Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron – Easy, Stupid Fun With A Ridiculously High Budget

The summer movie season rolled out with the first big blockbuster of the season. The much anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally out. While not the best in the series, it certainly looks like the most expensive.

The premise is this. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has created a villain. Ultron was initially designed to protect the planet earth. Of course, because it’s artificial intelligence, it immediately becomes an evil robot bent on world domination.

When will people learn?

The avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) all get together to save the day. As if there weren’t enough main characters to remember, be prepared for a couple more including Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and sister Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

The humor that made the first few movies good is still there and fans of the comic books series will appreciate some of the tongue in cheek comments, like why Thor is the only one who can lift his hammer. There’s a few side stories going on where the writers try to inject some humanity into their characters, by showing the burgeoning love affair between the Black Widow and Hulk, as well as Hawkeye’s rural life.

Despite that, this movie is nothing you don’t expect. It’s easy, stupid fun with a ridiculously high budget. Everything unfolds as you’d expect and it’s pretty much a paint by numbers big budget action movie. They didn’t climb too far out of the box on this one.

It’s absolutely CGI heavy, with extensive battle scenes filmed from impossible angles, with people doing impossible things. While visually stunning, it feels a bit like the battle scenes were padded out for the purposes of fleshing out a simplistic script.

Everyone reprises their characters with the same enthusiasm as they had in the first few movies. That’s a feat in and of itself, as they’ve all been at this for a while. Iron Man is still charming, the Black Widow is still creepy, and everyone still wonders why Hawkeye is even there.

This is Joss Whedon’s last direction go around with this franchise, and I will say he went out on a high note. The movie is well done, fun to watch and easy to follow. It’s exactly what a big budget blockbuster should be, and Whedon has managed to keep it going for awhile now. Here’s hoping when someone else takes the helm, it will be just as good.

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There’s already a new one planned, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, that is expected out in 2018. This is a franchise that has still managed to not lose its steam and will probably be around for a long time to come…as long as they keep making money.

While a bit heavy on battle scenes and CGI, it’s still a commendable effort and was the perfect start for the summer movie season. If you’re looking for fun that won’t make you think so much, this one is worth the watch. .

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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Mark Ruffalo Talks About His Favorite Scene From ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Mark Ruffalo has been one of my favorite actors for a long time now. He’s wonderful in huge movies like The Avengers, but he’s also great in smaller films like The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher, Thanks for Sharing and of course 13 Going on 30.

There is just something comforting about him. For some reason, I’ve always felt like he was a good dude in real life, and this was confirmed earlier this week during his ‘AMA‘ event on Reddit. It was probably one of the best AMAs I’ve ever read, so when you have the time, click on that link and read all his answers.

But for this post, we are going to focus on one question/answer. One Reddit user asked the actor what his favorite Age of Ultron scene was, and the Hulk replied with a thoughtful answer…

“One of my favorite scenes, honestly, was just the superheroes hanging out, drinking beers, having a party and goofing off with Thor’s hammer! That’s classic Joss Whedon, and those moments when we see our superhumans just being human are really, I think, some of my favorite moments in the movie. And I think it’s part of the reason why the movie worked so well, is because Joss Whedon really understands that, and is interested in that himself.”

That was probably my favorite scene in the movie too, although, that’s not really surprising because I love anything that makes me laugh.

But that scene was also great because it set up another hilarious moment later in the movie. I know a lot of people disagree with this, but I actually thought this sequel was better than the original. It was more entertaining.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Opens With The Second-Biggest Opening Ever

We all knew the Avengers sequel was going to be huge, the only question was would it beat the all-time record set by the first film in the franchise back in 2012.

The answer is no. Marvel is obviously celebrating the great $187 million opening this weekend, but the Avengers: Age of Ultron just couldn’t top its predecessor. The first Avengers film still has the all-time record opening with its $207.4 million debut.

And while some people might claim this is a disappointment for Marvel Studios, we should remind you that the company is responsible for the three biggest film openings ever: Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3.

