George V. Reilly

Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Writer–Di­rec­tor: Joss Whedon
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Released: 2015
Keywords: Marvel, superhero
Watched: 20 May, 2016

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark’s hubris leads to the creation of a lethal robot with daddy issues. Ultron, who is supposed to be the ultimate planetary line of defense, im­me­di­ate­ly goes rogue upon achieving sentience. He vows to destroy humanity to save the planet, and in particular to destroy his maker and the other Avengers. His ally Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch) uses her powers to sow dissension in their ranks, which nearly tears them apart. They defeat Ultron only after enormous de­struc­tion of life and property, with con­se­quences that are later explored in Captain America: Civil War.

The large ensemble cast is a hindrance here, as Whedon juggles multiple points of view and back­sto­ries, trying to work in different aspects of Marvel lore, which results in an over­stuffed movie. Ultron is a Franken­stein’s Monster, raging at his maker and the world, determined to burn everything down. It felt wrong that a newborn AI could instantly develop such a sarcastic, mocking tone—I suppose Ultron truly was Stark’s offspring.

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