Starring: Robert Downey Jr. Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: Joss Whedon
Wits Vuvuzela rating: 8.5/10
Avengers perfectly set the stage for new members such as ‘Scarlet Witch’ and ‘Quicksilver’ to join the team.
The next instalment of the Marvel superhero franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron, brings back all the superhero characters we have come to know, with a few new and exciting characters being introduced.
Robert Downey Jr again impresses as Iron Man but unlike in the past he becomes the source of their problems. He is again joined in the cast by Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
The film, directed by Joss Whedon, opens with an impressive visual effects action sequence. This sets the tone for the rest of the film, or rather the expectation. Opening the film up to one criticism, by starting on such a high it is no wonder a‘fall’ takes place. After the first five minutes it takes a while for the story to pick up again, but don’t worry it really does just that.
The film is everything and more you would want from a Marvel superhero film. The film is smart, flashy, fun, and most of all funny. This was the highlight of the film to me. The comedy was used perfectly throughout the film in a style that reminded me a lot of the humour used in Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2014.
With golden nuggets such as the traditional guest appearance of creator of the comics Stan Lee, this nearly two and a half hour film certainly does not drag. Age of Ultron perfectly slots into the bigger story of the Avengers and leaves you craving more at the end.
If you do not enjoy the latest craze of superhero culture that has been sweeping pop culture then this is not for you. But if you enjoyed any of the previous marvel films then Avengers: Age of Ultron is a film you should not miss.