Ultron, Ultrer, Ultrest!

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, the newest member of the Avengers. Photo copyright Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Company.

To hate Avengers: Age of Ultron, one would have to be devoid of all childlike adventure. But, being an adult, I have to admit it’s an odd, ADD smorgasbord without much form, plausibility or mature storytelling. Still, it again raises the bar (which really didn’t need to be raised) on frenetic, CGI-infused, eye-popping visual design. Add Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and it’s worthy of 3 ¼ stars (on 0-5 scale), compared to the more satisfying original (4 stars). Fans of the franchise should be more than pleased, although I hope some will feel that the bigger-is-better belief is being taken to nauseating levels in modern cinema.

I end with a quick viewing tip: This film was shot in 2-D and converted to 3-D. While I’m sure the conversion was done well, purists like me might be better served seeing it in its original form, saving a few bucks and avoiding the feeling of having your sensitivity – if any of that is left in society – sucked from your soul.

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