I just got out of the 27-hour Marvel movie marathon (11 movies straight), which concluded with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’m not sure it’s necessarily the Age of Ultron as the title says, but the villain serves as a decent backdrop to a more serious narrative about the team of superheroes. Unfortunately, most of these franchises have failed to come up with a great villain (only Loki and maybe The Winter Soldier are exceptions), and while James Spader lends an interesting persona to the character, it still is merely another robot the team has to fight.

But fight they do, and spectacularly at that. The action sequences are lengthy and brutal, highlighted by a “chaos cinema” style of camera work and action framing. Having watched all the Marvel movies in a row lends an interesting perspective on the style of the films, seeing as how many of the action beats are nearly identical to each other as the films methodically follow a pattern which has worked for Marvel so far.

I’m a little loopy from my experience and I’ll have more to say at a later date, but suffice to say the film is very satisfying from an entertainment perspective and builds upon the ideologies set forth in each of the franchises.

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