Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Avengers: Age of Ultron, 95%, A, 4.5 Stars
A better movie than it’s given credit for, Age of Ultron proves lightning can strike twice without Thor’s guidance. Also, I really found Scarlet Witch relatable this time around.
Plot
-Pacing 10/10
The movie starts off fast, and lets up just enough to have some fun and humanize the characters as individuals. The Avengers tower party and Hawkeye farmhouse are the two major moments where they slow it down, and rightfully so.
-Coherence 10/10
The story makes sense. I didn’t see any major plot holes, or even smaller ones.
Characters
-Relatability 10/10
Upon this viewing, I actually found myself connecting with Scarlet Witch’s character arc. I say this because she goes from angry and confused on a destructive course to focused and heroic. It reminded me of how I was on what some would consider a destructive course after seeing Ready Player One and turned around after seeing too much of myself in James Halliday, which is just my individual take.
As for the other characters, I won’t rehash every little detail about the original six, but they remain consistent with who they were. Hawkeye was more humanized in this one, and each of them had their moments.
-Development 8/10
Ultron had a solid personal link to Tony Stark that I think goes overlooked when everyone rants about the massive robot armies. Ultron was shown to pick up Tony’s quirks and was an angry AI. I also liked the religious themes Ultron went on about and how he was basically Tony Stark taken to an extreme, which was actually deeper in my opinion than Loki’s outrage at freedom being a lie and all that other mumbo jumbo.
My only complaint is the use of Wolfgang Von Strucker. He was set up to be this villainous presence in Winter Soldier’s mid credits scene, but was tossed to the side way too easily. There was promise, and Marvel literally killed that promise off screen, which makes it even more insulting.
Picture
-Visual Believability 9/10
An obviously fake effects shot here and there doesn’t take away from the otherwise awesome visual effects.
-Purposeful Content 8/10
From beginning to end, most of the content contributes to the plot. The only exception is Thor’s lightning bath, which is forced in there to either set up Ragnarok, give them an excuse to get Chris Hemsworth’s shirt off, or set up Infinity War. Probably a mix of all three, but it was kind of thrown in there even though none of the other visions are pursued.
Everything else, whether it be set up for future movies or not, added to this movie’s storyline.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman craft a soundtrack that fits all their scenes brilliantly. From the ominous title music to the epic battle music, this movie’s only enhanced by it.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It’s all used appropriately, and feels earned when Scarlet Witch walks out of that door an Avenger. Sorry, I just found myself really connecting with Scarlet Witch this time around.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
The humor only enhances. While used in both lighter moments and heavy action sets, it doesn’t destroy the seriousness of said action sets.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
Language! I won’t ignore the fact that the movie had swears and edgy content in Thor’s vision, but I won’t punish it either because it fit the scenes.
I admit this second coming of The Avengers has its flaws, but it’s better than others let on. Maybe I just like they start with the team together, or maybe I found Scarlet Witch that relatable. All I know is, I’m just a guy with a hobby, and I enjoy my entertainment that much.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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