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|Original title:||The Avengers: Age of Ultron|
|Genre:||Action, Fantasy, Adventure|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Approx. 141 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
After their first joint screen appearance three years ago had recorded more than 1.5 billion dollars worldwide at the box office alone, the Avengers are now gathering for their second mission. Several years have passed since the alien attack on New York. Since then Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) alias Iron Man, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) alias Hulk, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) have gone their own ways. But for a big blow against Hydra, the superheroes reunite. And indeed they manage to steal a powerful weapon from the unscrupulous Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann). But there's not much time to celebrate. Because Tony decides on his own initiative to complete the Ultron project initiated by him and Bruce Banner with the help of the alien technology he has gotten hold of at Hydra. This computer system, which is based on artificial intelligence, should guarantee long-term peace for mankind and prevent alien attacks like the one on New York in the future. And indeed, Ultron develops its own consciousness - but differently than planned. Because Ultron sees as the only possibility for guaranteed peace the extinction of mankind. And so the Avengers must once again join forces to protect the world from an overpowering enemy. But against Ultron any powerful superpower seems to be ineffective...
How to top the most successful superhero movie ever? Not an easy task that director and screenwriter Joss Whedon was confronted with in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron". It wasn't so much about action and special effects. The biggest problem was the interaction between the different superheroes. Part 1 drew much of its appeal from the fact that the heroes, who were already known from their solo films, met here for the first time and, despite their sometimes very different mentalities and egos, had to struggle together to put a powerful opponent in his place. In the second film the Avengers are a well-rehearsed team - and that's just not as exciting as the first sniffing at each other.
However, Joss Whedon seems to have been aware of this. And so he doesn't even try to copy the success formula of the first part. Rather, he consistently develops them further, which gives the second film a somewhat different, dark basic tone right from the start. At first glance, the fact that the film begins with a spectacular action sequence seems like a disadvantage. Because instead of a well structured structure of the new story, countless effects and fast cuts are punched into the viewer, which can be a bit exhausting - especially when you have decided on the 3D version. But if you are afraid that "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will degenerate into a meaningless action-overkill in the style of the "Transformers" movies after this opening sequence, you can be reassured: Joss Whedon knows exactly what he's doing.
After this fast start he takes enough time to build up a story, which is interrupted by a couple of action sequences with a lot of effects, but in the end it ends up in a dramatic confrontation between the Avengers and Ultron. There are some surprises, which of course should not be revealed here. Just this much: even if the fun factor isn't quite as high as it was in part 1, the spectacular finale reveals once again that Joss Whedon is simply the perfect director for such a big project. He perfectly directs the individual heroes through the combat scenario, letting each character play out their strengths and finding time again and again for some emotional moments or humorous interludes. Especially the dialogues peppered with a lot of dry wordplay make some scenes really successful.
The new characters - whether Ultron (in the English original wonderfully spoken by James Spader), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) or Vision (Paul Bettany) - don't get as much room for development as the individual Avengers. And also popular characters like Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) or Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) have to be content with quite short performances this time. Nevertheless, all characters are pleasantly polished and none of the short guest appearances (like the second guest performance by Idris Elba) seems to be troubled or unnecessary. As in the first film, Whedon again perfectly interlocks many small gears, so that in the end a harmoniously functioning whole is created.
A few wonderful running gags, a pleasant touch of self-irony, a surprising, very beautiful romance, many great show values and the very successful last act also console us that the charm of the new is missing this time. However, it has to be said that the movie as a whole feels very clearly like the middle part of a trilogy. There is no real prologue, because the viewer is pushed directly into the action. And also the end is relatively open despite a certain conclusion, as it becomes clear that the very big danger is still to come to the Avengers. This makes it relatively difficult for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" to stand alone. In the context of the first part and all previous (and certainly also future) individual films by Captain America, Thor and Co. there is a very clear conclusion for this second superhero crowd: a great pleasure that more than satisfies fans. Certainly not the best Marvel film, but definitely one from the upper third! Absolutely worth seeing!
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