Stars: 4.5 out of 5
Director: Joss Wheidon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, Anthony Mackie, Stellan Skargard, Claudia Kim, Josh Brolin
At last, after 3 years of waiting for this film to be shown in cinemas, I have the privilege of watching this movie twice already and like the first Avengers movie, I LOVE the film. Okay, it is not as awesome and classic as the first Avengers film but it is still an epic extravaganza. In all honesty, my expectations during my first view fell short but when I saw it the 2nd time, I fell in love with the movie and appreciated the greatness of the movie. It is obvious that the stars of these films already are comfortable with each other and their chemistry is just unquestioned. They jell well with each other especially when they throw out lines and dialogues. I love the team up of Thor and Captain America wherein they ingenuously use their weapons to have a greater impact against the enemies and how Tony & Bruce connects especially when it comes to science but their action scence is one for the books.
Speaking of opening scenes and though it didn’t fare better than X2’s, the opening scene for me is one of the best opening scene of all time and it still is something to make a stir especially when they showed the entire team in one screen… oh goosebumps! The pace is very fast in the opening scene but at the same time they still managed to infuse humor into the scene.
If you have been following the Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. series, you might think that the finale episode is a prequel of the opening scene but as I’ve read elsewhere (Marvel executives said that since the TV universe does not in any way influence the movie universe), it is not even though there is little bit of connection between the two.
As the movie and the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself become darker and grittier each time they release a movie, Marvel didn’t falter in putting their signature humor and comedy (as what I mentioned above) in this film especially even the little nuances Thor portrays and his one-liners are very effective.
I buy the introduction of new characters (Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision and even Ultron) and how they are stitched to the movie but I would have appreciated if the studio delves into explaining the origin of the main villain Ultron a little bit more as he is very crucial as the story progresses particularly when some or most of the viewers’ aren’t really following the ‘Age of Ultron’ comic book series where they loosely base the film’s story. Speaking of Ultron, I can say he is one of the best villains MCU has ever have (some are forgettable though except Loki) and his wit and sarcasm bring in more flavor to the flick.
I commend how Captain America really stood up to be the leader of Avengers as he really is. He really stepped up his game in this movie. I also enjoyed the action sequence between him and Ultron during that highway chase in Seoul, I mean he just goes toe to toe against Ultron… by the way, the movie is an action-packed film from start to finish. Natalya is and as always a bad-ass and I think her character is under-appreciated and deserves a stand-alone film unlike Hawkeye but I appreciate the fact that the studio exerted some effort to have a moment of character development and we got to know him better. But even with this twist, it made me feel that the pace of the story is getting a little bit slower and made me feel that some scenes aren’t necessary being there but in totality this twist is needed in order for us to increase the feeling going into the film’s main climax.
I also became an instant fan of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and most specially Vision. I think the actors who played these characters perfectly well even though it is a bit off for me that the twins have Russian accent since in the comics, they don’t have accent… YOU DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING?! But still, it didn’t blind me of how important their characters are in the film and how they made the most out of their powers to contribute in giving more spectacle to the film. Vision is one of the characters that you can easily appreciate especially on his contribution in the movie.
The end battle scene, for me, is one of the most appealing, brilliantly shot scene I have seen in all live action superhero movies. It is well executed and I was just grasping my sweaty hands and shouting because of its awesomeness. I can say it is epicness to the highest level. I just don’t like the fact that they need to get darker during that last scene and I understand that they needed this scene to let one of the character’s story develop in time (through upcoming films) but they need to give justice in providing the other character some proper sendoff. I mean I don’t mind extending the film for at least 5 more minutes so they can give tribute to his bravery or something.
All in all, I can say the film really is one of the best Marvel films (basing only in MCU) and I can’t wait to see Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe even though we can’t see any little Easter eggs introducing us for Captain America 3 (Civil War). The mid credit scene alone didn’t disappoint and a treat to watch as they ready us for the 3rd installment of this franchise.
FINE! I’LL DO IT MYSELF!!!