Avengers: Age of Ultron Film Review

Avengers Age of Ultron

  1. GOING OUT

I knew that I really wanted to go and watch Avengers: Age of Ultron at the cinema this year, but was I going to go? Eventually, I decided to go to the last showing at a local cinema with Mum. We both really like Avengers and fancy to go and watch it whilst it was still showing.

I was somewhat optimistic. As last Thursday was the last showing and it was the day of the Election I anticipated that there wouldn’t be many people at the cinema. I was really nervous when I was going out as I didn’t know what would happen. I was more hoping than anticipating for a small crowd. I was fairly relaxed when I arrived there. I ordered a Full Blast lemon flavour drink and took my seat. Initially we were the only ones there but a few minutes before the actual showing more people came. Eventually there were around 20 people in their seats, including me. I felt ok as they were sitting a distance from me.

  1. FILM REVIEW

All of the best parts for me were the action and the comedy moments.

I thought it was funny how Captain America’s foul mouth became a regular occurrence. The other funny moments involved people trying to up Thor’s Hammer and the character Ultron.

I actually thought Ultron was amusing and it seems like he saw memories of all the avengers and took on most of their personalities. However, his personality is dominated by Tony Stark as he was the one who was trying to create him. I think Ultron is a complex individual and his intentions for humans to “evolve” are good but very twisted. I actually think he’s similar to Magneto in many aspects but probably not as complex as him. Ultron wasn’t doing bad things for the sake it, very much like Magneto.

I was a bit worried when Ultron did whatever he did to J.A.R.V.I.S. by trying to hack him or take him over. However, it turns out that J.A.R.V.I.S. didn’t get completely put down by Ultron and eventually became Vision with the help of Tony, Hulk and Thor. Vision became really cool and a bit of a complex character in his own right. I always wanted J.A.R.V.I.S. to do more as I think he really adds a lot to the story, and by becoming Vision it must have been rewarding for him. =)

It was simply humorous when Vision, or J.A.R.V.I.S. picked up Thor’s hammer and gave it to him casually. It sort of makes sense since that weird crystal thing is one of the most powerful gem crystal things in the whole universe. I think that gem combined with Tony’s technology created a brilliant humanoid. Vision said one of the best lines, “I was born yesterday.” I’ve never heard that line used in that way before. I was going to use that in my story but Marvel and Vision beat me to it. Haha. Not only did he have a good personality but his moves and powers were simply brilliant and with the help of Thor and Iron Man took out Ultron. =)

One of the best moments and fights for me had to be when Iron Man fought Hulk. He used that suit, Veronica, which was intentionally designed to keep the Incredible Hulk at bay. It was a bit like the Thunderbirds moment when his suit, Veronica, came from space and became a battle suit. I never known a satellite could also perform as a battle suit and I think it’s awesome. =D It was pretty intense and whilst I was really rooting for Iron Man to win I also didn’t want to see Hulk delve into any more despair. Luckily, Iron Man knocked him out before he could suffer anymore.

I was on the lookout for Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. I knew they appeared in the Captain America: Winter Soldier film but for the life of me I couldn’t spot them anywhere. Of course, it all clicked when they appeared in this film. I knew they were siblings but I didn’t think they were the “twins” that appeared in the second Captain America film. I felt a bit daft for not realising that sooner but hindsight is a wonderful thing. =) I like them both. Scarlett Witch has those good abilities and Quicksilver can run really fast. A bit sad that they killed him off in the end, but… is he really dead? Or, are they trying to make us think that he’s dead?

Seeing Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver in this film makes me wish that the X-Men, especially Magneto, were part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know in the Marvel Comics Iron Man goes toe to toe with Magneto and Magneto asks Iron Man to find his children, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. It would be nice if the Dad could meet his children but so far that won’t happen anytime soon. However, in the X-Men related films Magneto does meet Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Scarlett Witch doesn’t appear in that film.

Anyway, the action was really exciting from Hulk busting people up, Thor using his lightning like a god and normal people like Captain America and Black Widow fighting with cool realistic stunts. Scarlett Witch’s telekinesis and hypnotic skills are great to see but I still like Iron Man and his suit of armour.

