Friday 1 May 2015

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

IMAX 3D. Sensory overload. An eye-popping CGI extravaganza meant to send shivers up and down the spine of the superhero-loving little boy inside me. It’s orgasmic. Orgasmic? Well, May is National Masturbation Month. Besides, I have a 67-year-old male co-worker who likes to use that superlative as his preferred word for signaling outstanding quality. And believe me, it sounds just a tad odd when used in a business meeting. ... Dear author, you’re drifting off topic. Ahem.

Here’s my take on this film. If you are under thirty, go see it. You’ve probably seen the other entries in the Marvel universe, so why not this latest addition? If you are over thirty, I would advise you to go see Danny Collins, a recent film that I reviewed here. Why the difference?

I’m 62 years old and even though I grew up on comic books, I am a bit tapped out on the whole superhero thing. Supposedly the budget of the film was $250 million (a quarter of a billion dollars!) and it shows, but how far do special effects go in capturing your heart? Okay, you have all the usual amusing quips between the main characters, the usual action sequences, and the usual Stan Lee cameo, but so what? How many times does the Earth, yes the entire Earth and heck, the whole universe, have to be threaten by something so unbelievably powerful that I, as an individual, have less importance than an ant? I’m failing to identify with the story. I’m not in the movie; I’m not personally involved in it; I’m just watching it.

On the other hand, Danny Collins is a slice of life, a slice of my life, and I can see myself in many of the positions. It hits home. It touches me. And the budget was merely $10 million. Take that Marvel Studios and Industrial Light & Magic.

Final Word
If you go see this, I’m picturing you walking out and immediately forgetting what you saw. You stop at McDonalds for a Big Mac and fifteen minutes later, you’re thinking about something else to eat. Oooo, Diary Queen! Empty calories. The film is well done. It’s good craftsmanship, but as I said, so what? I guarantee that you’ll be talking about Danny Collins for some time afterward.

So that’s my film review. Hmmm, this was more of a recommendation for a different film than a review, but what the heck? It’s my blog and I’ll write whatever I want. So there. Ha, ha.


Rotten Tomatoes: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): 75%
Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.

Wikipedia: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012's The Avengers and the eleventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

my blog: Movie Review: The Avengers – May 20/2012
Crash, bang, boom. Ah, but crash, bang, boom in IMAX 3D. It is enough to bring a smile of wonderment and excitement to the inner comic clutching child in all of us. Nothing profound here, just the empty calories of an artery clogging poutine washed down with an aspartame laced Diet Coke. Bear with me, I will come back to explain my chosen movie snack in a sec.

my blog: Danny Collins - Apr 18/2015
Aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins (Al Pacino) cannot give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager Frank Grubman (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course, and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. -Rotten Tomatoes


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