• Couldn’t agree more. I had read a couple of mixed reviews before watching this movie, but it seems they were reviewing the movie as stand-alone instead of as part of the overall narrative. I think your review understands that very well and thus critiques the movie very well. Having watched it, it’s as marvellous as you suggest, I was grinning all the way through and as you say, it provides a satisfying conclusion to many plots strands set up really since Winter Soldier, while leaving everything open for new stories and Wars of the Infinity variety to take shape. Now if only DC can get their act together…

    • Owen Bush

      Thanks a lot! I think it concludes it’s separate story, but then also links with the whole narrative, which is done very well.

      Will DC ever get their act together?

  • TardisBoy

    Excellent review! I absolutely bloomin’ loved this film. It stands as my favourite MCU film to date!

    • Owen Bush

      Thanks a lot! So do I, so I think I might have to agree!

  • Deus Ex Machina

    I’m glad to see a positive review. I’ve been reading a lot of mixed to negative reviews. It seems to be one of those movies that the critics don’t much care for, but the regular movie goers love. My only big issue with it is that it didn’t quite live up to the hype (which I think was impossible anyway). The Vision also felt a little irrelevant. They could have cut him from the film without losing too much. He really just showed up for the final battle. I still liked the character though. As a big comic book fan, I was really excited to finally see him in action. I was also a bit disappointed at the lack of easter-eggs, as there were nowhere near as many as usual, and they’re one of my favourite things about the franchise. I’m glad Renner got a chance to show off Hawkeye a bit more. I was actually hoping we’d see his family, as he has one in the comics, so that was cool. The Wonder Twins (as I’m cross-franchisingly calling them) were brilliant as well. I can’t wait to see what the Russo brothers have in store for Scarlet Witch in “Civil War” and into the future. I’m sad to see Whedon go as I’m a huge fan of his, but I can’t wait to see what he’ll be up to now that he’s not having to worry about Marvel 24/7. I still hope he stays on as a consultant though. He seems to be good at wrapping his head around this joined universe concept, and a lot of the awesome ideas from the films have been his from what I understand. All in all, a fantastic movie. 9/10.

    Now bring on “Ant-Man”

    • Owen Bush

      Thank you! Yes, I agree, reviewers seem to be assessing the film with too much depth, almost like they want it to be flawed. I also agree, Vision had so much promotion as this new Avenger, and didn’t get to show off much of his beauty. However, I believe Marvel is saving the epic for Civil War/Infinity War, Vision is such a significant character, I’m sure his presence won’t be missed. Whedon is a fantastic director, although a few minor scenes were a bit silly, but I’ll forgive him.

      “I know, wasn’t my idea..”

  • Mark McCullough

    Fantastic Review Owen, extremely well written. And for the most part I agree. You have pointed out virtually all of what I loved about film. However, I am sad to say there were a few minor issues which dampened my enjoyment of it which I will cover now: Bear in mind I still rate it a solid 8/10
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    – Firstly the Vision was a bit of a problem for me, over promoted yet under utilised. He seemed to serve only as a source of friction between Stark and Cap rather than as a character in his own right. Yes he was awesome when wielding Thor’s hammer and his part in the final battle was significant. But it wasn’t really enough to warrant the promotion he received. Interesting as well was how Cap didn’t question Thor after Thor created Vision, yet Cap was so quick to criticise Stark for the same thing.
    – Speaking of Stark, what the heck happened there? Last we seen him, he was moving on from the Iron Man aspect of his life, had removed his core and destroyed his entire fleet of suits. Yet his first scene featured him full suit fighting as Iron Man again. Not just this but he also has an entire system of suits in place and is working on the Ultron project. Where’s the character continuity? What’s even more sickening is his ending here was just the same thing as Iron Man 3 again
    – The deaths too were a bit off in my opinion. Jarvis’ death was actually the one that had the most impact because we had already seen him in numerous other films. Sadly this one was a cop out and Jarvis come back to become Vision. Awesome but it left us with only Quicksilver’s death which didn’t have a huge impact due to his lack of development in comparison to our other avengers. To lose him to keep one of our favourites was a good thing in many ways and as such didn’t have the impact it should have.
    – And finally Ultron, for a super smart automated intelligence he was actually pretty stupid allowing hatred for the Avengers to stop him developing into the threat he could have been and what the trailers led us to believe. Tiny bit annoying but I loved him all the same.

    • Owen Bush

      I think you might be being a little too critical here, although a very positive verdict.

      I do agree with the lack of Vision, but yet this didn’t make a massive difference in my score due to the involvement (I’m sure) he’ll have in the next films – as remember, this still is a series of films.

      Not sure with that Stark thing, possibly just that he wanted to continue with the Avengers, as that was the group he led, rather than using his suits/powers separately, maybe only when he needed to desperately?

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      I don’t think the number of deaths have to represent the quality of the film, yes, Jarvis’ death wasn’t very evoking after he returned as Vision, but I do feel like Quicksilver, although his short screentime, was very emotional. His connection with his sister, and the reaction that spread from that, was very deep and tragic. For me, it worked beautifully and simply.

      You will never ever have a perfect villain, because a perfect villain would obviously end up beating the heroes (and we don’t want that!) – you also have to remember that Ultron may have been an AI, but he did have elements of Stark which may also represent his weakness at moments. Ultimately, reading too far into the lines for an action-adventure movie, will only seize your experience for the film.

      I do understand your comments, though, and thank you for commenting your thoughts in depth and detail – whilst I may not totally agree/understand.

      Thanks for reading. :)

  • TheCyberDoctor

    Brilliant review! It really is an amazing film, managing to develop the characters further and provide a spectacular plot. Ultron is a great villain, and I love the fact that he’s funny as well, and its an interesting take on AI. For me, it manages to better the first film, which is incredible. It might not be completely perfect, but its pretty damn close! 9.5/10

    • Owen Bush

      Agree with everything you said here! Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed!

  • The Exploding TARDIS

    How I’d rank the MCU

    1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Guardians of the Galaxy
    2. Iron Man 3
    3. I