Black Widow’s romantic developed with Hulk was a little weird as I don’t really recall them getting close. As I recall Hulk went ballistic and chased after her. Haha. Perhaps I’ve missed something or there were hints in The Avengers Assemble film that I missed or forgot. I don’t disapprove of them as a couple, I just found it odd. =)

It’s great to see Nick Fury or rather, Samuel L. Jackson in the film and he helped out rescuing the people from that floating city. It’s nice to see Maria Hill as well and I’m pleased that Hawkeye became more relevant. I never knew he had a family and that secret worked well for him. =) I would have thought Pepper would have made an appearance but she was just mentioned. It’s disgraceful, haha. It’s great seeing War Machine and Falcon making small cameos, I never thought they would appear in the actual Avengers films.

I’m not sure who that villain at the end is supposed to be. Did he appear in Guardians of the Galaxy? I personally think he’s someone completely new as I don’t really recall seeing him at all. I don’t think he’s from out of space as that arm looks like is a human technology. In fact, I think it looks similar to Iron Man’s arm. Is he connected with that Hydra group that appeared at the beginning of the film?

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this film. I was slightly nervous as I thought Tony Stark was going to be the villain in the eyes of his Avengers compatriots as he was creating a weapon of mass destruction. Plus, Ultron’s personality is mostly based on Tony and Tony is not exactly the most selfless individual you would ever see. He’s also a mad scientist so he’s not the most sensible to begin with. In the end I’m glad all ended well… ignoring Quicksilver’s “death”.

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

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I’m not sure if I will go and watch any more films at the cinema this year, I will have to see how I feel in the future. I do quite fancy Ant-Man so I may go and watch that. I always worry and get anxious through the anticipation of going out but I always manage to cope. =)

Right now, I’m going to get hot chocolate and watch episode six of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? I really like that anime and it’s one of the things that I look forward to on a Friday night… or Saturday morning, as it is now. The Second Light Novel book is on root to my house and I’m going to give it a good read as soon as it arrives. =D

Thanks for Reading. =)

Namaste.^^/

Ryan

Marvel Avengers Assemble Film Review

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Ho, Ho, Ho.^^/

This is definitely one of my favourite films.

The most appealing factor of this film for me would have to be the quick-yet-explosive action. I like the diverse levels of fighting styles and power levels from the characters. I find that with the various strengths and power levels it allow us to enjoy different kinds of fights. We have basic combat fights involving Captain America, demi-god lightning from Thor, gun shooting from Nick Fury, aggressive power from Hulk and cool high-tech gadgets from Iron Man. All of this, I think, really attracts all kinds of fans. =D

Captain America is fun to watch. He can manoeuvre like ten cats in one. He can use his shield as a defensive mechanism as well as a boomerang. A lot of cool stuff happens when he uses his shield in combat. My favourite part was when Iron Man shot a beam at his shield which deflected into one of the enemy. That was a great piece of teamwork right there. =D

Iron Man… he is, without doubt, my favourite superhero. It may seem strange to but I feel that Iron Man could be real. Perhaps it’s because of the genius technology that exists in today’s society? This, and there’s this real robot called ‘Titan’. I think he appeared in Big Brother[1] once? Plus, it’s a man putting on armour, not a man summoning lightning like Thor. Minus the laser beams and the flying I feel that Iron Man could actually exist in real life, haha.

I like Tony Stark just as much. He’s not your typical hero. I loved his banter with the Captain. “Take off your armour, what are you?” “…a genius playboy philanthropist.” I thought that was comedy gold. I couldn’t remember the exact dialogue but it was something along those lines. =) They had severe differences in the beginning but it was their mutual feelings for their enemies and Coulson that drew them closer together. They ended up respecting one another and in the end they ended up working well together. I enjoyed their growth in their friendship. =)

I was really upset when Coulson died, especially since he didn’t get the chance to get the Captain’s autograph. At first I thought the Captain was being ignorant to Coulson’s admiration and compliments. However, I was reminded that he’s been frozen for 70 years. Thinking about it logically, he was more likely just too overwhelmed by the advanced technology in today’s society. The submarine plane part was especially cool. =D

The biggest tear-jerking moment though, besides Coulson’s death, happened right at the end. Tony, who is quite the self-involved gent, risked his life to put the bomb into that other dimension. My heart was really in my mouth when he tried to call Pepper but couldn’t get through… I was then touched when the Incredible Hulk, of all people, grabbed him before he [Tony] fell splat on the ground. It just goes to show that the Hulk is capable of thinking and distinguishing between allies and enemies… just not all the time. Haha.

