Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

This follows the run-up to the movie in the previous post.

There was once a Hindi multi-starrer called Jaani Dushman (1979) that had more stars than a bowl of breakfast cereal and the only way to deal with all of them was to keep bumping them off.

Age of Ultron does not kill off its heroes, but it does have a problem managing them. There are just too many: apart from Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, Captain America and Hawkeye, we have Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision along with Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, War Machine, The Falcon, Erik Selvig, Heimdall, Helen Cho and Hawkeye’s wife. Whew! Thankfully Tony Stark and Thor’s love interests appear only in conversation.

Vision though is a treat to watch, as is Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) each time he shows up, the Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen is a definite “find” and the budding romance between the lovely Scarlett Johansson and Bruce Banner is cute.

Ultron played and voiced by James Spader is an interesting villain, but somehow the grandeur of his villainy and his invincibility just don’t come through convincingly. And if you are a Blacklist fan, Ultron just sounds like a more menacing Raymond Reddington.

Irrespective, the film is entertaining with the usual mayhem, destruction (two cities this time), grand battle sets, comic banter and one and two liner funny quips mouthed by all the characters as if the writers of the Big Bang Theory were also co-consultants on this film.

And yet you wonder. The first battle is with baron von Strucker where the Avengers team goes to retrieve Loki’s scepter and encounters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who get the better of them. If you watch Marvel Agents of SHIELD, you will find this extremely underwhelming since any of the SHIELD teams could have done this easily as well.

Tony Stark and Bruce Banner use the power of the scepter that has one of the Infinity Gems within, to create the ultimate artificial intelligence that will patrol the Earth and keep it safe from aliens and invaders. Instead we get Ultron, who believes the only way to keep the Earth safe is to make the Avengers and then all humans extinct. The Avengers get their butts whipped in their first encounter with Ultron and retire to Hawkeye’s farmhouse to rethink strategy. Eventually, everything works out fine but not before a significant amount of pain and collapsed buildings.

It is not as good as the first Avengers film…perhaps because it is the “middle film of a trilogy, one more piece of the grand canvas leading up to the Infinity Wars against Thanos, but it is still worth a watch.

Oh and there is no post-credit scene with Spidey!

14 Comments

  • Sugata Sanyal wrote:

    Bhavin: We want to see your posts, regularly.
    It is always a treat. Regards: Sugata

  • Mehroo Kharegat wrote:

    Yes it will be good to once again read what you have to say

  • indira laul wrote:

    Hey Bhavin! Good to have you back on one’s radar. Am sure you’re review is bang on, but alas, I’m no Avengers fan (how about a Margarita critique?). Nevertheless..it was good hearing from you.

  • Bhavin Jankharia wrote:

    Indira. Margarita one of these days.

  • Ganesh Parameswaran wrote:

    I had wondered if you had become too bored posting. We weren’t.

  • Bhavin Jankharia wrote:

    Not bored Ganesh. Just time constraints.

  • dr. rajesh parikh wrote:

    good to see your mail.will it be in mumbai mirror again/
    congratulations.

  • Welcome back!! It’s great to read your column again, with all its one liners(I mean, who else can compare Avengers with Jaani Dushman?)Hoping to find a certain notification in my inbox next week too :p

  • Bhavin Jankharia wrote:

    Thanks. Will try

  • Armaity Suresh Patel wrote:

    Hi ! Bhavin thank you for your post and welcome back.
    I have not seen the Avengers and so cannot comment. However, I enjoy reading your articles.
    Best of Luck!

  • Hi,Bhavin it was nice to read your posts,we had really forgotten you, Welcome back,and there must be lots of changes in ur Matungam of which we are equally to read about.Keep up the good work bro,we also expect a take or two on your jaatwalas who is flying everywhere a la Avengers destroying walls,shedding tears for Nepalis helping them despite our poor farmers facing the brunt of Nature.

  • jayashree.hattangadi. wrote:

    Hi Bhavin,
    good to read you again.Looking forward to more.

  • laxman g.s. wrote:

    What is the % of English movie goers as on date among the youth and elderly people in India esp the Middle class and rich.

    Your article should be read by everyone and not hand full of readers who go to watch English movies.

    While u write in Mirror on various topics,u should write about the new Govt headed by Modi,inflation,corruption.rape,BMC”s plan for degongestion of Mumbai city etc. as u should live on current affairs instead Avengers.

  • Nayan Chandan wrote:

    Hi Bhavin, I totally agree with you that the first Avengers was better. However, I was totally zapped by the vfx in this installment. The Marvel guys and Hollywood in general are really pushing the envelope as far is vfx is concerned. Incidentally this movie and Fast & Furious -7 are the two highest grossing films in India in 2015. No Hindi or regional film has come anywhere closer to these films.

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