Too much to marvel at. Too little to love.
Before 2012's Avengers screened, I expected that a movie featuring a number of favorite superheroes would be aimless, disjointed and too much for the senses. Turns out, we got a solid story and an impressive balance of character dialogue and exhilarating action. Avengers is one of the best superhero films by a long shot.
Turns out, that circus of a movie would come three years later in the form of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Everything the first film did so well was Hulk-smashed into a film that spends more time setting up other movie stories in the Marvel universe than giving us something to love on its own.
Don't get me wrong, the first non-storied 30 minutes is dazzling. And Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansen elevate every scene they are in. But judging by this film, and the Avengers we are most likely left with for the third film, the mighty heroes have already lost.
Simply put: Super duper disappointing
Award potential: Don't count it out for visual effects, but I bet we'll appreciate some other films more by end of year.
Ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.