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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
An Enjoyable And Superior Followup
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is your typical modern day, summer blockbuster, Hollywood fare which trades absolute originality for massive scale.
It's an enjoyable ride that is both witty and darker in tone than 2012's Avengers, and thanks to the lack of need for nearly an hour of character basil exposition before getting to the main story, it's superior to it's predecessor too.
Length and noisy final act aside, Avengers: Age Of Ultron shows that Marvel know how to make an enjoyable superhero film which will appeal to all ages and that's something Warner Bros. need to learn after the utterly depressing and dystopian Man Of Steel.
Man of Steel (2013)
Hugely generic, utterly tedious, an opportunity wasted.
The film title Man of Steel is at least accurate. Man Of Steel IS NOT a Superman film. It's an utter bastardisation of the Superman character and this story could be easily interchanged to any generic super hero film.
While the first half of the film is quite good, the second half is an exercise of CGI excess and generic action movie tropes and tedium quickly sets in. The film's last moronic half hour goes against Superman's true morals and beliefs and by that stage I lost any goodwill towards Superman that the film had earned at that point. Costner is easily the best thing in it.
People may criticise Superman Returns, but after seeing Man Of Steel, I find Superman Returns is at least a true Superman film with a lot more integrity and reverence to the source, than this. Sadly they just miscast Superman Returns terribly.
Man Of Steel confirms my belief than Zack Snyder is a hack. Evidence - Sucker Punch, Watchmen, 300 and this! A noisy, moronic, loud, unoriginal, missed opportunity and a far cry from the excellence of the recent Dark Knight trilogy.