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Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 12, 2017

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Director: Joss Whedon
Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

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Synopsis: The Avengers assemble once more to bring to task a renegade AI programme: Ultron.

Review: The return of the Avengers crew, though bringing little new to the table after the 2012 series opener, Avengers Assemble, is an amiable enough hokum diversion for 2+ hours. More than anything, it’s a chance to enjoy a smorgasbord of Hollywood pros having evident fun with their superhero detour. The film certainly wears its graphic novel pretensions lightly.

The opening in media res skit is a clever way to introduce all the characters (with associated ‘skills’ and repartee) in one brisk action sequence. One thing that’s always struck me though about all this repartee and ‘banter’ is that it begs the question if the project is somewhat self-defeating when arguably its best feature is its proclivity to take the piss out of itself. Certainly the film’s least interesting part is the obligatory techno genre exposition we’ve seen from scores of other superhero films.

Indisputably the best section of the whole film is the midway ‘hideout’ detour in Hawkeye’s house. It slows the action right down, and we get some lovely little character segues, with the actors actually getting the chance to show a little range. Pushing the film even further down this route, and away from the relentless treadmill of action sequences, could be the best remedy to ensure the endurance and novelty of the Avengers series for some time to come. (May 2017)

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