Avengers: Age of Ultron is a difficult movie to rate. With its predecessor being the almighty 2012's The Avengers, Age of Ultron had many expectations to live up to. And thankfully, it has surpassed those set limits.
To start with, when we watched The Dark Knight Rises a few months after The Avengers, we declared that the latter is a childish flick. And that's true. But when Joss Whedon (one of my fav directors) decided to pen the first draft of the sequel's script in a bar after a few days of The Avengers' release, we fans knew that Age of Ultron would be worth looking forward to because Whedon is not only a creative director but a visionary artist.
Age of Ultron's strongest point is the face-off between Ultron and Iron Man. Ultron is a force similar to Tony Stark's intellect ('cause Stark created it, duh!). So, you can say that the egomaniacal side of Stark is reflected on to Ultron. And that creates a phenomenon (like in Marvel's Daredevil) of the good vs evil triumph. Also, James Spader was the best choice to voice the villain due to his dialogue delivery in The Blacklist.
Another positive point is that the long sequence at the onset of the blockbuster is superb. And enthralls viewers that if action in the start is awesome, then the final battle will be the epitome of awesome. Plus, the Iron Man vs Hulk fight is incomparable to any other CGI fight scene (let's see what Snyder does with Superman vs Batman).
Now, for the negatives: One, the the movie often seems slow, too slow. The Avengers had better humor so we were able to pass the lagging scenes. But here, you feel that you can doze through at least twenty minutes of the film.
Secondly, the story sometimes becomes too complex. Not that we adults can't comprehend it but maybe younger audiences should be allowed more bite than bark. And a minority of the shots seemed like they were just made to showcase the use of CGI rather actually do something. Godzilla is a prime example of CGI over story but Avengers 2 has much plot than SFX.
To end with, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a must-watch for comic-book fans. For the people who want Nolanesque brilliance, look elsewhere, but do give this movie a gambling chance.
3 out of 4.