posted by Joe Anaya on May 4th, 2015

** Contains spoilers **

As anyone who reads this blog or knows me knows, I love comics. So of course I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend. Yes, I was part of the $201 million box office. And in short, I’m glad I was.

Yes, I have my rose tinted comic goggles on. There are of course flaws, the bigger and more is better mentality of summer sequels is in this film. But frankly it works for me and fits the superhero team-up formula from the comics. Someone might complain about the clichés of the plot, but they’re clichés inherent in the comic book hero world. I’m sure if I took the time to parse the plot I could find holes but that’s not why I would go to a summer superhero movie.

I go to see heroes with super powers. Check. I go to see good triumph over evil. Check. I go to see characters from my youth brought to life. Check.

It’s fun to see Iron-man’s Hulk Buster suit appear on screen, battling a berserked Hulk. I acknowledge my son’s nudge when they mention vibranium from Wakanda. (The nation where Black Panther originates.) And there’s palpable excitement when the Infinity Gauntlet and its gemstones are mentioned. And of course the appearance of the Vision is a whoop inducing moment. (Knowledge of the superhero world certainly makes the movies more fun, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy the action movie.) But the real fun is James Spader’s portrayal of Ultron, the Artificial Intelligence that decides that the world would be safer without humans and specifically the Avengers.

At first, I didn’t like Spader’s voice with his sardonic and languid tones. “He’s a robot, he should have a robot voice.” But I realized Spader and director Joss Whedon were going for a childlike evolution of intelligence, with all it’s struggles to learn, it’s awkwardness and it’s impulsive tantrums. He also brings some of the best laughs.

Whedon does a good job of bringing emotional arches to most of the characters. It’s tough when you have more and more characters plus setting up future “Infinity Gauntlet” and “Civil War” movies. He keeps the pace fast and light and full of action, lots of action. Just the thing for a summer evening.

‘Nuff said.

File Under Mr. Cool