Quick review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Today the family went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I’m pleased to give a quick review and I’ll try and keep it mostly spoiler free.

One of the things that I really like about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is how there is continuity between the various properties. I’m a fan of the Agents of Shield TV show, and the episode this week ended with a direct lead-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron. I was excited to see that the opening scene in Age of Ultron, as I knew the back story about what had happened just previous.

The opening action scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron is really huge and consists of all the action you want to get from a melding of these big name superheros. Amazing stunts, huge explosions, cool slo-mo sequences, all combine to make an incredible opening sequence. As the movie and story progresses we get a lot more insight into the characters and their motivations. I know that a lot of what was said is a set up for some future conflicts with the characters, but it was neat to see it in its embryonic state.

Since I’m keeping this spoiler free, I’ll end quickly with some general thoughts. Overall, I really liked this movie. The character development was handled well, and the additions of some new members to the team was a lot of fun. James Spader does an amazing job as Ultron and his voice really works as the main villain. Visually the movie is exceptional, however, the CGI in certain moments does tend towards the video-game-esque. It doesn’t distract too much from the overall experience however.

Marvel has done a good job with bringing all their movies together and Age of Ultron is another good chapter in the on-going saga of their Universe.