Mega Fan – Iqra Choudhry
After watching Avengers Assemble, the big question was – would the sequel be as good? Answer – yes. Yes it totally would. With kick-ass performances from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the second movie gives us a chance to get to know our favourite superheroes (and badass S.H.I.E.L.D director) a little better.
Anyone who’s a fan of the Marvel comic universe was excited by the introduction of the Maximoff twins – Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, heralding a new generation of Avengers.
And let’s not forget about that post-credits scene linking the Avengers to the Guardians of the Galaxy – the multiverse is finally coming together, and nothing makes me nerd harder than the thought of all my favourite superheroes hanging out in one film (come on, Sony – just let us have Deadpool and Spiderman in the same movie together already). Add on to all this a brilliant original score by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman – what’s not to like?
Giant Cynic – Imogen Scott-Chambers
With James Spader, everyone’s favourite 80s pretty boy, taking the role of the big bad guy Ultron, you already know the film isn’t going to match up to the likes of Iron Man (arguably the best Avengers film).
It finds no redemption in the confusing and basically irrelevant subplots such as Hawkeye’s private family life and the slightly weird relationship between Black Widow and the Hulk.
The film’s only redemption comes from the stellar acting of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, who steals the show, as per usual. The film presents the viewer with a predictable array of jaw-dropping CGI now associated with superhero movies, but fails to satisfy with a strong plot, striving to overcompensate the proceedings with special effects.
The ending is the most moving and enjoyable bit of the film, but it is a hard slog to get there and I’m not sure it’s really worth it. My advice is to stick to the individual Avengers films, which are generally on the money.