It’s really hard to write a review when your face has melted off from awesome. As I type into my computer, manoeuvring passed my jaw that still dangles from my mouth, it’s clear that only one movie could be making me feel this way; Age of Ultron.
The pulsating mind of Joss Whedon has yet again exceeded expectations and has delivered a mammoth blow - like Thor’s hammer on the chin of a waylaid robot. It’s interesting to say exceeded expectations because, quite frankly, leaving the screening as a quivering mess of a human, it’s hard to recant what kind of pressure I haphazardly placed on the shoulders of the ragtag team of heroes. So before we continue, before any type of entrance you’ll make to the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is important to curl up whatever expectations you have into a tiny ball and throw them far away as possible.
They are completely unneeded for this.
Age of Ultron is a testament to Whedon’s sharp writing and skill. As director and writer, he wields his surety of the Marvel Universe with a mega-tonne blow that is both droll, intelligent and utterly engaging. Though, in parts, the story lags with dry uneven moments, Whedon defiantly makes sure that they still loop and link into major scenes later on with the movie. At times, it seems as mad and insane as it can get but surprisingly, it all locks in together. Not just on this single cinematic outing, but it threads most stories from MCU in a seamless yet developed way. Whedon is a mastermind who knows which strings to pull to drag the audiences down uneven paths only to lead them to a thudding, exhilarating finale; all with such ease and intellect that you can practically see the smirk from behind the camera.
In addition, James Spader’s unique sounds pulsates the evil and force behind Ultron making him an unforgettable villain. Whilst not the deafening terror we'd all had hoped, his demented purpose is still coolly received in snippy lines and ferocious determination. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Olsen gel well into their be-witching roles as Pietro and Wanda respectively that their introduction does not seem forced or contrived but heavily and enthusiastically welcomed.
Age of Ultron is an end and a beginning all at once: A perfect middle - if you like - to a series of cinematic outings that are going to equally blow our minds. Without giving too much away, Whedon’s ability to weave different storylines and run different colours of conclusion and rebirth into the biggest and boldest film is in many ways genius. A fierce confident film, Age of Ultron is a defining moment for Marvel and the characters within that are all guided by some sort of mad scientist who’ll leave the franchise on a winning high.
“You did not see that coming?”
No. No. We did not. And, frankly, the experience is definitely better off that way.
Age of Ultron is out in cinemas now!