“This time, the enemy comes from within”
Joss Whedon is a likable fellow. He is nerdy –we love nerdy- and adores what we all adore. He was the creator of three of the most worshipped series by nerd world: ‘Buffy, the vampire slayer’, ‘Firefly’, and after a bumpy start, ‘Agents of Shield’. Through his recently closed Twitter account he made us laugh with his geeky twits and Hollywood world insights. He was alsoan adamant supporter of Anita Sarkeesian, which granted him the honorable badge of being hated by d-bags gamergaters (at least I like him even more for that). So when he was selected for directing the Avengers movies I was truly pleased. The other logical name at the moment would have been the one and only J.J. Abrahams, but that (also super nerd) dude had his plate full with Star Trek, Star Wars and… THE MOVIES OF PORTAL AND HALF LIFE. So f**k it. Whedon was the right call all along.
The first installation of Avengers was excellent. After the standalone movies of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor (the Hulk one counts? I honestly don’t know), we got ‘The Avengers’. And it was so sweet. Whedon, who also wrote it, managed to scramble his funny dialogs with the original story of Avengers group written by Stan Lee in the 60’s. He was able to refresh the origin of the super group while making a hilarious movie with tons of superb filmed action shots, a well assembled (got it?) cast, a really epic score by Alan Silvestri –who was replaced by Danny Elfman in ‘Age of Ultron’- and a bizarrely awesome villain, something that ‘Marvel Studios’ is also doing so well on his own movies with the exception of the Mandarin on ‘Iron Man 3’. Yep, that was a bummer.
‘Age of Ultron’ is at the top of the mountain head to head with ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. And I must say it. I’m happy.
FILM: AVENGERS, AGE OF ULTRON
PRODUCER: MARVEL STUDIOS
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The ‘money-shot’ of the film is at the very beginning. Our friendly avengers, the Cap (Chris Evans, who keeps improving as an actor), Thor (the inflated Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (the unbearable Robert Downey JR), Hulk (my beloved Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (the sensual Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are fighting with a bunch of HYDRA mercenaries amidst a forest in Sokovia. Baron Von Strucker is using the Scepter once wielded by Loki to experiment with people. Two of those are Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Elizabeth ‘Not like my sisters’ Olsen and Aaron Taylor ‘Kick-Ass’ Johson) which every comic book reader will associate with Erik Magnus Lensherr AKA Magneto, as they are their twin daughter and son. Of course, because of the rights being owned by Fox, this whole information is omitted and they are never called “Mutants”, but “Enhanced”. They don’t use their ‘Quicksilver’ and ‘Scarlet Witch’ war names either.
Wanda toys with Iron Man’s mind and shows him images of all his companions dying. Tony manages to scape with the Scepter but with a confused mind but he is not alone on this matter: Everyone in the team has issues. With the present; with the violence; with the future; with the trust; with everyone else.
Tony has been developing a new artificial intelligence with his new bro, the gamma dude Bruce Banner which he sees as an equal mind, and yes, they are. This new AI should work as a global defense program and the gem they have found inside the Scepter might be a solution to the puzzle they have been stuck. So Tony, evading every rule ever, puts the gem inside ‘Ultron’ as he named the new AI. And Ultron (James Spader being the best) gains life. And becomes sentient. And, as a rational mind it is, discovers that the purpose of peace can only be reached by ending human life. That’s some Confucius shit man. Way to go Whedon.
From there it goes south. Every one gains distrust on the next, and Ultron is always one step ahead. So… what to do?
A lot of appearances are involved. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson mothafucka) –from virtually out of nowhere- and Maria Hill (Cobie Smaulders) from SHIELD. Rhodie as War Machine (Don Cheadle with one of the funniest moments in the movie), Sam Wilson as Captain’s sidekick Falcon, (Anthony Mackie). It also appears Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Heimdall (Idris ‘Martian Manhunter’ Elba) as hallucinations. Stellan Skarsgard repeats his role of Dr. Selvig and there are moments of Andy Serkis, Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy. So… quite a cast there.
Oh yes… I forgot Paul Bettany but he has a small role.
Many. Not accountable to Whedon or the script, neither to the acting (while I’m a little sick of Downey JR by now), the cinematography, the score, the CGI…
The flaws are from the outside. From the legal department. You see, there was a time when comic books didn’t sell jack shit. So Marvel (and DC, but let’s focus on Marvel) decided to sell the movie rights of a bunch of their creations. The description, in this cute picture. And while Sony, after the epic failures of ‘Amazing Spiderman’ and ‘Amazing Spiderman 2’, sat at the parleys table with Marvel Studios, Fox didn’t. Why would they do it? X-Men does pretty well on the worldwide box-office (after a slow start on the US, ‘Days of Future Past’ reached 750 million mark) and that’s the reason why we are never going to witness the ‘Avengers vs The X-Men’ plot in the movies.
You may wonder… that’s a flaw? Well… yes and no.
On one side, it makes the writers break their heads in order to make a plot believable with the resources they retain. On the other hand… would you care to imagine what would have happened with Ultron if Magneto was available?
Yes. You can imagine. Ultron would have endured like three fucking seconds.
So, no, the flaws are headed to Marvel who needs right now to retrieve the rights of their creations before another ‘Amazing Spiderman 2’ or worst ‘X-Men 3: The Last Stand’. That kind of movies push not nerd audience out of our nerd world and we don’t want that. More nerds in the world mean more comic books based movies. If you aren’t into comics… why the f**k are you reading this review anyway? Go to our gaming section.