Saturday, May 2, 2015

"There Are No Strings On Me."

I've been losing track of how many comic book films there have been in the past 15 years, but the number is increasing exponentially, and seems like that will be the trend for many years to come, especially as Marvel unveils its Avengers and Infinity Wars films as it interweaves all of its films together to form a cohesive universe. Irregardless, there are a lot of them. Today I saw the 2nd film in the Avengers series: The Age of Ultron. It was entertaining to be sure, but I honestly didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first film. I will say that Joss Whedon is a really good director when it comes to dynamic action sequences, though he lacks the finesse of Spielberg and Lucas. I think there was more over the top action for purely just the sake of action unlike the first film, and it was just uninteresting. I enjoyed the additional characters of The Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Ultron and wished that they could have fleshed these characters out more, as well as explored more of the Avengers than they actually did. Aside from Robert Downey Jr., the three aforementioned characters above were the best part of the entire film. Don't get me wrong, it was good and entertaining and all of that, but I think part of my struggle is that I am getting all 'comic booked out.' It's just becoming too much of the same exact thing every time; too predictable and thus boring. There were a few surprises along the way story and plot wise, but nothing too interesting or wowing. James Spader I'm sure only provided the voice for Ultron, but he was absolutely amazing and entrancing. That man is talented in so many ways. Even though they had small roles, I liked their characters immensely nonetheless; Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and Elizabeth Olsen (The Scarlet Witch). The film would have been much better if they had delved deeper into those two characters. The remainder of the cast was great of course, and yes Robert Downey Jr. was the main attraction, especially with what how he interacted with the other characters. The screenplay was okay, but it could have used a little more guidance in regard to the story and the plot; the entire film just seemed like one major action extravaganza. Overall, it could have used with a little more depth. The score was apparently composed by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman; not sure how they did that, but for two good composers I didn't really remember anything but the theme that was composed by Alan Silvestri for the first film. All in all I wasn't overly impressed with the film; but like I mentioned, it was entertaining and good, but nothing really great or amazing. Go see it and be entertained, but beyond that it really has no purpose, although I suppose geeks and comic book nerds will have spasms of joys galore, as well as plenty of revels.

The Avenger: Age of Ultron trailer

Star Wars Rebels season 2 trailer