Sunday, May 3, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Movie Name: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Joss Whedon
Stars:Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Don Cheadle, Linda Cardellini, Claudia Kim, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Julie Delpy, Thomas Kretschmann, Henry Goodman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 5

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is the latest directorial effort from Joss Whedon, and another staple in Marvel studios yearly output. The film follows the events from the first "Avengers" and also integrates the timeline established from both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Iron Man 3". The film focuses on the attempt by Iron Man/Tony Stark, to start an artificial intelligence program to help protect Earth, however this creature by the name of Ultron goes awry, and tries to eliminate humankind. It's up to the Avengers, with the aid of some new partners, to battle this creature, and prevent the destruction of the planet.
Most of Marvel studios features have become synonyms with films of polished execution, with reputable casts, and anonymous directors who are competent in their interpretation of the characters, but have close to no discernible point of view. The second chapter of "The Avengers" again follows the eclectic team, shedding some further light into some of their troubled pasts (briefly), but for the most part, focuses on building some dialogue bridges in between large action set pieces (that involve a lot of visual effects). What has become troublesome for these films, lies in an interesting paradox - as the scenarios become more complex with more and more characters, the more hollow and devoid of meaning and significance these films are. The menaces have become such abstract concepts, since in the end, the heroes always prevail. The actors go through the motions, exhibiting humor but not adding much gravitas or depth. There's a definite quality in all the terrific talent put on display, from the cinematography, score, visual effects, but all of that doesn't necessarily add up to a good film. Another quickly forgotten big budget film.