I got to the theater early to see Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and was immediately caught up in a crowd of enthusiastic fans. The reviews were promising and I was not disappointed.
The film is jammed with many layers of subplots, effects and enough superheroes to populate an athletic team, but they fit tightly into a matrix that holds together in one solid work. There were some nice surprises — moments where I didn’t recall that kind of twist in other films, even in 2D and 3D.
I saw the film in 2D projection on Thursday and then returned on Friday to see it in 3D on another night. Speaking for myself, I noticed a big difference between the two formats. On the 2D screen, all the complex action seemed challenging to keep up with, as though I were watching too many effects and one-liners through a window. The next night, however, the 3D format was easier to read, because it put my eye in the middle of the action. A number of effects make a tremendous difference. – objects hurled past me, superheroes flying around me, moving with the camera within a space.
It seem that the Johansson’s Natasha appeared closer to the foreground in this movie, along with more female characters. The rivalry between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers still emerges, though it does not drive the plot as directly as in past Marvel films.
If you like the Marvel Comics productions and if you have seen the series of Marvel films that lead up to Age of Ultron, this film will not disappoint. And if Age of Ultron is your first of these films, you will be swept up in the action for a bit until the plot begins to coalesce. Either way, it would be a mistake to miss it.