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MOVIE REVIEW | Avengers: Age of Ultron

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By Dustin Heller

(May 1, 2015) – All of your favorite superheroes from the Marvel Universe are back together again and ready to save the world in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Its predecessor, The Avengers, went on to become the third-highest grossing film of all time with over $1.5 billion in earnings worldwide.  Just like the first film, Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon.  Whedon is obviously most famous for his work on the Avengers movies, but he is also the creator of some pretty great television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Age of Ultron boasts a huge ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr.Chris HemsworthMark Ruffalo, Chris EvansScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerDon CheadleAaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth OlsenPaul BettanyCobie SmuldersAnthony MackieHayley AtwellIdris Elba, Stellan SkarsgårdJames Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson.  That’s a lot of big name stars to have in one movie.  The film opens in the U.S. this Friday in 3D and IMAX 3D and is hoping to shatter box office records once again.  This thing is going to be huge!

The team is all back together again and in search of Loki’s scepter which is being used to experiment on humans.  The Avengers track it down in the European country of Sokovia where they encounter two of the human experiments; one with superhuman speed and the other with mind control powers.  As Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is retrieving the scepter, he has a vision of how powerful it could be and has an idea on how to rid the world of war.

Without telling the rest of the team, Stark and Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) work to create an artificial intelligence with the scepter’s gem to complete a global defense system known as Ultron.  Things quickly get out of hand when Ultron has a mind of its own and a whole world of information at its fingertips.  Ultron’s mission is to destroy humanity in order to save the Earth and that starts with destroying the Avengers.  The team must come together now more than ever if they’re going to stop Ultron and save the planet; they might just need some help in order to do so.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is everything I thought it was going to be and everything I had hoped it would be.  It is pretty much bigger and better than the first film on all levels, although the plot is a little more confusing in this one.  More superheroes, more battles, bigger enemies, more destruction–this movie has it all.  The special effects are absolutely amazing as it feels as if what you are watching on-screen could actually happen in real life.  That is the magic of the movies and Age of Ultron has everything you could ever want in a big summer popcorn movie extravaganza.

These characters are so familiar by now that the acting might go unappreciated, but everyone does a fantastic job and the addition of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson was spot-on casting.  Joss Whedon has recently spoken about the stress that comes from living up to the expectations of the first Avengers film, not just whether or not people like it, but the box office receipts as well.  I personally feel that Joss doesn’t have anything to worry about because this is going to be a smash hit and will make money hand over fist.  Marvel fans will celebrate and everyday movie fans will be entertained as well.  This is what summer blockbuster movie season is all about.

Grade:  A-

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on Friday, May 1.