As well as the kickass action there have been many funny moments, touching moments, teary moments, exciting moments and a cameo from Stan Lee. What more could you ask for from Marvel Studios?^^/

This really is an amazing film and I can’t wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron, this coming April. I have no hesitation to give this film, Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

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I watched this on BBC1, right before Match of the Day on Boxing Day. I noticed more things from watching this the second time. The most notable thing I noticed was the brief mention of Jane Foster, Thor’s love interest.
I never planned to review this film. It was a completely spontaneous moment. I like to think that I’m getting better at being spontaneous, as to me, being spontaneous means that I’m living in the moment. Living in the moment means that I’m living for today, my favourite kind of day. =)


Thanks for reading, =)

Merry Christmas, everyone.^^/

Ryan.

[1] Big Brother is a reality TV show.

Getting Things Wrong

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Spring Tidings.^^/

 

Like most normal human beings (that is, if you class me as ‘normal’) I get things wrong or make a mistake here and there. But, for an Autistic person like me, mistakes always seemed worse than they actually were. I’m not as bad as I used to be.

 

I’ll give you a past example…

 

Back in my school days I was one of the more ‘capable’ students, and thus, my reputation grew as such. So, I felt pressure every single day to always give it my best and to ensure that I never got anything wrong or did anything wrong. When I did say the wrong thing or I made a mistake during maths, I would get quite upset. It felt like I had let the whole school down and let myself down for not living up to my reputation. My reputation of not only being clever, being the best at sports but being a gentleman too.

 

It wasn’t necessarily getting things wrong; it was more about making someone unhappy or making someone cry. That’s the worse feeling for me. I would hate to think that someone is unhappy because of me. I strive to do the opposite. If someone raised their voice to me, I took that to mean I had done something bad and that made me feel ashamed.

 

That was when I started to fear getting things “wrong”.

 

Sometimes I would say things that I didn’t mean to say or say something because I didn’t know how else to explain it. I put pressure on myself because I probably took words too literally (hence, I don’t always understand sarcasm or generalisation), and the teachers put pressure on me to get me ‘motivated’.

 

I still remember doing my GCSE’S. In January 2006, I started my preparations for doing the Foundation GCSE’s in maths. It was literally the only subject that I did. Every time I got a question wrong I would get a telling-off for not ‘concentrating’. I was even called to the office one time for getting a score lower then average. I remember I got severely scolded because I got an easy question wrong. It was stated that I got it wrong because I didn’t work a question out using a calculator. In actual fact, I did use a calculator, I just added it up incorrectly.

 

Doing GCSE’s made me feel both proud and stressed. On the day I received a stern telling-off and had to re-take practice tests I did cry. All I did was get a few questions wrong and yet I got berated. I was under more pressure than ever to not get anything wrong.

 

2006 wasn’t the year of Ryan. XD

 

It was necessary for me to prepare 6 months for GCSE’s. I went on to get a D, well, one mark from a D (highest you could get for Foundation Maths). So, I like to think I did myself proud. Students at secondary have 5 years to prepare for GCSE’s and I only had 6 months and managed to pass, so, a pat on the back for me! =D

 

It’s important to look at it from my teacher’s point of view though; it’s a very stressful job. WWE wrestler Kane actually did some teaching before becoming a wrestler and he said that it was the hardest job he ever did. I can understand why. Teachers and TA’s are always under pressure to get the best out of a student and/or they have to meet a certain criteria. Hence, they can become stressed, which then passes on to the student.

 

My school was actually closing down in 2006 due to lack of funds. And that was pretty much when government started to close down SEN schools. This was the first and only time that the school had a student taking part in GCSE’s, I.E., me. They were under pressure to try and end the school on a good note and to get the best out of me. When they yelled at me I think they were trying a reverse-psychological approach… it failed- miserably. Haha. XD

 

They wanted to make sure as well that I was always focused, which I was by all means. It’s just that when you have your head bogged down on something and you get fatigue, sometimes, the easiest questions are the hardest, and the hardest questions are the easiest. My thoughts are, it’s not if you know the answers, it’s whether you  can focus during the actual test.

 

Nowadays

 

I still have some quirks to tell you the truth. I still get a little sensitive if I feel I’ve done something to upset someone or to make them ashamed of me. I’m not as bad though as I’m older and I have more experience of how to handle these situations.

 

As for general mistakes like getting knowledge wrong… I couldn’t really care less about those sorts of things. XD Sometimes I do get confused and ask questions but I never really go off on a tangent. If I’m mistaken about something, it’s no big deal.

