Avengers: Age of Ultron has some great action. (Okay, it has LOTS of great action.) But what I like the most about the movie is that each character is so well defined and acts accordingly. I’ve seen enough movies where characters make decisions based on moving the plot to a predefined point instead of doing what their characters would naturally do. I think this is a tribute to Joss Whedon (writer/director) and the actors.
The story moves forward at a good pace and never seems to languish. Most importantly it’s easy to follow. The only aspect of the story that seemed a little contrived was Thor’s vision involving the Infinity Stones. I think that was one of those scenes where the writer (Joss) needed the character (Thor) to know something he couldn’t otherwise know and so planted this vision. This only stands out because everything else flowed so smoothly.
My absolute favorite part of the movie is the introduction of Vision, played by Paul Bettany — one of my favorite actors. I’m looking forward to a lot more from this character who brings a majestic serenity to the Avengers team that was missing. I can’t wait to see where this goes.