With an action-packed opening scene that begins at full-throttle, viewers must move just as quickly to understand the villain known as Ultron–and his two formidable threats; Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Be prepared, though, the frantic Olympic pace set early on for the mind-numbing adventure is maintained nearly throughout the 2 hours and 21 minutes.
Despite the heavy doses of computer generated imagery (CGI) typically found in these comic book movies, “Age of Ultron” settles down long enough to allow us to enjoy the best part of the Marvel collection—the odd assortment of Avengers: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Besides Ultron, the voice provided by James Spader from NBC’s hit smash TV show “The Blacklist”, Whedon also brings together some old, regular Marvel characters as well as some new faces.
In “Ultron”, the best scenes use heavy amounts of banter and laughs to establish a good-natured rapport between the super heroes. Continuing that camaraderie will be key to a franchise expected to launch at least ten more Marvel movies within the next decade. To get a snippet into how that may be done, be sure to watch the mid-credits scene at the end of this blockbuster hit.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action. Its running time is 2 hours and 21 minutes.
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