 

Why, I wrote a blog on Captain America: Winter Soldier recently, annotating a review…

You can check out the review here: Captain America: Winter Soldier Review

 

I got a few things mixed up there!

 

You see, I thought the Winter Soldier (Bucky) was called Hydra. In actual fact the whole evil organisation is called Hydra, and not called Red Skull Army. XD Red Skull was the antagonist in the first film. Whoops!

 

Back in the day I would get really upset and I would feel extremely pale by writing a few mistakes on a blog post where many people mite read it online. Nowadays though, I kind of laugh at this sort of thing. Because these days people tend to laugh at my mistakes rather than yell at me. I’m an adult, thinking about it, and I’m allowed room to make mistakes.

 

Feeling no pressure for being me and being clever and what have you is all washed away in the past. The way I am now, getting things wrong and making mistakes left and right, getting barrels of laughs at my mishaps, suits me very well. It’s a part of who I am. =)

 

Namaste.^^/

Ryan

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Film Review

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Easter Tidings.^^/

 

The other day I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the cinema. In my humble opinion, it was beyond amazing. =D

 

I really enjoyed the first film: Captain America: First Avenger but it wasn’t as exciting as the other Marvel films as I felt there wasn’t much intensity or suspense, especially in the fights.

 

NICK FURY

In this film though there was a lot of intensity, suspense and plenty of nail-biting fights. At times I was on the edge of my seat hoping that Captain America and his companions wouldn’t get hurt. There was one scene where Nick Fury Jr. (Mr Samuel L. Jackson himself) was toppled over in his car thanks to Hydra, aka, the Winter Soldier. I knew he would have a plan to try and escape but carrying through that plan was a different issue. Thankfully, he was able to escape.

 

I sort of had the inkling that Nick’s death appeared to be staged, and even if it wasn’t, the good people would find a way to bring him back to life somehow. Still, glad he eventually got back on his feet. I felt that we learnt a lot about Nick Fury. We got a bit of an insight as to why he doesn’t trust people and why he has a black eye patch. Personally, whether he needs it or not he still looks mighty cool with it. 😉 He revealed his eye in the film…my word. I’m more intrigued to know what happened to that eye.

 

FALCON

One certain character made his debut, Falcon. I really, really like him. I think he has a cool personality and I love the wings technology/parachute thing. I’m slightly gutted because I had a similar idea in mind for one of my stories, still, never mind. XD! Anyway I had an inkling that he was going to be the ally of Steve Rogers but I didn’t know that they were going to fight side by side. I assumed that it would be like Bruce Wayne and John Blake. They’re allies who will help each other out but not necessarily fight side by side as super-human equals… I was quite wrong. XD Now, I really hope that we see Falcon in the Avengers: Age of Ultron.^^/

 

VILLAINS

When I first saw Alexander Pierce, played by Robert Redford, I knew instantly that he was going to be the villain. A good ally on the surface who is secretly plotting something underneath the floorboards. XD It was a bit like the first Iron Man film when Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) appeared to be a goody but really he was a baddy. Apart from anything else I couldn’t really see Robert Redford having a small role; he is quite a big movie star.

 

 

It turns out that Zola, who played a sort of sidekick in the first Captain America film, played quite a significant role in the end.  I understand he was recruited to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. and this gave him the opportunity to bring in his allies, associated with the Red Skull, so they could do his bidding. It looks like the he transferred his consciousness into some ancient computer so whilst he actually died, his consciousness was still alive.

 

I must admit, I was slightly freaked out by Zola and his computers. It was like he was ahead of his own time, even back in the days when technology was in its infancy.

 

I was quite blown away when it was revealed that Bucky was alive. When I first heard the title “Winter Soldier” I thought it alluded to Captain America since he was frozen for so many years. I was wrong. When Bucky was revealed as Hydra, when his mask came off, I shouted “damn!” …I slightly attracted attention, albeit, unintentionally. XD!  I would describe Hydra as an Anti-Villain, he isn’t a true villain by heart but he’s working with them for the sake of working with them.

 

I wonder if we’ll see any more of the Red Skull army? That dude that got burned, [I think his name was Brock?] I wonder if he is actually the alias Crossbones? I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the case.

