The Avengers: Age of Ultron continues its strong hold on the box office by bringing in another solid weekend of revenue. This time it beat expectations and grossed $5.3 million in the United States.
When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reinvents a dormant peacekeeping agency, things go horribly wrong, prompting him, the Fantastic Four (Ben Kingsley, Chris Evans, etc.) and the Avengers (including Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Thor himself) to reassemble to save the world. As the world hangs in the balance, they find themselves up against an even more sinister enemy, Ultron. Along the way, they also encounter two new and mysterious newcomers, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is well worth the time, though it's not without its faults. For one, the comic book element of the movie never really comes into play. There is no sense of urgency to fill in the blanks left by the movie, meaning that the end result is a movie that is more of an event film than a blockbuster movie.
But beyond the comic book elements, this is essentially a good superhero movie. In fact, the character of Ultron was a surprise to most people, but by the end of this movie he becomes more of a threat than ever. This is partly because he becomes more unpredictable and partly because he gains more strength and abilities and has the ability to go toe-to-toe with the Avengers.
Of course, while Ultron is a major threat, he's also a great villain and a big reason for the movie's success. The introduction of an established villain (and one that we've already seen from earlier comic book appearances) creates a sense of urgency and mystery for the audience and gives us a chance to root for him rather than the heroes.
Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron is an exciting, entertaining and well-acted film. and if you have any sort of patience or interest in the Marvel universe, I recommend that you see it. - after all, it's well worth the cost.
Some of the best parts of this movie are those that take place in Sokovia (the fictional nation where the events of the film take place), with its red and blue skies and the stunning mountains that dominate the landscape. Other than that, though, this is an average action film. It lacks the emotional depth of The Incredible Hulk (aside from some excellent cameos by Iron Man's friends), but it's a fun watch for those who like to see their favorite superheroes getting into the ring.
Overall, I think the biggest problem in Avengers: Age of Ultron is its pace, which is inconsistent and the film's climax feels rushed in comparison to the first part of the film. I don't mind it all that much, but if you're expecting the grandiose epic of the first part then you may want to consider watching another film.
Overall, though, this is a fun and entertaining superhero movie. - it just needs some work. I can't help but be a little disappointed at its pace - but overall, I found the plot and characters to be extremely well-done, so I'd recommend it to any fans of the Marvel franchise.