Screen Anarchists On AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Unless you've been living under a rock, a Wifi-less one no less, you will have been made aware of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the last ten days, Avengers: Age of Ultron left its mark on box offices worldwide, crushing everything in its path like a rampaging Hulk.

And because it's the umpteenth superhero flick to do so, and a sequel to boot, we all hate it, looking at such base entertainment in disdain. Except... Actually, opinions are rather divided. And not just between a "good film" and "bad film" camp either: people are discussing whether Avengers: Age of Ultron is the best or the worst film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whether Joss Whedon fumbled the ball or inexplicably saved it, whether it reveals too much or too little about Phase III, whether it's male chauvinist or feminazi...

In his review, Loïc Valceschini didn't hate it, but wasn't kind to it either. Here at Screen Anarchy, some agree with him, some disagree, saying they DO hate it, while others love it.

Divisiveness in opinion is awesome, especially in a blockbuster like this, so we've decided to do a group effort again! We had a quick round-up of opinions about the film, and have put them up here for all to see, in a gallery.

The first entry is Loïc again, with a quick synopsis of his review, but click through them all to see our opinions on the film. Each opinion is valid in its own way, and so is yours, so please leave your own impression in the comments!

Loïc Valceschini, Jim Tudor, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano, Brian Clark, Kwenton Bellette and Andrew Mack contributed to this story.

Loïc Valceschini, Contributing Writer:

Avengers: Age of Ultron is not a bad film, it's just a dull and uninspired sequel. The opening is a perfect representation of this, with a massive action sequence involving the whole team in which there's a long take very similar to that of the finale from the first film. Viewers are thrown into this insipid reproduction without any existing issues, and as such can't help but feel blazed about the whole thing.

It's saddening to realize how the film makes a weakness out of its strongest asset - its team of superheroes. While the first film managed to leave enough space for each character to build and affirm themselves, the second one drowns its protagonists in an overabundance of elements and characters.

Let's hope that Marvel will soon stop aiming at bigger and louder, and starts developing its universe more carefully - but hey, who am I kidding?

(This is an excerpt from Loïc's well thought-out review, which you can read in its entirety by clicking this link.)

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Mr. CavinMay 14, 2015 4:01 PM

Meh, it's a season finale. I never really did like the super team books, and it was for these very reasons: They are cluttered, have too many characters and threads, there is no way to cater to every taste. Instead of growing personalities or relationships, these narratives frequently just add some new two-dimensional space filler in the form of a character or a crisis and A goes to B and returns to A eventually. The same thing happens next season; no muss, no maturation. I liked AGE OF ULTRON just fine, but it is in this way, I suspect, that this Avengers movie is most abundantly loyal to its source material. So it was with the first one, too, which devolved into twenty-five minutes of cascading gunmetal rubble and smoke cloud algorithms punctuated by heroic posturing. And the next one, for the reasons mentioned. Season finales are like this.

But luckily for me, I still think Joss managed to also punctuate both films with clever talk and pretty meaty character markers--even if they are ultimately kind of throwaway. I also really dig on the MCU's constant messages about the war on terror, misplaced concession to authority, over-policing, and the erosion human rights. This film's concentration on saving people's lives dazzled me, and, lastly, the very clever fake Italian / Balkan town they invented was endlessly delightful to this US expat in Montenegro (where the Stark / NATO bombing of Sokovia is probably still a pretty touchy issue in the north). So there's that.