Now Showing: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Hannah Lee, Asst. News Editor

Faced with the intimidating challenge of following up his 2012 sequel to the box office sensation, “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon did what any director would do. He amped up every aspect of the film to make it twice as epic. Although “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a bit overstuffed, his plan succeeded.

The six heroes, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Hawk Eye, and the Black Widow go on a mission to stop the artificial intelligence named Ultron, who turned on the human race after Tony Stark brought it to life. As usual, the film is filled with fast-paced action, as the Avengers carry out their jaw dropping battles for a good third of the film, leaving me completely in awe. The heroes travel through the US, Korea, and a made up land called Sokovia through the film, hunting down the infamous Ultron, stopping him from completely shattering the globe.

The sequel to the original film has more action, more laughs, more tears, than the original. Not a single moment goes by without the audience being completely captivated by the heroes on the screen. Unlike any other movie, every scene was equally enjoyable, from heartfelt conversations to the action packed fighting. Whedon balances the entire movie, having each individual scene shine with a variety of emotions.

Whedon never lets a tense moment go by without a pinch of comedy. There were times when the movie is drowned out by the roars of laughter from the audience, reacting to just a single phrase. The heroes never fail to treat each battle like a casual, daily routine. Even the diabolical Ultron, the supposedly perfect villain, has the witty and clever dialogue that resembles Stark’s.

Each of the actors are as admirable and as spectacular as ever, perfectly molding their characters. The fresh faces of the film prove to be as incredible as the original cast. Natural genius Dr. Helen Cho, played by Claudia Kim, blends in perfectly with Dr. Banner and Stark’s brilliant minds. Along the way of the Avengers’ journey, they meet a pair of twins. Pietro, known as QuickSilver (Aaron Taylor), and Wanda, known as the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The orphaned twins turn out to be illegally genetically modified to have super powers. They teeter on the verge of friend and foe throughout the film, and never fail to be under the spotlight.

For the most part, the Avengers remain exactly as we knew them from the last movie, but, in “The Age of Ultron,” they each reveal a part of their vulnerable sides. They are now face with both extreme mental and physical challenges as they constantly jump from being at war with robots to facing their own inner conflicts.

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a truly captivating experience to glimpse at a world of heroes. As I returned to reality when the credits rolled, I felt almost disappointed to be going back out into the normal world.