Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson
Plot: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Review: A while after the first Avengers movie finished we find the team back together and hunting down Loki's sceptre. Which leads them to Baron Von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) in his castle hideaway, while his legions of men and tanks try and hold back the Avengers. When this doesn't seem to be working his newest and most powerful recruits Brother and sister Pietro (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) Maximoff, who after Strucker's experiments on them now possess super speed for Pietro and telekinetic and mind control powers for Wanda join the fight. With the battle finished and the Avengers having got back the sceptre they head back to Avenger's tower where Tony Stark AKA Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) and Bruce Banner AKA Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) convince the rest of the team to let them investigate it to see what its power is. When they find that the sceptre in itself is the most complicated and intricate neural collective they decide without telling the team that they are going to try and use this super intelligence to create a self sustaining and self aware iron suit which falls under the program name Ultron. When they fail to achieve a connection between the intelligence and the iron suit they leave J.A.R.V.I.S (voiced by Paul Bettany) in charge to carry on trying to work out the problems, but maybe it wasn't that it wasn't working but just not ready..... until now.
The problems with a film of this magnitude is that everyone already has massive expectations, especially if you are fond of the first movie. Also with a cast as big as this as well as adding to that you worry that the film will suffer and that it will just all become a fight fest of which you may miss half of because there is too much going on. Well in the case of disappointment, you really shouldn't be worried. It has a different tone to the first film as well as having an evolution to the characters from the way they behave around each other to the way that some of them have built further bonds, so you do need to go in to this film not thinking you will get another Avengers Assemble because what you are getting is the same characters you now know and love from before but they have just become the next phase of the Avengers.
Joss Whedon also has made absolutely sure that the story is very well laid out with no particular "what was that all about?" moments as well as making sure each team member gets their respective moments equal to each other, although we do find out more about some of the lesser thought of Avengers which is really good to create attachment to them. Also not only with dealing with stable characters of the franchise we also have several new characters as well as a whole host of back up characters from the previous movie and previous movies of each individual character. I don't want to spoil who they are because its fun to see each being brought into the fold.
Then we have the quite brilliant James Spader as the voice of Ultron who for my mind is as equally creepy and sinister as he is completely insane and matched pinpoint perfectly by the voice acting of Spader. All that plus for the fans and people in the know there is a whole host of geeky goodness in there like a trip to Wakanda being probably the most obvious of note, and of course what would a Marvel film be without it's very own Generalissimo Stan Lee who actually gets a sizeable part considering his usual blink and you could miss it moments.
With all this brilliance there are some prices to be paid, firstly it's two hours and twenty two minutes long which for me is a pleasure because you need that run time to show what's needed but that is an evening gone pretty much so it's not a film for those wishing for an adventurous hour and a half film. Also some of the early fight scene between the Avengers and Strucker's men actually looks CGI, what I mean is 98% of the FX done on this film is seamless but there is one or two pieces early on that just look a little untidy. So overall this has done a great but different job of following on from it's predecessor as well as adding a whole host of extras for you while for the most part kept it all looking good.
If you have liked any of the other Marvel films you will most likely like this as well, if you haven't watched any other the other Marvel films that's fine too because you will be gently pulled into the awesome world that's been created. No end credit scene for this Marvel film but there is one mid credit so don't forget to stick around for that too.
****/* 4/5 Stars
***** 5 stars "Take my money and show me again!"
**** 4 stars "I'll see that again when it comes out to buy"
*** 3 stars "I'll buy it and watch it when it's in the bargain bin"
** 2 stars "I may watch it again sometime"
* 1 star "This is why I'm glad for memory loss"
No star "Don't even bother"