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Monday, November 02, 2015

"There are no strings on me."



This week's movie rental was Avengers: Age of Ultron ...

a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers .... The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers must work together to defeat Ultron, a mechanical artificial intelligence bent on human extinction.

Richard Roeper gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars in his review. Here's just the beginning of it ...

“The city is flying, we’re fighting robots — and I’ve got a bow and arrow.” – Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye giving a recruitment talk of sorts to Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Any time a giant superhero movie makes time for self-referential humor, not to mention nods to “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” AND the graffiti artist known as Banksy, count me in.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a sometimes daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe.

Rarely has a comic book movie struck such a precise balance between legitimate character development, crackling good humor, genuine peril and good old-fashioned big-screen entertainment.

The thing about these all-star Marvel superhero movies is they’re incredibly complicated and often convoluted — but exceedingly simple at the same time.

Somewhere along the way, one is almost certain to get dizzy from all the talk about Loki’s scepter and infinity stones and artificial intelligence and the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the grand scheme of things — but you know it’s all going to come down to a mega-battle in which the forces of good go up against the forces of evil, who always seem intent on blowing up the whole darn planet ....


I liked it, of course, but I've been a fan since reading the comics as a kid. One of the interesting things for me was the difference between this movie's Quicksilver character and the same character in the X-Men movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. In the X-Men, Quicksilver is an American, a probable son of Magneto, lives to an old age, and will show up again in the coming X-Men film X-Men: Apocalypse. Here he is in the most famous scene of the film ...



But in this Avengers film, Quicksilver is Eastern European, and ends up dead (though that may not preclude him from being in future movies ;) ....



Another interesting thing about the movie was that James Spader was the voice of the A.I./robot viillain, Ultron ....



Here's the trailer for the film ...



And finally, a bit of Ultron humor ;) ...


1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Crystal,

Nice posting! What a high-tension movie - thanks for adding the humor at the end!!

Jana

3:31 PM  

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