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Our reviewers watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and this is what they had to say

2015-04-26 18:00

Cape Town – Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of this year’s biggest movie releases.

For something this big we had to send two reviewers to watch this epic story.

And this is what they had to say.

He said

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is a rollicking, endlessly entertaining joy from beginning to end but it's one that may also fall prey to its own build up. Indeed, even my own reservations about the film have less to do with the film itself, than certain expectations I have created in the intervening years between the Avengers' first big screen outing and this, their sophomore showing.

But first, the good stuff. Once again, the real joy of the Avengers is watching these disparate characters interact with one another and writer/ director Joss Whedon is unquestionably the man for the job. Known first and foremost for his witty, stylized dialogue and his beautifully on-point characterization, Whedon builds on the relationships established in the first film and even introduces a number of new elements along the way – some from other existing Marvel films and some making their debut here.

The way the different characters work together in the film's many meticulously orchestrated action scenes is a wonder to behold but, once again, the real fun begins when the action stops and the characters start riffing off one another with Whedon's genuinely funny, convention-busting dialogue. And, considering just how many characters there are in this film, Whedon's ability to balance all these different personalities remains truly impressive.

Read the full review here.

She said

This year is probably one of the most hyped years in a long time for Hollywood. The anticipation for sequels to massive movie franchises has nerds and geeks all over the world gushing with each trailer that comes out (including myself), making the general public just as excited. The Avengers: Age of Ultron started off this year, and what a promising start to a exciting year.

From the first scene, we are thrown into mid-action as our favourite heroes give Hydra a brutal hiding. With all the excitement built up before its release, this is the best way it could have started. The Avengers have each developed their fighting style to an art, with even the most human characters doling out kickass with suped-up gear. This first scene is probably the purest Avengers scene you’ll see, before everything goes seemingly wrong.

Joss Whedon is one of the best things to happen to superhero franchises, mostly because it’s a nerd making nerd films. Not only does he direct the Avengers, he also wrote the screenplay, making for fantastic watching. He has very unique wit which comes through in subtle moments but still makes you laugh like a kid. I wish I could refer to all these great little moments, but you’ll have to see it for yourself.

Whedon also pulls in everything that happens in the stand-alone films and how certain characters are developed, making sure not to repeat too much and developing them more. But in this film, the characters without their own films were given a chance to tell a bit more of their stories, have their own dilemmas to fight with. This balances well with the CGI smorgasbord Marvel is known for, which improves with each passing film. (And Hulkbuster is cooler than whatever you had imagined it would be.)

Read the full review here.

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