Based on the famed Marvel Comics characters, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a superhero film, written and directed by Joss Whedon and starting an ensemble cast of familiar names and faces.
With Joss Whedon at the helm as both the writer and director, my expectations, going to see this film, were rather high. After all, Whedon was the brains behind the original Sci-Fi TV series Firefly and its movie conclusion, Serenity, both of which I loved. Yet, if there is a telltale sign for a weak film, it is how fast you forget what you have seen. Thus, it just so happened that a week had passed since I have watched the movie and until I found the time to write this review. In the interval that elapsed, so vague was what I remembered of the Age of Ultron that I had much difficulties writing this entry.
While Comics based films may not be required to present a message of any real substance, Avengers: Age of Ultron does actually tackle a couple of worthy themes. Curiously enough, it shares these with Ex Machina, a much smaller scale movie released approximately at the same time. But where Ex Machina employs brains, Avengers: Age of Ultron is all about brawn.
Age of Ultron finds the charming as ever Robert Downey Jr., our favorite Iron Man, building a machine of high AI which will remove the need for having the Avengers continually guarding our world. That, of course, should not come to pass, or else what will happen with future installments of Avengers sequels?! Therefore, like many other good intentions that end up paving the road to hell, here too, the Golem rises on its creator.
Avengers: Age of Ultron could have been a much more interesting film if Whedon would have actually followed through on the opening theme of film: Tony Stark, ignoring his friends’ advice and listening only to his inflated ego, deciding to play the role of God. But the plot quickly turns onto the usual explosions, special effects and fighting scenes, aimed at pleasing the audience and thus increasing the popcorn consumption of the enthusiastic moviegoers. Much like the empty calories of the Diet Coke that shamelessly escorts the Silver Screen’s snacks, Avengers: Age of Ultron is quickly forgotten. Consider it a preview for typical mid-Summer entertainment.