 

ROMANCE

The romance was quite interesting in this one. It seemed to tease a potential relationship between Steve Rogers and Black Widow. Personally, if I was the Captain, I’d go after that blonde lady who lived in his apartment block. Agent Carter I think was her name? Apparently in the comics she was the niece of Captain America’s first love interest but was eventually ret conned.  Anyway, I’d still go after the blonde girl regardless. She seems more affectionate then Black Widow. XD

 

FIGHTS

I really liked the plot overall, I liked how there was a conspiracy within SHIELD and the enemies plans kept on failing. It’s like how Scotland Yard and the FBI solve murder cases, haha. My favourite parts of the film though have to be the fights. To me good fights aren’t about throwing punches, there’s a bunch of factors that can lead to your victory. For example, the styles and fighting techniques of the soldier and how they use the terrain and knowledge of each other’s skills to their advantage.

 

I loved the way Captain America kept throwing his shield and how fast he ran, it’s really entertaining to watch. I enjoyed how Falcon kept on flying about the place, with his technical type of wings.

 

FILMED IN MANCHESTER INSTEAD OF NEW YORK?

I’ve been told by a friend that parts of Captain America were filmed in Manchester. Apparently, it costs $10,000,000 to close a whole street in New York, however, it only costs £100,000 to close down one whole street in Manchester. So, they filmed shots in Manchester which they pretended were in New York. It was apparently based in the 1930’s / 40’s. My friend said that he watched the filming from his friend’s flat. I was quite gutted when I heard this. Had I known this was being filmed in Manchester,  I would have wanted a walk on part! XD

 

I didn’t really spot any location in the film that resembled Manchester. Perhaps it was that one flashback scene with Steve Rogers and Bucky? Apparently, parts of the new Avengers film was filmed at the same time as the second Captain America film. So, maybe there will be flashbacks of the 1940s (where Manchester was pretending to be NewYork XD) in the Avengers: Age of Ultron.

 

CONCLUSION

This film was beyond amazing. Captain America was awesome and a new set of characters have been introduced. Apparently Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who are set to appear in the new Avengers film, made small cameos in this film.  I didn’t really see them, although I probably wouldn’t know who they were anyway!  XD! Falcon was especially good, Bucky being alive was awesome and I suspect that Zola is the true mastermind behind all of this Red Skull business.

 

Stan Lee making that cameo had me laughing for a good while. In a way he’s like the modern Alfred Hitchcock where Alfred used to appear in his own films, albeit, a lot more surreptitiously. Now, I’m expecting to see Stan Lee in every single Marvel film from now on. XD I recall him making a small cameo in one of the recent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes. It wouldn’t be a Marvel film if there was no Stan Lee to make a small cameo. Haha.

 

Is this the best Marvel film to date? Who can say? In the given moment I thought “yes”. In retrospect, I still prefer Iron Man. But, take nothing away from this film; it’s mind-blowing and very engaging. I would watch this numerous times.. =)

 

So, I won’t hesitate to give this two thumbs up.

 

CHALLENGING MYSELF

 That very evening, going to watch Captain America at the cinema, put me to the test.

 

On that Friday evening I planned to do this complicated painting after self-studying and to chill out watching some Blood Lad. However, I receive a call that same moment asking if I, along with Mum, would like to go and watch Captain America. It was on screen at 9 and I was asked at half 8… Some of you may guess or not but I don’t handle sudden surprises too well. I get cross in fact. XD We did speak about watching Captain America but no date was set in stone. I mulled over for a matter of minutes…

 

I eventually decided to go and watch Captain America since theoretically I have all day to paint, write and watch Anime. Whereas I don’t really get the opportunity to go to the cinema with friends and family. So, with this in mind, I decided to leap upon that opportunity.  I literally had to get dressed and what have you inside ten minutes.

 

I’m usually anxious whenever I go out, especially to the cinema. But when I got ready, got out and went straight to my seat I didn’t really feel anxious at all. Rather, I was more thinking about the film itself, which is quite unusual. Perhaps it’s because I wasn’t given the time to feel anxious, as strange as that sounds. Haha. I think this is a good step to take, and really, as anxious as I get I can handle these types of last minute situations.

 

I saw the trailer of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men; both of Marvel, both was shown before the film started. I fancy X-Men but for some strange reason I don’t really fancy Guardians of the Galaxy. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I get the feeling that I won’t enjoy it. I think it’s because it may look too sci-fi, I.E., Planet Earth won’t feature, at all.^^/

 

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I’m now going to watch Only Fools and Horses on UK GOLD followed by Brand New Simpsons. =D

 

Happy Easter everyone^^/

Ryan