Avengers: Age of Ultron. Kapow! or Thud?

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PG-13
141 minutes (2 hrs, 21 mins)
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Director : Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle
I doesn’t really matter what any film critic has to say about Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Marvel movies have a life of their own regardless of One Chick’s Opinion about quality. But I’ll give it to you anyway because A) you may have never seen one and are now wanting to get in on this series, B) you now have a kid old enough to see it and want to decide if it’s appropriate for them or C) you were so-so on the one in 2012 so want someone’s opinion on this one.

I loved The Avengers of 2012. If was fun to see them come together as a team. The story was interesting and fairly easy to follow. Their banter was clever and funny. Their characters were developed nicely.

This time around I was expecting that with a little more. And while it’s the same director it didn’t WOW me as much as last time. I stayed engaged attempting to track the story though it lost me a couple of times. The story line was a little jagged, the humor a little too sparse and action a little over done, even for an action film.

But with all that said, I’m glad I saw it. It was certainly more entertaining than Furious 7 because each Marvel character has a story and a legacy. Mixing their various qualities all together, even throwing a little romance in there, kept me entertained for two hours and twenty minutes without wondering what time it was.

If you’ve never seen a Marvel film, don’t start with this one. Go back at least to The Avengers (2012.) In my opinion it’s the best one of the series so far. Seeing this one without any frame of reference will be a waste of time, money and brain cells.

There’s violence all throughout so if your 13 year old kid hasn’t learned by now that this is pretend and that all this destruction is not something to participate in at school or while protesting against police then you’ve got some explaining to do. The PG-13 rating is primarily for the destruction. There are a few naughty words and a little romance but not enough to cause anyone to blush.

If The Avengers in 2012 didn’t do it for you, then Avengers: Age of Ultron won’t change your mind.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is really only for those who saw The Avengers, loved it and are now ready to experience the next chapter.

Arruaga! – 0
Fidget Factor – 0
Age Range – 12 and up
Overall Grade – B

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