Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Director: Joss Whedon
Producer:  Kevin Feige
Writers: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, and others
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany

Plot:  After cleaning up the remnants of the Hydra base that is lead by Baron Strucker the Avengers have taken possession of Loki’s scepter.  Once in the laboratory Tony and Bruce use the artificial intelligence that is trapped inside the jewel of the scepter to create an AI named Ultron whose purpose is to guard the world.  However, Ultron has ideas of his own and taking over Jarvis uses Tony’s lab to create his own body made of Ton’s Iron Man armor.  He then crashes the party that the Avengers are having  and tells his creators that his strings have been cut and he is no longer their puppet.  His body is destroyed but his mind has fled down the Internet and connects with another body.  He then contacts two people who have been modified using Loki’s staff Pietro and Wanda.  Pietro can run superhuman speeds and Wanda manipulates minds and has telekinesis.  The three of them plot the over throw of the Avengers.

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All right let me say that if you are in the mood for an action flick this is it, you have your mindless two hours of your life spent in front of a large screen planned out for you.  And there is my main problem with the movie.  I read the original Ultron story when it came out.  It wasn’t Stark and Banner who created Ultron it was Henry Pym.  And the creature had an Oedipal complex like you wouldn’t believe. And they can’t do that story.  No, mainly because Henry Pym is busy stealing the Ant Man costume that he invented but enough of that.  No that story, the creation of an AI robot with an Oedipal complex it is too complex, the average movie goer doesn’t know Oedipus from Carlo Collodi more the pity.   Instead we have the story of an AI whose purpose is to protect the human race that when he accesses the world wild web comes to the conclusion that the best way to protect the human race is to create a mass extinction event in order that humans can evolve.

So, what you actually have is a secular Adam rebelling against his secular Creator(s) to make human evolution happen at faster pace.  Can anyone say Genesis first three chapters?  And frankly Mary Shelley should sue Joss Whedon because there is obvious elements from her story being used by Whedon here too.

Now there is good moments in this film too don’t get me wrong I didn’t spend two hours grousing at the screen. I like the fact that Steve Rogers reprimands the Stark for his off colored language.  It shows that Steve Rogers came from a more polite time where that language wasn’t used in polite company or in front of women, or woman in the case of the Black Widow.  The scenes where the male Avengers try to lift Thor’s hammer, and the concerned look on Thor’s face when Steve rocks the hammer a bit was priceless.  Along with Tony’s insistence it was some sort advanced technology using Thor’s fingerprints.  I also like the fact that Paul Bettany finally gets out of behind the computer and gets a visual role in the movie even if all that make up made him quite the vision.  Lastly I liked that Hawkeye, Cliff Barton, has a family hidden away that he goes to keep centered on the important things.

Things I thought were unbelievable Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff as an item, I’m sorry where did Betty Ross go? Seriously though there was nothing there, nothing!  I generate more sparks dragging my feet across a wool rug.  Please quit doing this kind of stuff Marvel it is embarrassing.

Avengers has fantasy violence, some profanity, it deserves the PG-13 rating.  I give it three stars out of five only see it at a matinée don’t pay full price.  Or wait until it hits the second run theaters.