Disclaimer: I think I have seen Avengers 1, Captain America 1&2, Iron Man 1,2 & 3, Hulk in two forms, Thor 1 & 2, Guardians of the Galaxy - possibly some others. At this point I am completely lost and I’m just watching these for Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson’s cat suit.
This is the second Avengers film and the umpteenth Marvel explode-a-thon. This time Iron Man creates a computer so advanced it gets out of control and tries to blow up the whole world.
The first film had a fun, slightly campy tone and although things are a little ‘darker’ here it’s good to see Whedon has stuck to his guns. The Avengers have a genuinely entertaining on-screen rapport, making Age of Ultron good for escapism if nothing else.
The plot is somewhat unoriginal even to the greenest of movie-goers - a computer that tries to take over the world? Really? Also, Elizabeth Olsen joins the cast but it’s unclear what her character actually does (spoiler: it’s anything that the plot requires).
Don’t write the film off because of that though. It’s a fun, well-made comic book romp. What’s actually going on is incidental; the cool special effects and really sexy funny people are a good distraction from a cold wet afternoon.