CCM Interns Review Avengers: Age of Ultron
Three years after the original Avengers, millions of fans assembled (get it?) to see the long-awaited sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since the first film is the third highest grossing movie of all-time (topped only by James Cameron with Avatar and Titanic), it was obvious that people were eagerly waiting for the film to finally arrive. I have been excited for this movie for a long time and was not going to miss the opening night, saw it at 11:00 p.m. with a group of some of my fellow interns. Check out some of our impressions down below.
Evan Morgan, CCM Social Media Intern
As mentioned above, this was a film that I have been eager to see ever since the first one came out. I’m not a Marvel fanboy by any means — if I am being honest, I have to say that Batman is my favorite superhero, but I sure look forward to whenever another installment in Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe is released.
I highly enjoyed Age of Ultron. It had all the elements of the first Avengers, while also standing by itself as a solid film. The characters are as colorful as ever. My favorite Avenger is, so I enjoyed him having a much bigger part in this movie than the first — mostly due to the fact that he was brainwashed by Loki for the first three quarters of the film). The new characters Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and the Vision, were great additions to the universe. Ultron was a highly-enjoyable villain. He was menacing and terrifying but at the same time had a human-ess to him that I could not help but love. The one-liners that we expect from the superhero group are definitely present, and were worthy of a good amount of laughs.
The only negative thing I have to say about the movie is the issue of pacing. While it wasn’t terrible, there were some events that felt too rushed for me, especially the introduction of a character that will become key to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in upcoming films, especially in Blank Panther. It has been confirmed that Joss Whedon’s original cut of the movie was over three hours long. Obviously, he cut out quite a bit, because the theatrical release is 161 minutes long. I have come to learn that if a director cuts more than 25 minutes out of a film due to length issues, there is a good chance that pacing might be an issue in the final version. It is assumed that there will be a large number of deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray/DVD release. If that is so, audiences will be able to get a glimpse of what the original cut was like. What would be even better is if Whedon decided to make an extended version, ala Peter Jackson and his Middle-Earth films.
Stephen Kennedy, CCM Production Intern
I didn’t find myself enjoying this one as much as the previous Avengers movie, but I’m not disappointed. I fully expect to have a better experience watching it a second time, prepared for much less light-hearted experience. Ultron is a fantastically written and surprisingly human character who manages to make the age-old “destroy all humanity” trope seem fresh. The movie does have some pacing issues and doesn’t seem to hold together as well as the last one, but the action is top-notch, and the writing is great-to-brilliant. I will enjoy watching this movie many times over.
Erich Kudlich, CCM Production Intern
After waiting in anticipation for several months, Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally here! Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a “fan” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I did really enjoy the last Avengers movie. In fact, next to Iron Man (2008), I would probably consider The Avengers the best Marvel film yet. So naturally I was pretty excited for Age of Ultron since it seemed to have everything it’s predecessor did — great characters, witty dialogue, and plenty of action and thrills. However, the thing I was most excited about seeing in this movie was the new main villain, Ultron. Ultron is supremely intelligent, always in control, and is above all menacing. However, much to my disappointment, the Ultron we got in this movie was not that. At least not 100% of the time.
Look — we all love the comedy and wit in these superhero movies. They keep the films fun and lighthearted. However, when you have a villain as pure evil as Ultron, and you have him act like a fool just so you can get a laugh from the audience, you really take away from the greatness of his character. I can only assume they didn’t make Ultron as dark as he deserved to be because Marvel has to make sure these movies stay “family friendly.” They have to make sure these movies continue to make the fanboys happy, while also making sure they are appropriate for little kids. That being said, I still really enjoyed this movie. I wouldn’t say that it was as good as it’s predecessor, but it was not in any way a bad film, just a little disappointing.