Avengers: Age of Ultron reunites the superhero troop after Thor’s adopted brother Loki and otherworldly demons tried to conquer Earth in 2012. They nearly destroyed New York City in the process. Trying not to yawn here, but the utter and complete destruction of a city, continent or a world is a must for anything involving any comic book superheroes.
Even the writing made me yawn.
After shutting down a HYDRA operation in the fictional Eastern European country of Sokovia, the Avengers — led by Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man — find the scepter that was wielded by Loki in the first movie. Embedded in it is a magical gem that he and Bruce Banner use to create Ultron, a program that is supposed to protect Earth from invaders from space and other dimensions.
Something goes terribly wrong, and Ultron makes himself a robotic body and sets out to kill the Avengers.
Back to yawning. Writer/director Joss Whedon’s movie drags. You get long, heavy-duty destruction and CGI-laden action sequences. They are followed by many minutes of tedious plot. Then more chaos erupts and after there is even more monotonous dialogue and plot revelations. And on it goes for two hours and 21 minutes.
In the plethora of negatives there is a single positive. James Spader (TV’s The Blacklist) is the voice of Ultron. The villain’s personality is stolen from Iron Man’s Tony Stark. Spader does a dead-on imitation of Downey and perfectly nails his hick-up, stream-of-consciousness delivery.
He has a blast with the material. Too bad not one else does. The chemistry of the original cast is good, and they’re all good actors, but they’re boring. And so is this movie.