The AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Review

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My family and I got to see a sneak preview of the new AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON movie that opens in theaters tomorrow and it was an action-packed thrilling experience!  We saw the film in IMAX 3D and after doing so, I have to say, there is no other way to see it!  Everything was larger than life and so fascinating.  The kids were so excited they could barely contain themselves! 

While the screen was huge, offering a lot to take in at once, the movie itself has a lot going on, so be prepared for 2.5 hours of non-stop keeping up as there are lots of storylines, lots of characters, lots of special effects and more! b2ap3_thumbnail_ave.jpg

The Avengers waste no time jumping right into the action, as the opening scenes are at the Hydra compound and there is a battle taking place where they fight the evil Strucker who is using Loki’s scepter to create weapons.  Namely, the two new characters who are Wanda (Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen) & Pietro (Quicksilver played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson)) Maximoff, twins who have awesome new special powers that will eventually aid them in joining up with the Avengers.

Rather than just sending the scepter back to Asgard with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) decide to try their hand at deciphering it first.  Unfortunately Stark becomes so enthralled with the idea of using the information he finds to create a way to guard the world from aliens and more, he fails to see Ultron (an apparently very dangerous computer program) come to life. 

Ultron (voiced by James Spader) becomes a walking/talking/menacing robotic figure, trying to dominate the world and figure out how to transfer himself into a 3D printed body.  Interestingly enough, I read that James Spader uses his natural speaking voice for Ultron, with no accent or alteration of his voice. The group of superheroes have to figure out how to defeat him, all while battling their own inner demons, and nearly beating each other up over bad choices that were made, namely by Stark.

There are some great side-stories which help us get to know the characters better in this Marvel installment.  We learn more about Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and his family.  We also see a budding romance between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Banner and how she tames him when he turns into the Hulk.  Some fan favorites also make appearances.  Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and War Machine (Don Cheadle), help in some battles while Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) lead from afar.  

The movie never slows down, so be sure you are ready to take the ride.  Go to the bathroom before you go in so you don’t miss a moment!  This movie is just as exhilarating as the first, if not more so!  Before you go with kids, know that it is a very loud movie and there are some intense destruction scenes.  There are also a few cuss words. 

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.

Release date: May 1, 2015 (USA)

Director: Joss Whedon

Prequel: The Avengers