Avengers: Age of Ultron. Director, Joss Whedon. It really was a great film, right from the start. The cast was in good form & the action started mid-sequence during a preliminary adventure. The perfect re-creation of a graphic novel. Though Ruffalo, playing Hulk, is past his prime by many years & is really not the best actor on the block & even though I have a problem with the faux-star Renner; it’s a raucous adventure, with a seemingly unassailable opponent, expertly voiced by & modeled after James Spader.
Whedon seemed to keep Downey Jr. in check, muting any attempts at stealing the show so that the cast performance as a whole was evenly balanced. Smallish flashbacks with several of the superheros wasn’t necessarily the best idea, making it a bit smarmy, but I did agree that the inserted character development helped the film to be bigger. Not everyone is clued in to the if’s &’s or but’s of the Marvel universe, so it was important to make the film a standalone project. Without the assumption that the audience is going to already understand the separate dramas.
Except, Ruffalo’s vacuous attempt at expressive the Hulk’s sulking & ongoing drama of why-am-I-such-a-danger-to-people.
I definitively did not like the idiotic inclusion of scenes with Jeremy Renner’s character interacting with his family. There is nothing tender or familial about this idiot. He’s a fill-in star, unable to ever be solely top-billed & be able to draw a crowd. He’s just there, going through the motions of what others have done in the past. While others just ignore this pestiferous nodule, I do tend to point him out, like a bottle bug that’s landed on a dinner plate. Something that’s spent time chewing on road kill.
The special effects (VFX) did the now usual thing of turning the film into almost a kaleidoscope of action & visuals.
My recommendation to see the film relies on the talents of the rest of the cast & the film as a whole. Which made the flaws that I’ve rightly pointed out, irrelevant. Most people will be able to ignore the horrible portrayals of Hawkeye & the Hulk. A party is going to be a blast, whether there’s a couple of idiots drooling in a corner or not.