Retrospect and the Avengers’ second film complex

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits cinemas in Australia tomorrow and it’s very good. It’s the ideal sequel; introspective with bigger laughs and bigger action.

However, one thing struck me as I left the cinema on Sunday night. It had been almost exactly 3 years after attending the same QLD premiere for The Avengers. I remember being left speechless in 2012 after the first viewing, eventually spilling my thoughts into a highly affirming review.

Age of Ultron is, in a number of ways, better than its predecessor, despite carrying some of the flaws which seem to plague most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe filmography (villains, universe-building tactics). However, the film is somewhat overshadowed by a second film complex. While I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the film couldn’t possibly live up to the sensation of the first.

I truly believe that if Age of Ultron were the first film in this ensemble franchise, people would be losing their minds. Unfortunately it lacks the crucial ‘fresh’ status of the original to be able to genuinely astound. The film commendably tries to not simply repeat the success of the first, but also understands the various demands of its audiences. Nevertheless, it’s loads of fun and a worthy follow up to the one of the biggest films of all time.

Here’s a snippet of my review:

There’s an indication early on in Avengers: Age of Ultron that the film might undertake an introspective angle, an internal dialectic that forces each character to contemplate their place in the team. Indeed, most of the film is dedicated to this proposition, which offers a compelling twist, before reverting back to the proven Marvel formula by the onset of the grand finale. It’s a smart move, one that is likely to satisfy audiences of dissimilar inclinations. Age of Ultron has a meditative quality that distinguishes itself from its predecessor, while also managing to pile on bigger laughs and bigger action, in typical sequel fashion.

Check out the full version over at The 500 Club.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron ★★★½

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