Of course, that list might change later this year, but for right now Marvel Studios is the clear winner. Disney’s head of distribution Dave Hollis had this to say about the successful opening weekend…

“We’re in rare air here. Having the second biggest opening weekend in the history of the movie business is always going to be something you walk away overwhelmingly happy with. The momentum of the brand for Marvel at this point is really something to take a step back and admire.”

Their box office success is truly impressive. I know people like to complain (myself included) about all the sequels and huge franchises taking over Hollywood, but this is obviously what the audience wants to watch.

I actually watched Age of Ultron yesterday afternoon and there were at least six trailers shown before the film. There wasn’t one original story out of the six.

Disappointing? Sure. Surprising? Not at all.

Introducing the Marvel Movie Marathon and the Avengers: Age of Ultron Marathon Trailer (Video)!

58921LThis is the type of news we like to start the week with.  This is the season where Marvel fans go completely out of their minds with anticipation.  I would have to say this is pretty cool for just movie fans in general.

How does 29 hours of all 11 Marvel movies released since 2008 sound?  To my girlfriend that probably sounds like a nightmare, but to my collegeroommate (who is now 34) it sounds like two amazing days off of work.  This is all going to go down at AMC and Regal Movie theaters located around the country.

Fans who actually manage to stick around for the entire thing will be rewarded with the first showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron!

So far Regal movies have identified 4 locations and AMC theaters have many more locations but will not be showing all eleven Marvel films.  Here is how they breakdown:

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They will be showing all 11 films.  If you live in the following cities you are in Luck:

Ontario, CA,

Atlanta, GA

King of Prussia, PA

Houston, TX

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Amc will be showing only 6 but they have many more locations, including some that are very close to me.  Here is their list of cities:

Atlanta, GA,

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Detroit, MI

Hosuton, TX

Indianapolis, IN

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, MO

Los Angeles, CA

Miami, FL

Minneapolis, MN

New Orleas, LA

New York / New Jersey

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Tallahassee, FL

Tampa, FL

Toronto, ON

Washington, DC


 

I advise you to visit both sites for the latest most up to date information and Advance ticket sales.

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WHAT IS A MARATHON TRAILER?

I can’t believe you don’t know what a marathon trailer is!  And you call yourself a movie fan?  Of course you don’t know what it is because I made the term up.  It sounded much better than a “mashed up, long ass” trailer, but that’s exactly what it is.

A Youtuber by the name of JohnnyB2K (cool name), has decided to take all three Age of Ultron trailers and link them together in chronological order.  I think he did a pretty good job despite all of the petty Youtube comments on the sound quality.  To those people pressing thumbs down I say, “Where’s your trailer”.

JohnnyB2K tried to put everything in chronological order to the best of his ability.  The order dictates a lot of the story so it will be interesting to see how close he got.  People are complaining about spoilers from this trailer.  Maybe they missed the part where he just used the EXISTING TRAILERS. People, it’s not that serious.

Maybe I will see some of you on April 29th.  I will be the guy wearing one of those hats that holds the drinks on each side and an adult diaper on.  Can’t afford bathroom breaks.  Enjoy the trailer!

New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Poster Shows Off More Marvel Heroes

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At first glance, the Ultron robots steal the show in the new poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron. But if you look closely at the official credits down at the bottom, you will notice Anthony Mackie listed, which means Falcon will be making an appearance in the film.

We knew his appearance was likely; however, it feels nice to finally have confirmation. You can also see that Hayley Atwell appears next to Mackie’s name, confirming Peggy Carter will also star in the movie.

Another interesting name in the credits? Composer Danny Elfman. We already know Brian Tyler will be composing on the film, but Elfman’s name being added is raising a few eyebrows. Elfman composed the music for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

It’s possible Marvel was able to get approval from Sony to introduce Spider-Man with a cameo or maybe a special scene during the credits after the movie. We know production was pretty much finished when the Spider-Man takeover was announced; however, it’s possible they were able to film something at the last minute.

But that’s just wishful thinking. We’ll find out soon enough when The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.

