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The Good: The film starts of with exactly what you want to see. Super hero action galore! Unlike the previous Avengers film, the super-powered team-ups were one of the best highlights to the action. As seen from the trailers, you can believe that the Hulk vs Hulkbuster fight will live up to the hype. (Think of Superman vs Zod in Man of Steel, but you could actually visually make out the action.)
This time around, we get a bit more development with the under utilized characters. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is much more relatable, and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) both develop their character's struggles by piggy backing off one another. Both Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) were introduced with a more realistic explanation of their "special abilities" compared to other comic book films. One thing that stood out with Quicksilver was that he's not ridiculously overpowered like the Quiksilver in X-Men Days of the Future Past.
As for the plot, there is A LOT going on; Old characters, new characters, new villains, setups for future movies, all within the time frame of a little under 3 hours. Director Joss Whedon seemed to actually juggle and hold it all together. (Think the complete opposite of the Spider-Man 3 movie.) Lastly, there was a lot more comedy throughout the film. The banter, side comments and running jokes from the characters were quite enjoyable.
The Bad: Ultron (James Spader) never seemed to reach his full potential of badness. It seemed like he was more interested in playing mind games, than actually following through with his devious plans. He seemed much more menacing in the trailers than he did in the movie. Some of the action was a bit too fast paced. Similar to Man of Steel, it was a little difficult to keep up with all of the fast moving action on screen. This is being said under the consideration that it was viewed in IMAX 3D, in which case the glasses may have played a bigger role. (So take that with a grain of a salt) During some of the more tense, action filled moments, there were some comedic scenes. They weren't terrible, because they still made you laugh, however, it took away from the tense vibe the drama/action was building up to. Some of the comedic scenes seemed like bloopers that should've been deleted.
I know what you're thinking: "Was this better than the first Avengers film or not?" To answer that I will say, NO...because it's different. The one thing that the previous film has over this film is the fact that Avengers 1 was the first of its kind. The originality factor is huge and will always solidify its place in movie history. Now as for this film, it was incredibly successful at being a great sequel. It took all the good stuff you loved and gave you more of it. It also did a good job of bridging the gap for future films to come. This movie, I believe, is made to viewed in the theaters, or else you'll miss out on much of the visual experience. One way to save some money is to see it in REAL 3D, and not in IMAX 3D. Reason being is that this is a long movie. With the REAL 3D version, if you tilt your head, or change positions in the seats, your glasses won't blur the movie. Oh and there's only ONE mid-credit scene to wait for, so don't bother wasting your time for another scene at the very end of the credits. So is this film epic? Probably not so much. Is it worth the watch? Absolutely! Why are you still reading this? Click the big button below and buy your tickets!
The Rating: 8.5/10