TL;DR – Not as good as the first Avengers, but still a great movie and a great addition to this whole experiment
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Well phase 2 is almost over (still have Ant Man to go) and the culmination of the last few years has to lead us to this, and you know what, it was bloody good.
So we start with the whole gang back together Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/ The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) fighting a battle in Sokovia. The film then takes off from there, and I would say more about the plot but spoilers.
As far as the movie fits in with Marvel’s plan it needed to tie together Phase 2 and propel Phase 3 in motion, and that it accomplishes and more so is a really entertaining movie in its own right.
So the things that worked, Casting. I doubt anyone knew what a good choice it was to cast Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. back in Iron Man 1 but it really paid off here. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/ Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch work really well together and come off as compelling characters given how much progression they got through in such a short space of time. Andy Serkis’ sort of cameo (I’m not sure what the time cutoff is for a cameo) has me really intrigued for what they have planned for Black Panther. Of course, I must mention James Spader as Ultron, who is simply amazing. Now at this point, my brother is writing some sassy comment about I only like James Spader because of Boston Legal. 1) before we go on Boston Legal was amazing and 2) watch the movie yourself and tell me he was not amazing in the role. Of course, we still have all the others, Don Cheadle, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård and of course Samuel L. Jackson. This movie is bursting with characters and they all get their moment to shine (or like not to shine, but then they shine in there not shining moment).
Locations were all really good, Sokovia felt like a real place with real people, which is quite good for one of these Marvel fake countries. Also, it was nice to see Seoul and not like yes this is Seoul, but we filmed it in Milwaukee but it actually felt like Seoul. Also if you designed the sets for this film bravo.
The movie is not without its flaws, there is a lull between act 2 and 3 that feels a little disjointed and could have been problematic if not for act 3 kicking it into high gear. There is a romance subplot in the film which I know some people didn’t like, and I can see why, but I didn’t mind it. And I didn’t think I would miss Loki but I miss Loki, damn you Tom Hiddleston and your British charm. Also after the big build up, the Hydra bosses really feel a bit meh in this film.
As I said I really liked this film, and I can’t wait for phase 3, can highly recommend and not even an emergency evacuation of the cinema could take away from my enjoyment.
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Directed By – Joss Whedon
Written By – Joss Whedon
Starring – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, James Spader & Samuel L. Jackson
Rating – Australia M; Canada: PG; Ireland: 12A; NZ: M; UK: 12A; USA; PG-13