‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ only worth half the hype

Madison Graham, Reporter



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Now in theaters, Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), along with their other partners in crime-fighting and world-saving, are back in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

      The Avengers have assembled again and are ready to save the world. Yet the question still remains: are they fighting the enemy or each other?  

     In this action flick, directed by Joss Whedon, Iron Man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) convinces Hulk’s friendlier side, Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), to secretly help him create artificial intelligence in order to save his Avenger team (not to mention Earth) after seeing an ominous vision. This vision is created by the Scarlet Witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen, who is a new character to the Marvel films, along with her brother Quicksilver, played by actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The twins, as most characters refer to them, show a different side to the Avengers, as they work to break the team apart piece by piece. 

     However, after Ultron, the artificial intelligence program, frees himself from the confines of Jarvis, Tony Stark’s computer system, and destroys a party that was meant to celebrate the Avengers’ success on a raid against Hydra, the others find out about Tony and Bruce’s “little” secret. Although a joint effort between Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the rest of the gang defeats the robots that Ultron temporarily inhabited, he is “free” because “there are no strings” attached to him as there are to the Avengers.

    Ultron, voiced by James Spader, who is known for his current show “The Blacklist,” is essentially a thinking computer obsessed with the evolution of man. When the Avengers realize this, they start on a quest to eliminate Ultron once and for all. However, all journeys are not void of their challenges, and the toughest one seems to be Ultron himself. He thinks like a human and is more intelligent than the greater half of the homo sapien species, proving a difficult task for even the Avengers themselves. 

     Although Ultron has malicious plans for the world, there is one benefit that comes from his destruction. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch were previously siding with Ultron and helping him with his plan of total world destruction. Yet, when the Scarlet Witch reads Ultron’s mind and sees his end goal, she becomes frightened and leaves with her brother to aid the Avengers in their fight against evil. This one act starts a raging war between good and evil that leads to the battle of all battles.

     As a diehard “Avengers” fan, I loved the movie, but it still has its faults. For example, the real action and adventure didn’t start until there were 45 minutes left in the movie. That means more than two hours of sitting in the theater. Both myself and the people around me were getting antsy by the time the lights came back on. Some even left before the hidden scene at the end of the credits. Finally, this movie just didn’t give me the same feeling as all of the other Marvel films. Walking out of the theater after seeing “Iron Man 3,” I started sobbing because it really seemed like Iron Man was no more. In the first “Avengers” film, I really believed that the world was going to end. Yet, in “Age of Ultron,” I couldn’t help but feel like I wasn’t reeled in like a movie-goer should be.

     In the end, despite my love for all of the characters and Marvel, even the humorous moments couldn’t make up for my growing disappointment.  If you’re a Marvel fan like me and you follow the films, I would most definitely recommend this movie. But if you’re on the fence about seeing it and you’re not a complete Marvel fan, I would say pick another film because this one just didn’t do enough for me.                                                                       


2015-05-19 08:16:35