Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012's Avengers, and the writers assume you've watched all the Marvel movies that have come out between 2012 and now. As long as you've seen the first Avengers movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier you'll have no problem following along in the story.
Tony Stark has an idea to create artificial intelligence with the end goal of having an army to protect the world and ensure world peace. An opportunity has been presented to move forward with this idea and because of limited time, Stark and Bruce Banner dive right in without really thinking of the consequences...or telling the other avengers. The largest consequence being: Ultron. The movie from that point on follows the typical superhero story line with our heroes needing to save the world from a machine that is bent on “fixing” the world by destroying it.
I personally enjoyed this movie very much. I thought it was a solid sequel to the first movie. Much of the tension and drama is not just in stuff blowing up, but is psychological. We are introduced to a new super human who messes with our heroes’ heads, showing them their greatest fears. And it takes time for the avengers to shake off this attack.
Ultron is like a virus or a corrupt computer program. He is eerily not right in how he moves and how he talks. His contrast is Vision, who is also created in a lab, but instead of being a glitchy program turned into a robot, he is more like Frankenstein's monster...if Dr. Frankenstein’s experiment had turned out right.
Should children see this movie? Please note that this movie is PG-13 and parents should consider several things before bringing children and teens to this movie:
• This latest installment from Marvel has some profanity and the choice of using foul language becomes a running joke between Captain America and the others. The Captain often rebukes the others for their foul language, but at the end he joins in.
• There are sexual innuendos and jokes that older children might catch. Black Widow and Scarlet Witch have some low-cut tops, and one of the Avengers is seen kissing his girlfriend.
• As with most superhero movies, there is a lot of violence. If your child was okay with the first Avengers movie, he/she should be fine with this one. It is also important to know that a superhero dies during the violence.
• Superheroes and villains are larger than life, and have greater powers than us normal humans. That is part of what makes these stories fun. This movie goes a bit beyond, in that it does infer god-like status to Vision. While I felt that the movie toes the line on this issue carefully, it is something to be aware of.
Heidi Joelle is professional minion by day and a writer, editor, and reader by night. She can be coaxed from the house by the sound of a good adventure or the opportunity of traveling somewhere new. Her Saint Bernard, Smokey, and problem-solving cat, Diamond, bring extra joy to daily life.