Marvel are really nailing it when it comes to their movies. It will be hard to keep producing quality film after quality film, especially if they all rotate around some kind of superhero (human or not).
There are a ton of spoilers in this review so don’t read it if you haven’t seen the film or don’t want to know what happens. They all die! Just kidding… or am I? You have been warned. I’ll try and keep things simple and short.
Here are some general thoughts.
Ultron as a villain works… just. My personal feeling is that even if this film was rubbish, I’d still love it. The enjoyment of seeing these heroes on the screen is just too good and hasn’t worn thin on me.
In the comics, Ultron has returned time and again and he’s a good comic book villain. In this film, he appears too quickly and his intent seems based on nothing other than the fact the Tony Stark made him. However, I still think it worked. Bearing in mind that in the first film they were fighting aliens, now fighting a robot (highly intelligent AI android albeit) might seem less of a concern. Either way, Ultron created enough of a threat that you felt like it needed serious Avengers attention. The use of the infinity gem/stone helped it work. Without that (and the scepter), I think the AI villain thing would have struggled to work.
The Twins are an interesting choice and they grow into their roles well as the film progressed. I still think the Quicksilver kitchen scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past is hard to beat but the Avengers version is pretty decent. Note: this is a far superior movie to that X-Men movie. We could have maybe seen more of a back story with them although it’s hard to cover every character without making it too long. The Scarlet Witch is actually a very cool character (and incredibly powerful) so I hope we see more from her.
The Vision. Again, a very cool character. He was done very well in the film. I like Paul Bettany. He’s got an excellent speaking voice and his transition from Jarvis to Vision is pretty cool and very well handled.
The banter between the team remains sharp and witty for the most part. The action scenes are ever more epic and there are a couple of times where it gets too much, but thats the nature of these movies and it generally recovers pretty well.
Other notable mentions. Cap was awesome as always. A few scenes were suggestive of the Civil War rift yet to come. Hulk got more screen time. Hawkeye was given more of a back story, as was Widow. Thor was Thor. It was good to see the backup characters making an entrance, although there was very little mention of Shield insofar as tying into the TV series. And no Phil. Wakanda got a mention – cool!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will go and see it again (happy face). It does have a darker mood than the first movie but it needs to as the team question and realise what it really means to be the last line of defence.