When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.It almost seems silly to write a review for a new Marvel movie. I mean, with such a track record of big screen hits, great stories, awesome characters, and witty dialogue, it seems pretty much a sure thing that the trend will continue. And I think it really has with this latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, due out this week, on May 1. I had the chance to see it last week, in 3D, at a press screening, and it had me from the get-go.
As should be expected, there's lots of action, tension, things blowing up, and humour. Fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. This film introduces a new villain, Ultron, played by James Spader. Now, I love James Spader and am a diehard Blacklist fan. That said, I did find a lot of Ultron's personality really reminded me of Spader's Reddington, and that was a bit distracting. Still, an intriguing and complex villain who proves a real challenge for the Avengers. We are also introduced to two new characters - a set of twins who have been genetically modified to give them amazing powers - super speed and telekinesis.
On top of all the action, Age of Ultron introduces a couple of romantic subplots, and provides more insight into the lives of some characters. Personally, I really enjoyed those additions.
A couple of notes - I sat in the front half of the theatre and I found some of the 3D scenes a little overwhelming, particularly the opening battle sequence. I would recommend maybe sitting a little further back - middle to back of the theatre if you're doing 3D. Of course, that may be just my aging eyes. And, be sure to stay past the first part of the credits - there is an important bonus bit. But there's nothing right at the end, so you're safe to leave after that.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 141 minutes. But it won't seem that long, because you and your family will be enjoying it so much!
And here's a taste for you -
So, where will you be May 1?