Frenetic action packs the opening sequence, which features all the Avengers battling evil before the credits roll.
Of course, what follows is all Iron Man and Hulk’s collective fault. A quest for peace results in war.
Josh Wheedon directs and writes and the quips flow as fast as the explosions, chases and bad guys, who pile up in multiples.
You get about 10 movies in one. Curiously, it feels like a throwback to the 1970s style of “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno”, when disaster and celebrities collided in big epics that left the viewer slightly dizzy.
Hawkeye’s home life is very different to the Marvel story, but it does offer some respite from the onslaught that is “Ultron”.
Stan Lee’s mandatory cameo sees him shouting “Excelsior” in a most satisfactory way. And there’s a rather sweet love story.
I went with a friend who had not seen Whedon’s previous “Avengers” film. He enjoyed it, although he probably wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t been so insistent.
It’s 150 minutes long and will break box office records as it’s unabashedly populist.
Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson are all back. For me, there is too little of Don Cheadle and Anthony Mackie. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany have great moments and James Spader’s voice is memorable as Ultron.
The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse was very packed and full of happy people.
I saw it in 2D so I will have to go back and see how 3D enhances this.
The usual end-credits teaser scene is moved up to during the credits, so you don’t have to sit through all 30 companies that added special effects to this. Characters in this don’t just try to save a city. “Ultron” employed a whole city’s worth of people.
As two more sequels are in the works, Marvel will continue to grow the movie industry.