Everything about “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is bigger and better

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Everything about “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is bigger and better

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth)  team up again in

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up again in "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Raider Times photo / Courtesy of Marvel

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up again in "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Raider Times photo / Courtesy of Marvel

Raider Times photo / Courtesy of Marvel

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up again in "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Michael Thompson, Raider Times staff

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    Simply put, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is not only bigger, but it is also better than its predecessor in almost every aspect.

     “Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” do have a lot in common, especially when it comes to the story structure, which might be off-putting for some “Ultron” viewers who might see it as a rehash of old ideas. However, although there are similarities between the two, “Ultron” never felt like a repeat, as they were presented in fresh ways. 

     One thing in particular I liked was the fact that where the first “Avengers” focused more on the team itself, and establishing the characters, “Ultron” set its sights more on fleshing out those characters and giving each of them a personality outside of the bigger team. The character development is done in creative ways (for the most part), and never feels forced or drags the story down.

     Speaking of which, the pacing of “Ultron” is very consistent and, even though the movie is 2 1/2 hours long, it doesn’t feel overly long or as if there is not enough substance to keep it going.

      Along with the team from the original, there are plenty of new faces, all of whom are beautifully implemented into the story. They all feel as if they have a place and a purpose, and not like they were thrown into “Ultron” just for the sake of it.

     All in all, I would definitely recommend “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to any fans of the first one, and to anyone looking for an enjoyable movie-watching experience. This is one of the most fun movies I’ve watched all year.

–May 1, 2015–

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