(C) Marvel Studios

Please note that since Avengers: Age of Ultron is yet to be released in regions such as the United States, this review will be totally free of any spoilers. Once the film is released in America on May 1st, I will publish a spoiler-filled review as soon as I can. Anyway, into the review:

It’s impossible to argue that Avengers: Age of Ultron is easily one of the most anticipated films of 2015. It’s really no surprise, after the astounding performance of 2012’s Avengers Assemble, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. I loved Avengers Assemble, which is why I’m disappointed to say that Age of Ultron left me slightly underwhelmed.

Don’t get me wrong, the film was good, but unfortunately just not as much as previous entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The stakes were far lower this time around, and in comparison to the exciting prospects of Avengers: Infinity War, felt akin to a filler episode of a TV show.

Although I say this, there were plenty of things that I loved about Avengers: Age of Ultron. As expected, the action scenes were phenomenal: excellently directed by Joss Whedon and incredibly well choreographed. Every Avenger felt necessary in this entry; even those considered B-team members such as Black Widow and Hawkeye had some outstanding scenes and character-defining moments.

On the subject of character development, Age of Ultron is rife with it. Not to spoil anything, but certain characters suffer from visions that reveal more about their origins, which I found to be some of the film’s best moments. Whedon previously stated that this was going to be a more character-driven film, and that is really prevalent. In fact, even if the film was 100% dialogue, story and character development, it would be just as good a film, and I would’ve been just as glued to my seat as much I already was during this 140-minute romp.

However, as our heroes’ stories took the centre stage, the eponymous AI Ultron was definitely shoved to the back. I don’t want to say too much, but the trailers made it look like he would be a more vengeful character, motivated by his hatred of the Avengers, but his origin was thoroughly rushed. We barely got to know the purpose of Ultron before he went rogue, and it just seemed like his origin and development were an afterthought.

The film also bears too many similarities to 2012’s Avengers Assemble. I don’t want to say what exactly they are – I’ll save that for the spoiler review – but it felt like we were treading on old territory, not what I expect from a series of films that has taken so many risks in recent years, expecially Phase 2.

Although this review may focus on the issues I had with Avengers: Age of Ultron, please don’t think that I disliked the film. I’m thoroughly absorbed and invested with the characters now, and the action scenes and tight script made sure I was always entertained, but a few broken promises and a reliance on the structure of the previous film means that Age of Ultron never quite excels in the same way Avengers Assemble did. I thought the film was great, but not quite as great as I may have anticipated.

I give Avengers: Age of Ultron 8 out of 10.

Have you seen Avengers: Age of Ultron? What did you think? Be sure to leave a comment below, and be sure to look out for our spoiler review, which should coincide with the release of the film in America at the beginning of May. Thanks for reading!