Elizabeth Olsen

The Avengers Age Of Ultron

Nearly two years ago to the day I sat in a theater, watching a dream come true. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor, on screen together. Marvels The Avengers changed the game. Then, in its end credits, around 245 in the morning, The Mad Titan Thanos made his debut. Since that moment, I have been waiting for this night. The return of Earth’s mightiest heroes! Could this film live up to the hype? The first one was so special because we had never seen these characters, on screen together. The Marvel villains can be one sided at times, could Ultron live up to Loki? Well, yes. In every sense of its being, it was epic!

The Avengers Age of Ultron tells the story of Earths Mightiest heroes coming together again to finish what they started in Marvels The Avengers however, during their wrap party they are greeted by a creation that Stark and Banner had been working on to create peace. However this creation, this Artificial Intelligence has decided the best route for peace, is extinction. The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Arron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen. It is once again written and directed by the great Joss Whedon.

The pace is epic in this film. We open up with the Avengers on a mission and we never really slow down. It is nearly a 2 and half hour action scene. That’s not to say the story does not follow suite. Whedon has done and incredible job bringing these characters back together, and while the magic of seeing them for the first time is gone, the charisma between the characters is so much fun to see unravel. There is a lot of worry that the film would be to dark, however it is quite the opposite. While it is dark and gritty, there is no lack of fun and jokes. Every joke hits perfectly.

The cinematography is beautiful. Every shot is nearly seamless. The CGI is incredible. Hulk is once again amazing to see on screen. The story is well written. Ultron is a well-rounded villain that makes you fear for everyone in this film. And for good reason. Whedon does such a good job with this script. Are some of the beats the same as the first film? Yes, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. There is a lot of heart to this one. To the point that I was actually tearing up at certain scenes.

Now that’s not to say I don’t have any negatives. I had a few issues. There is no explanation for the end of Iron Man 3. Stark is just, Iron Man again. I guess forget that he said he was done. Also Ultron is kind of just thrown together. While he has no lack of personality, there is not much to his creation. Short montage and boom. I’m here; there are no strings on me. There is a random cross thread which I assume is meant to build the greater universe, a short scene with Thor, that feels out of place and is never mentioned again. Other than those, I don’t have much to complain about.

I think the biggest positive about Age of Ultron, is its character development. We get three new members this go around. Marvel’s version of Quicksilver, his sister The Scarlett Which, and The Vison. And I enjoyed all three of them. The accents the twins are given are little off. And Olsen has a hard time keeping it up in some scenes. Vision is incredibly well done. A character that could come off as pretty goofy comes off, pretty epic. There is a lot of develop to the Hulk and Black Widow as well as their relationship. You get hints toward the Civil War between Stark and Rogers. As well as Hawkeye. Hawkeye final gets the respect he deserves.

So all in all. Age of Ultron is an incredible film, and a must see in the theater. Before I get my Jeebus score, I am going to let you in a little surprise. I will be releasing my first video review within the next week. It will be much more spoiler heavy and meant for fans who have already seen the film. But know that it is coming. So, score. Age of Ultron is epic as I have said, I gave it a 5.0, with a .5 bonus for spoilerific reasons I can’t tell you here (wait for the video) giving us a Jeebus Score of 5.5.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Godzilla is back, well he’s kinda back.

Godzilla has stomped his way back into American cinema. The Japanese are angry that he’s fat, but the American’s are excited and hopeful. Mainly because we want to erase the memory of Roland Emerich’s 1998 Godzilla. This go around Gareth Edwards takes the director’s chair. Edwards will probably be best known for this film since he doesn’t have too many credits to his name. Now the question is, does Godzilla stand up to our hopes and dreams? To me, I have to say, no.

Godzilla tells the story of Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) a Lieutenant in the US Navy, who lost his parents when he was young. His mother to an unnatural force of nature, and his father (Bryan Cranston) to the search for what killed his wife. When his father is arrested in Japan for stumbling across the cover up of his wife’s death they are both thrust into world threatening disaster. Two monstrous creatures are awakened and begin to wreak havoc on the world. However by awaken these monsters, the earth’s natural force comes to light to be our savior. And that force is not just another monster, but a God, Godzilla.

The film itself is actually written and directed well. Should they have named this film something different, without the connection to an iconic on screen monster, I might have liked it more. However, there is really very little of screen time for title character. Godzilla has, at max, 30 minutes of on screen in the 2 hour film. You don’t get your first monster until half an hour in, and Godzilla doesn’t show up until hour in. Not to mention when he finally does, he is nothing but background sporadically for seconds at a time. When the action starts, the film cuts to a new scene, normally with Godzilla on a television screen.

This isn’t to say it’s a bad film. Sitting back and just watching it for what it is, it is not bad at all. The acting is spot on, and the direction isn’t bad. The films graphics are phenomenal, and Godzilla has never looked so incredible. The story itself is well written. You feel the gravity of the situation these characters are put in. Taylor-Johnson plays the soldier to a T. You feel his dilemmas, but see that he is going to do his job regardless of what happens around him. Elizabeth Olsen is such a good actress, and truly has a bright future. She plays Taylor-Johnson’s wife, and shows such strength in the film. She’s not the damsel in distress, or the eye candy like she easily could have been. And Cranston as well gives an amazing performance. I have not watched Breaking Bad so this was really my first introduction to him. Ken Watanabe is another shining star. But then again, he is a shining star in every film he appears in. He plays the scientist who has been studying the myth of Godzilla his whole life.

All in all, Godzilla, is not Pacific Rim. It’s not the mindless monster film we, or at least I, was hoping for. So if you are going to this film to see Godzilla, you are going to be disappointed like myself. But if you could look past that, go to see a character film, on what people would do if this disaster were happen, then you might enjoy it. I give Godzilla a Jeebus score of 3.5, Check out the Matinee!