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Watch All The Super Bowl Movie Trailers, Including ‘Furious 7’ and ‘Jurassic World’

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Apparently, something called the ‘Super Bowl‘ aired last night. I’m still not exactly sure what those people wearing the helmets on the field do, but I did enjoy the amount of movie trailers aired during the big game. Overall, the Super Bowl commercials were disappointing. I think I chuckled once? Maybe twice? The creativity was definitely lacking this year.

However, there was one thing that saved the night, and no we are not talking about the dancing sharks during Katy Perry’s halftime show.

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We are talking about the movie trailers, of course! This Super Bowl was filled with trailers, and we enjoyed every single minute of it. If you missed the trailers last night, thanks to a French onion dip induced coma, don’t you worry about it!

You can watch all of the trailers that aired during the Super Bowl down below. You are welcome.

 

Marvel Releases New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron” Trailer, And It Looks Pretty Incredible (VIDEO)

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Every time Marvel releases a new trailer for one of their brilliant films, I always picture Squints saying, “She knows exactly what she’s doing.”

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Marvel knows. They know what these trailers do to their fans all over the world. The latest full-length trailer for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiered during the College Football Playoff National Championship last night on ESPN.

Director Joss Whedon warned fans early on that this film would be much darker than the original due to Ultron’s involvement. And this trailer certainly continues to deliver the darkness. James Spader’s voice in this trailer is absolutely brilliant.

Normally, this is the spot in the post where we will list the stars of the film; however, that would honestly take up too much space. Just think of every movie star on the A-list. They will all play a role in this film.

You can check out the trailer down below. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released May 1, 2015.

The Five Most Anticipated 2015 Films: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Tops List

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We are just one day away from 2015, which means we are now saying goodbye to 2014. Instead of looking back at 2014, we are looking forward to the new year. There are some huge movies being released in 2015, and now we know the five films you are most looking forward to watching, thanks to a survey by Fandango.

They polled 1,000 fans on their site to determine the five most anticipated films of 2015. According to the same Fandango poll last year, Hunger Games: Mockingjay was the most anticipated film of 2014. This year, the Hunger Games franchise fell down slightly on the list, thanks to some stiff competition.

Check out the top five films (according to Fandango users) down below. Do you agree? What 2015 movie are you most excited about seeing?

 

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No. 1 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Trailer

No surprise here. The internet almost exploded when the teaser trailer was released last month. Star Wars fans will have to wait all year for this movie, though. The release date is scheduled for Dec. 18, 2015. So basically you have another year to wait.

 

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No. 2 – Avengers: Age of Ultron – Trailer

Again, this shouldn’t surprise you. This is a sequel to the most financially-successful superhero film of all-time. The original Avengers grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. It was the first Marvel production to hit $1 billion in ticket sales. Fans of the franchise won’t have to wait too much longer for the sequel. It will open May 1, 2015.

 

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No. 3 – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Just like with Star Wars, Katniss fans all over the world will have to wait until the end of the year to watch their favorite hero kick a** one last time. As some of you know, I am a huge fan of the franchise, so this is definitely one of my most anticipated films of 2015.  It is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 20, 2015.

 

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No. 4 – Fifty Shades of Grey – Trailer

What’s that old saying? Don’t judge a movie by its book? Some of you (me, me, me!) may dislike the story, but at least this movie is the only non-sequel on the list. We complain about sequels all the time, but that’s what the average moviegoer wants to see. Everyone is scared of originality. I mean, the only reason Fifty Shades of Grey was made into a film was because of the successful book. Studios know these films will make them money. You can watch Dakota Johnson live out your sexual fantasies on the big screen Feb. 13, 2015.

 

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No. 5 – Jurassic World – Trailer

I am so scared to watch this film. I love the Jurassic Park franchise, but the trailer released for Jurassic World didn’t excite me. I will say that it did look a little better when I saw it on the big screen before watching the final Hobbit film, but it still has me worried. We’ll see what happens June 12, 2015.

There you have it, folks. That’s the Fandango list. Personally, I would have replaced Fifty Shades of Grey with Tomorrowland.