Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Stats

  • 141 min.
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson (and a million other actors)
  • Director: Joss Whedon
  • Adventure/Sci-fi
  • Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action throughout and brief language

Overview – 7.0

Picking up where The Winter Soldier left off Avengers: Age of Ultron (AoU) opens with our team of illustrious heroes hunting down what remains of the Hydra organization. Weary of the fighting, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), along with Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), seek to create an artificial intelligence to be a “shield around the whole world.” The artificial intelligence project, called Ultron, malfunctions and sees the destruction of the world and the Avengers as the only way to truly achieve peace. Giant 9-foot robot bent on the destruction of the human race? Avengers assemble!

Positive Content – 10.0

Stark and Banner work on Ultron without telling the rest of the team prompting the Avengers squad to speak at length about the value of being a team.

As is typical with superhero movies, self-sacrifice is a major theme throughout the movie.

Forgiveness also plays a big part in this movie between a few of the characters.

Ultron makes reference to a number of Bible verses when talking about his plans to be the world’s “savior”. He references “on this rock I will build my church” as well Noah and the flood. These could serve as excellent teaching opportunities for your children.

Questionable Content – 9.0

There is, of course, violence in this film. Outside of your normal superhero punching, one man loses an arm in one scene and another man’s blood is used to leave a message on a wall. That being said, even in those two scenes, nothing is gory (the arm loss scene is even accompanied with a joke).

Sexual content – 6.0

There are a few scenes were some of the men are without shirts and some of the women are wearing some revealing clothing.

There is a fair bit of sexual innuendo between two characters throughout the first part of the movie.

Drugs/alcohol content – 9.5

Stark hosts a party at the beginning of the movie and some alcohol is seen there.

Profane language – 8.0

I remember about four words of bad language in this movie.

In one of the opening scenes one of the Avengers cusses and Captain America (Chris Evans) says “language!” This becomes a running joke throughout the movie about Cap suggesting that people who don’t cuss are old-fashioned.

Conclusion

I’m not really sure how I felt about this movie. It didn’t really wow me as much as the first Avengers movie, but I knew it wasn’t going to when I bought my tickets. That being said I believe Avengers: AoU to be the better movie of the two. Ultron was more established and a bigger baddy than Loki was in Avengers, and this movie fixed some of the problems we had with Avengers fleshing out both Black Widow’s and Hawkeye’s back stories quite a bit more. That being said, this movie really served as a set-up for several of the future movies[1]. At times it felt more like they were trying to cram everything in, causing the movie to be a little disjointed or rushed in places. Though I think some things could have been done better, I still enjoyed the movie overall and will probably be seeing it again myself.

P.S. I read on multiple reviews that there was no end credit scene. I stayed until the end anyway. There isn’t one. There is however a scene that comes midway through the credits and it’s pretty cool!

[1] And I mean several. Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers Infinity Wars (obviously) are all set-up to some degree.

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7 Total Score

Positive Content
10
Questionable Content
9
Sexual Content
6
Drugs/Alcohol Content
9.5
Profane Language
8
User Rating: 3.78 (2 votes)

Jack Dodgen is an associate minister in Mannford, OK where he lives with his beautiful wife, Anna, and adorable son, Luke. He is also a Bible student, avid blogger, basketball aficionado, and music junkie.

3 Comments
  1. Reply
    Adam May 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I agree with this review and appreciate the thoughts toward how a Christian might view it. I think there are many deliberate biblical references that make good talking points after the movie (something we try to do anything we take the kids to see something). The theme of “monsters” is really good to explore as much as the ideology that drives ultron. And definitely stay to watch the scene halfway through the credits!

    • Reply
      Jack Dodgen May 2, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      You’re absolutely right about the Bible verses! I meant to include that in there. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Reply
    Gipson May 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I think there was probably a bit more cursing than what you remember. I don’t know how to quantify it- I didn’t sit there counting. I wouldn’t say it was overwhelming, but it seemed like a lot more than 4 to me.

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