Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review

I remember my excitement at the first Avengers film – sitting in the cinema waiting for it to start and feeling like a kid at Christmas. So to say my excitement for the second in the expansive Marvel franchise was even more intense you be a severe understatement – especially to know I was about to witness it at the IMAX.

Well I’m glad to say my expectations of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which I must admit were incredibly high going into this, were met in every single possible way, and then some.

Avengers: Assemble (2012) was a blockbuster masterpiece that caught everyone by surprise, quickly becoming the third highest grossing film of all time and turning most people into hardcore superhero fans – so for writer/director Joss Whedon to outperform his original piece of work would take something special – and man was it special.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Co. return for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Leading on from the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron sees ‘Earth’s Mighiest Heroes’ continue their crusade against Hydra without the near limitless help of the now disbanded Government agency that is S.H.I.E.L.D.

But despite the ever present threat from across the universe, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk are about to face an evil a little closer to home, and one that was originally intended to be formidable ally against an even greater evil.

Ultron is the product of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), an artificial intelligence designed to safe guard the world from any future alien attacks – but for all their honorable intentions, Ultron is flawed in such a way that it is hellbent of riding the world of humanity.

With Ultron now unleashed upon the world, the Avengers must figure out a way of stopping him before he can carry out his evil plans – but not all will be easy for this band of heroes, as they must also face a powerful new enemy in the form of enhanced twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) who hold their own very personal vendetta against Tony Stark and all those that stand with him.

Avengers: Age of Ultron offers everything you could want in a film – compelling story-lines, character development and more mind-blowing special effects than the human brain can handle – not to mention more exploration of the Marvel Universe that will inevitably end with a galactic war that will literally be ‘out of this world’.

Once again stars including Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Coby Smoulders, Don Cheadle and Anthony Mackie join the fight against James Spader’s, Ultron – we also get to see, for the first time, Vision, the humanoid alter-ego of Iron Man’s faithful virtual assistant Jarvis (Paul Bettany).

If you haven’t already seen Avengers: Age of Ultron, go see it, especially if it’s in 3D – but prepare to have your mind-blown like never before.