Avengers: Age of Ultron

I did a naughty thing… I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and I didn’t watch the WHOLE series before hand.

I got a puppy… no, wait, listen – I swear this is valid and not just a way for me to talk about puppies at any opportunity.

I got a puppy which stopped me from going out to the cinema (despite paying a monthly membership and, for several months, have not only not used said membership but I’ve still been paying for it… we can talk about how terrible I am at being an adult later) both because I wanted to stay in and play with said puppy but it also made me lazy and slobbish at home.

I’m reformed. I’m just saying.

Let’s get into this properly; I have seen Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and the 1st Avengers movie. I even watched Iron Man 3 and then I didn’t watch any more.

A week before going to see the new Avengers movie I watched Thor 2… not that I needed to because what the hell was that? I did, however, miss Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Whilst I felt like those last two films might have shed some light on some of the situations at the start of this movie I can happily confirm that you DO NOT need to have watched them to get into the swing of things.

Sure, I bet it helps to have seen some of the series to know who is who and why Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson are making eyes at each other from across the battle field I don’t feel it’s imperative to be up to date with the whole shebang.

Joss Whedon (my hero of heroes) has created a film so rife with jokes, style, emotion, action, and depth that this is the one out of the whole series that has me wanting to go back for more literally straight away.

I loved how Mark plays Bruce/ Hulk SO much it’s just silly. I appreciated every single character interaction and unlike Thor 2 I felt like each scene had something to offer. It wasn’t just people in costumes prancing around – there was plot, goddamnit, and the threat was Earth-based which is just something I like with these films… don’t get me started on the whole space thing with this series.

Mostly, and this is important for a self-confessed Slytherin, I really liked the villain.

Ultron was a cut above the rest as far as villains go. I loved his attitude and I loved how much he was able to be quite menacing and also throw in some classic Joss quips. When I was watching the film I couldn’t help but lean over to my boyfriend and tell him how much Ultron reminded me of Spike from Buffy. Who doesn’t love a loveable rogue? Even at the end (no spoilers) I felt like I wanted him to decide it was all a joke, he was only having fun, and eventually join the Avengers for a spot of tea on that huge flying air ship Nick Fury likes to doss about in.

I’m sure many people can pick this film apart and go on about how much it strayed from the original stories (which I know it did, but I don’t care!), however, all I can do is say how much I enjoyed it. Oh, and please can I be Scarlett Johansson?

Sam

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