The Movie: 6.5/10
The story is basic enough, a very bad entity wants to destroy humanity and the good guys have to stop the bad “guy” but he wants to convince the good guys they are the bad guys, and alongside the bad “guy” is are enhanced persons who start out bad and hates the good guys but then turns on the bad guy so they want to help the good guys, and in the meantime the bad guy tries to make a better version of his bad self but creates a very good guy who seems bad, or maybe potentially bad but then really really good….got it?
I like the spectacle and the fun of a super hero movie. It’s removed from real life while mixing our pathetic little reality with their big giant super problems. They want to protect us at all costs, but the Marvel Avengers’ methods are often the type that make you force your suspension of belief bubble out just a little farther and reinforce it with ultracoolonium, or some other super hero metal found on a strange planet. Don’t think too much or the whole thing will fall apart, trust me on this, I almost let my rational brain come to the party but closed the door just in time. I was able to just let it all go and enjoy the manic ride with the folks who are working hard to protect us all. Never mind that while they are battling this one digital guy here in this one spot and they all gather together to defeat him that there are probably a dozen other bad dudes and ladies out there plotting and planning the downfall of Earth or humans or SHIELD or something else. So, I guess while we are watching this big kerfuffle with Ultron every other dastardly plan has been put on hold:)
The cast is fine, as always. They all go for it in even the most awkward moments when the dialogue seems, well, lame. They commit fully to the whole concept of being super heroes who are saving the world while cracking jokes. That is not my favorite thing about the way these movies are put together but I can tolerate it since it’s not chronic.
I do like the Scarlet Witch. I’m not sure about the accent, but her power is interesting. It might be underused, I mean, she can get in your head and make you do stuff, so why do we need the Hulk? The fast guy I’m not so sure about. I don’t get why he’s useful in the bigger picture. It seems very specific, but hey, he’s enhanced and he’s the witch’s brother, so we need him around.
There are a lot of nods to upcoming movies, which annoys me, but it’s a whole Marvel world they are creating so I have no control over this. I have absolutely no idea what is up with Thor, he seems like he’s in his own story half the time. Someday when I’m old and just settle in to watch movies 24/7 I will watch the whole of Marvel’s universe and it will all make sense.
Overall it’s a fun flick, big action with some character development tucked in here and there, even if you don’t notice it, it’s there. I am not a fan of the full force franchise model of movie making, but it’s here to stay and I’m going to go along for the ride.
- From The Inside Out Making Age Of Ultron (20 Minutes) – A standard EPK style featurette with lots of interviews, far from the full length documentary we got with the original Iron Man movie though.
- The Infinite 6 (7 Minutes) – If you don’t know your Tesseract from your infinity gem, this is the featurette for you.
- Global Adventure (3 Minutes) – A look at the locations visited to film Age Of Ultron.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (12 Minutes) – Joss Whedon introduces a bevy of deleted scenes.
- Gag Reel (4 Minutes) – People falling over and lots of giggling.
- Audio Commentary With Director Joss Whedon – Joss Whedon is always a joy to listen to and nothing is different here. He discusses the movie at length and even dips into some of the technical aspects of the TV show Agents Of Shield.
- DVD & Disney Anywhere Digital Copy
Cover Art: 5/10
I like the “less is more” approach and this cover does not follow that, but it could have. I don’t like these compilation covers. There are so many more streamlined images they could use to represent the whole group, but hey, I don’t have the power of the design so we are stuck with this. I would not have it as a poster.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Age Of Ultron comes to Blu-Ray courtesy of Disney and a stunning 1080P/AVC transfer is 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Digitally shot on a ton of different cameras this is a pristine looking film that stands head and shoulders above anything that has been released this year. The transfer is so good some of the CGI actually comes off worse as you can see it so well. Black levels are dark, inky and detailed. Flesh tones are super accurate and close-ups have so much detail you can see the make up on Black Widow’s face. This is a superb looking movie that home theatre enthusiasts would be crazy to miss.
The DTS-HD Master 7.1 Audio mix was a surprise to me as it’s slightly lackluster compared to the other Marvel movies. You really have to max your volume dial out to appreciate the subtle nuances of the track which seems a bit unnecessary. Dialog is very clear, surround effects are great it’s just the mid and LFE channels are not quite as vibrant as they should be.
Overall Score 7/10