, unless you have a home theatre. You can bring your kids, it is kid-friendly, and they will probably enjoy it a lot more than you do.

If you wanted a good plot, you probably should be watching Sundance channel.


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