Great acting and cool effects but same old story.
The film starts off with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) invading a Hydra facility to take back the sceptre. There they have their first encounter with the Maximoff twins, Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen). After getting back to HQ, Stark convinces Banner to help him build an Artificial Intelligence, and Ultron (voiced by James Spader) is born who believes that destroying the world is the way to save it.
To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed in the film. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but the story was nothing new. You might argue that it’s not much of the story that these comics/films are about, but rather the action and powers, but still, even in the comics there is progression and character development.
The visual effects was great as usual, and the action scenes pretty exciting. However, it seemed like the majority of the film either involved fighting or talking and that was pretty repetitive. It got a little tiresome watching fights and explosions, plus this time there was no charismatic, fun Loki to keep the film centred around. The film just basically had the same hurdle the avengers had to get through, which was to work together as a team.
Other than that, I liked how we had more of a glimpse into Hawkeye’s life, as well as a more human view of Hulk and Black Widow. I was not expecting them to be inclined towards each other but it was cute.
The script seemed a bit much though. There was quite a few funny moments but in all it seemed like the writers added too many lines for each character just for the sake of laughter. Too many one liners and there wasn’t much conversation between the characters as well. This also made it seem like the avengers were not that serious about the end of the world.
So in my opinion, the first avengers film was definitely much better. Though I still like this film, it didn’t wow me, and it felt a little tiresome watching the fighting scenes again and again. Though I liked how a few of the other characters from their personal films appeared, and the addition of the Maximoff twins was interesting but could have been further explored.
PROS: Acting, effects
CONS: Shallow story, fighting, not much character development
I give this a 7/10.
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