Media Binge: Avengers: Age of Ultron


I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron about a week ago and I've had some time to think about it, fangirl about it, and think about it some more. 

Overall, this was a VERY enjoyable movie...but there were some areas that I felt pretty meh about. 

Keep reading to find out more!


THE GOOD

The banter. The banter between the characters is SO GOOD. I mean at this point the relationships are pretty well established so it's like reading books in a series where you can just dive right back in without needing to know who is who and spending time world building. The world is built, so you can focus on the characters and advancing the plot. I specifically enjoyed the back and forth between Captain America and Tony Stark as they are on very opposite ends of the personality spectrum, but since they are united in cause, they have a common interest of which to bond. 

The action scenes. The opening scene with them fighting in the winter woods was amazing! They all had their own things going on but were acting as a team so the camera was constantly moving and keeping our attention. I loved it. There were also great fight scenes throughout (I mean, that's obvious, right?) which include snarky one-liners and lots of explosions all rolled into one. High entertainment value, right there. 

Ultron/James Spader. I'm not crazy about HOW Ultron came to be, and I understand that it is not in canon with the comics, but the voice of James Spader as a robot villain just WORKED. There was a villain that could really beat the Avengers so it kept us all on our toes. 

THE NOT SO GOOD

The Black Widow stuff. At this point, you've probably heard Twitter was being generally assholeish to Joss Whedon about it, which is not cool. We should be able to have decent conversations without calling people to kill themselves on the internet. That's not too much to ask! Anyway, the big concerns about Black Widow are regarding her back story. There's a good amount of time in Avengers: Age of Ultron exploring our heroes as potentially anti-heroes and that they view themselves as monsters because of who they are and what they do, even when it's for the greater good of humanity. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** So Black Widow and The Hulk are talking about how they're monsters in this one scene - Bruce doesn't really need to explain - and Natasha reveals she was sterilized during her training so she can't have kids since it's one less thing to worry about and isn't she a monster? (insert very heavy sigh and groan and general displeasure here) Bruce doesn't really try to soothe her through it, which I guess is okay. But the idea that she is in fact a monster because she can't reproduce is just left out there hanging in the wind, which is very bothersome. I would absolutely LOVE to see a strong female lead decide NOT to have kids for HER because she just DOESN'T WANT TO, you know? And that she is NOT a monster and that her decision does NOT make her a monster. Yes, Natasha becoming the Black Widow meant sacrificing something she didn't WANT to sacrifice - which sucks immensely and makes us sympathetic - but the idea that her "monster" persona is defined by her reproduction ability is ridiculous. ****SPOILERS END****

Plot holes. I know that they use Agents of SHIELD to fill in the gaps after the fact and that sometimes other movies do this as well, but without spoiling anything, there were just some moments where I was like "Okay, I guess we just roll with this" because the reality is most of the time you can't over-think the plot of a superhero movie because they are meant to be fun and make you think about some things but not be like this life-changing film. You're welcome to search for these plot holes on the internet (believe me, they have a field day) but it did detract a bit from the overall enjoyment for me, thus in the not so good portion of the review.

TL;DR

Ultimately, this movie was about enjoyment (aren't all movies?) - and that criteria was certainly met. Of course when we dissect it a bit, there are plot holes and flaws, which is disappointing. BUT that didn't stop my overall enjoyment or from wanting to see future Marvel movies. Specifically all of the Captain America movies on repeat forever...

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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