Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

Marvel Studios

 

Rating: PG-13

 

Reason for the Rating: Intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments.

 

Plot Summary: When a malicious program takes over Tony Stark's ideal peacekeeping robot, Iron Man and the Avengers must work together to defeat Ultron.

 

PopFam Recommends: This is a fun action movie for just about anyone in your family ages 10 and up.

 

It's finally here! Like those who have waited impatiently for the next Harry Potter movie or Lord of the Rings, The Age of Ultron is a movie some have anticipated for the past three years. But was it worth the wait?

 

Well, of course it was! Writer/director Joss Whedon assembled the superheroes we all want to see and created a non-stop movie whose action might make your head spin. But that was expected. But would you expect a disjointed Avengers team, or Tony Stark himself (Robert Downey, Jr) putting the world in danger, or the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) falling in love? Probably not, but realizing the stone in Loki's staff holds a "program" that makes Jarvis look like a peanut, Tony begins to realize his dream of a peacekeeper that will keep the world safe. Unfortunately, that program, a robot called Ultron (voiced by James Spader) has other ideas about what peace looks like...specifically a world without humans.

 

While Ultron is out making an army of robots, The Avengers are having difficulty working together as a team. Introduced to the twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), the Avengers are faced with demons either of their past or fears of the future. Consumed by these dreams, they isolate themselves and disunity ensues until they are able to capture Vision (Paul Bettany), a caped humanoid made by Ultron.

 

I think what made The Avenger's such a great movie, wasn't the fighting and action sequences or the seamless CG (and those in themselves were pretty amazing), but the relationships and interactions between the characters themselves. Tony Stark's wit, Bruce Banner's gentleness and goodness, Capt. America's wholesomeness, The Black Widow's desire and fear of friendship, Thor's strength of character, and unwavering Hawkeye. All of these qualities work together to make us laugh, cringe, and appreciate those same qualities in our friends and family. But mostly laugh. Those same qualities are enhanced in The Age of Ultron. Because we know the characters, we enjoy and appreciate the banter and struggles they have individually and as a team.

 

Parents should be aware that there is mild language throughout the movie, and is often joked about as a poke at Capt. America for chastising Ironman early in the movie for "language." There are sexual innuendos, and one scene where Hulk and Black Widow discuss how they should have showered together. Possibly good talking points for parents and older children.

 

Writer/director Joss Whedon has created a movie with the feel of a comic book. His characters are strong with personal weaknesses; seek the good for humanity, yet struggle with their vision of what that should be; and ultimately risk their lives for those of others. The plot is full of villians and action and explosions, and ultimately a message about the goodness of mankind. What more could you want?

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• When questioned about his name, Vision says, “I am not Ultron. I am not Jarvis. I am....” In what other ways is he portrayed to be God-like?

 

• Tony Stark is obsessed with creating a shield around the world, to create “peace in our time.” Ultimately though, he creates a war-machine bent on attacking the world. It’s suggested in the movie that we create the things we are afraid of. Do you agree or disagree?

 

• Vision says of mankind, “There is grace in their failings.” How do you think Jesus views mankind?

 

--JW

 

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