Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by RFX45, Feb 4, 2014.
If a black masked vigilante starts cleaning up the streets of Philly or Pittsburgh, we'll all know...
So are we going to talk about Age of Ultron or what?
I've gotta admit, it was a very busy movie, especially in 3-D -- and between that and the massive sugar I allow myself at movies and the caffeine I'm still reeling. It's all so hazy. A bit like a dream. But a very good dream, I'm prepared to say. And I'm looking forward to seeing this again in 2-D, the mold where impressions go to harden.
Most certain among my recollections: Like Ultron, the main antagonist, it packed a lot of crap into the tiny space of two hours. S.H.I.E.L.D., Hyrdra, Vision, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch -- all surprisingly well-done, but I could see how most could get lost. (My poor companion thought it was called Age of Voltron). If it suffered from anything, it was probably this. A four-hour running time would have felt more appropriate. As it was, a lot of the usual characterization felt absent, though maybe that's just the nature of sequels.
Other rapid-fire thoughts: I noticed it was like Whedon's Astonishing in a couple ways:
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-- Ultron's coming into being was exactly like Danger's awakening
-- The end of the Hulk's storyline echoed the way he sent of Kitty Pride at the end of his run (though the Hulk's was by choice)
-- one other thing, already forgotten
Lots of genuine laughs, IMO. Always a plus.
I'm not really a fan of action, but found this especially well-choreographed (and as emotional as action can be, if that makes sense...)
I could've done without the references to the women from the satellite films, the explanations for why they were absent.
I was expecting Ultron's origin story to begin way, WAY far back -- not like five minutes before he decided to take over the world. In this context, I thought his awesome finally free of your strings from the trailer didn't make a whole lot of sense, given the literal handful of seconds he spent in strings?
The only real way I saw to improve the movie would be a longer running time, or an immediate sequel, like what they're planning for Infinity.
But these are minor quibbles. Overall, pretty impressive.
EDIT: BIGGEST LINGERING QUESTION:
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The Scarlet Witch's origin story, right down to the malfunctioning projectile and the name stamped across its side, felt so eerily familiar. Where have we seen this? Was it a comic? Another movie? It's bugging the hell out of me.
Harley looks far better then I thought she would. The smile sells it.
Deadshot with mask
Why is handgun ammo raining from the sky when he is holding a rifle that shoots .223?
Okay, help me out here.
From left to right, it's ???, ???, ???, Katana (kneeling), Rick Flagg (maybe?), Harley, Deadshot, Killer Croc (maybe?), and ???
I'm not a comic book aficionado, but I am more knowledgeable than the average, non-nerd. This, however, leaves me flabbergasted.
Casey Jones with mask on (https://twitter.com/michaelbay/status/594101915031629824/photo/1)
"Pictured from left to right are: Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens) as Slipknot, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Will Smith (Men In Black) as Deadshot, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, and Jay Hernandez (Hostel) as El Diablo."
What the hell is Will Smith doing in an ensemble action movie?
Croc looks much better here:
I hope WIll Smith is more excited than he looks.
Margot Robbie looks great.
Spoiler special podcast with Joss Whedon and Paul Bettany discussing details of the film.
Here's one person's recap I found. "This is a great interview about the realities and compromises of making a tentpole film. There's not a lot of anger, but there is definitely some resignation to the fact that it has to be a certain way and Joss understands that. Some of the decisions are just not completely in his hands. I also love at the end of the interview how he wanted to put a tiny hint of Hulk going to space but the execs were like Hell, no. Also how he wanted Captain Marvel and Spider-Man in the final shot but they couldn't pull it together."
Listening to it now.
Short answer: "After Earth"
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