Just came back to see Avengers – Age of Ultron (that came out in the UK this week – one week before the US, and therefore one week before the Internet will suddenly fill up with Avengers reviews as if things only happen, when they happen in the US), Joss Whedon’s second outing at directing what can rightly be called the flagship of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Suffice to say, I loved it!
There was one particular scene closer to the end – and everyone who has seen the movie, will know which one I mean – where all of the Avengers make their final stand, and the camera slowly moves through the action, highlighting, almost caressing every single member for a brief moment. And I was watching with gaping mouth, and I felt almost like bursting with joy.
I realised that I was sitting here, watching the heroes of my youth, the heroes of the comics I grew up with, watching these iconic and so personal characters on the big screen, brought to life with respect and with care. While their stories were different (many backgrounds and origins are changed or simplified), it still felt that the characterisation of everyone felt true and consistent, and that was the most important part.
Their voices were right, and I think that is almost entirely due to Joss Whedon.
So yeah – great movie! Proud to be a card-carrying member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society!
Make Mine Marvel!