Not terrible, I guess, if only because Whedon is able to breathe at least some life into what is otherwise a deadening and exhausting formula. Still, as with almost all Marvel films, my eyes simply glaze over as soon as the action starts. Its scope is so large and textures so flat that it makes absolutely no visual impact: just another scene of destruction.
Maybe my hopes were too high for Age of Ultron and though I can say it was a good movie its also a disappointing one. Full of contrivances like the Hulk/Black Widow romance and Hawkeye's secret family, it felt like Joss Whedon either got mono halfway through the production or sandbagged to spite Marvel studios. The abrupt retirement of multiple characters was also off but at least he Daredevil series is out there.
Comparing this one and the first is like revealing how a man loses his soul and his control on material when it's so littered with obligatory showcasing as this is. Strangely goes out of its way to show the Avengers unworthiness of being god-like arbiters of peace, then forgets it. Really lame action, worse politics, bad accents.
Three years after being *the* event movie of the summer, Marvel's tentpole franchise returns as - unfortunately but perhaps predictably - 'just another Marvel movie'. Joss Whedon tries to inject some life into proceedings with his usual dose of snappy banter, but it's difficult to shake the feeling that you're merely watching the latest episode in one drawn out, ridiculously over-budget, made-by-committee TV series.
There's some serious shit going on here in terms of subversion and dealing with the contradictory nature of superheroes, more so than most films in the genre, (the destruction and havoc caused, what they really stand for, the change they would bring or lack of, are they fascist or not?) and what that means for the world. Flawed but entertaining and interesting.
Diminishing Returns: Assemble! Perfect casting, snappy dialogue, weightless action, and a dull antagonist. It's odd to reflect that, in the entire Marvel cinematic canon, the most threatening villain was Robert Redford's. A:AoU's one great idea - albeit poorly executed - is to give extra screen time to Jeremy Renner's character, whose humanity and insecurity among so many alphas gives us a new, grounded viewpoint.
2.3. Whedon... What the fuck happened to the script? Everything is worse than the first installment. Rushed. Dull and bland. No substance. Extra 0,5 to the rating due to the appearance of Vision - the best character in the movie.
This is the best they could come up with??? Joss Whedon becomes the new Michael Bay with this loud, kinetic effects strewn mess of a picture. At this point the term Marvel is akin to printing money and fan expectation is easily given the short shrift. For every 'Captain America' we're also given a mess like 'Iron Man 3' or this latest headache inducer. Has it moments but still feels like a wasted opportunity.