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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is fun, but not a good movie
Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron L to R: Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Dr. Cho (Claudia Kim), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) Ph: Film Frame Marvel 2015 - photo by John Clyde
AVENGERTON The long wait is finally over. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief and finally see Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The summer blockbuster has finally arrived, and youve avoided any spoilers up to now, and I promise not to change that. What follows is an honest assessment of the latest Marvel adventure with zero spoilers.

As Ive spent the last few days struggling about what I would say about the film, I finally realized that I could split this review into two parts.

The first part will explain why the second Avengers team-up film is a fun summer flick. The second part is explaining why its not a very good movie.

Fun summer flick

When you think of big-budget summer movies, you think of explosions, one-liners and popcorn. Avengers: Age of Ultron delivers on all three. Well, I suppose your $7 and the theater supply the popcorn, but its a good movie to snarf down some kernels.

The film loves its action sequences, and director Joss Whedon shot them in a way that makes you feel like youre 6 years old again and playing with your Avengers action figures. The slow motion and complexity will force a smile on the face of the most cynical of viewers. I know because I am one.

This movie made me realize that Captain America and Thor are pretty boring characters at their core, but that really doesnt matter because you have the bromance between Bruce Banner (The Hulk) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) to make up for it. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo shine in the movie, but that should come as a surprise to no one.

Another character that stands out is James Spaders Ultron. The title villain is witty, unrelenting and a little likable while being simultaneously loathsome; a tough line to walk. Spaders tone and delivery are perfect for the character, and even though we never see the actor himself he gives one of the best performances in the film.

The movie will undoubtedly delight the Marvel faithful and will leave most other audiences entertained enough to enjoy the run time of 2 hours, 21 minutes.

If youre looking to turn your brain off for a couple of hours, watch stuff blow up and chuckle here and there then your best bet this weekend is Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Not a good movie

With all of that said, Avengers: Age of Ultron is not a very good movie. The plot holes are more like giant sink holes that swallow entire city blocks, and characters make more unexplainable decisions than teenagers in a campy horror film.

As a screenwriter, Whedon knows how to land some great jokes, but his dialogue is often cringe-worthy, and hes willing to kill continuity or character motivations just to get a laugh. I wont go into specifics in an effort to avoid any spoilers, but believe me, there are problems.

There is one moment in particular near the climax of the film that is so inexcusable that it basically ruined any hope I had at actually liking the film. I am all for accepting the impossible when watching a film, I mean I love Predator for crying out loud, but this moment was lazy, inconsistent and just plain stupid.

Any credibility the Avengers had for being Earths mightiest heroes with any level of intelligence is destroyed by this moment all to set up a scene about five minutes later. Again, I wont go into specifics, but if youd like to know what Im talking about feel free to email me and I can live the horror all over again.

On top of this, in an effort to just move the story along characters make monumental decisions and change allegiances with blinding speed and no character development. Not to mention Thor has a whole side story that tries desperately to be relevant, but only ends up being a little confusing and lost. I dont personally have a vendetta with Thor, I just dont find his character interesting.

Characters seem to trust and or distrust another character at the drop of a hat and its frustrating that the filmmakers think so little of the audience. Apparently, Im demanding too much because the large theater was packed to the brim and most of the audience was cheering and clapping as I shook my head.

Im aware I am hard on these movies, but I stand by the fact that Avengers: Age of Ultron, is much like most of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: they are fun movies that arent very good movies.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is rated PG-13 and has its fair share of violence and some off colored jokes, but the language is minimal, and the racy stuff is tame.