Saturday, 15 December 2018

The fate of the Earth is in their hands

HERE we go again. Love it or hate it, you cannot help but admire the scope

HERE we go again. Love it or hate it, you cannot help but admire the scope and cinematic vision of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Its latest offering â?? Avengers: Age of Ultron â?? is the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and hits our screens this week.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping programme, things go awry and Earth’s mightiest heroes, including Stark’s Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

It is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron enacting his terrible plans and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for epic adventure.

Like its ensemble of well-known superheroes the film has attracted a collection of big name stars, including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, along with Samuel L Jackson and James Spader.

Along the way they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers â?? Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson â?? and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, who took the helm of the first film, it is based on the popular comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963.

While many may argue that Furious 7, released earlier this month, signalled the start of the summer’s Hollywood blockbuster season, Age of Ultron happily holds its own.

All the main boxes are ticked here â?? mind-boggling special effects, big name stars, an eye-watering  budget and associated merchandise.

Some may feel the film is skewed towards a younger audience, but with the aforementioned and a running time of nearly two-and-a-half hours, visitors of all ages will be sure to get plenty of bang for their buck.

The film is now showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse.

David White

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