Excerpt: “There are few actors in all of Hollywood with the consistency (and stamina) to be the lead in big budget action films AND still, voluntarily, perform their own stunts. In all of Hollywood, Tom Cruise continues to be that gem, and boy does he shine in this film. Cruise can still convincingly play an action because he is, in fact, a real action star. I’m not just referring to him doing his own stunts, because that alone is beyond impressive (maybe a little reckless). I’m referring to his absolute conviction and impressive consistency for every character he portrays, including Ethan Hunt. Last year he reminded us how he became such a well-known action star with his role in Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (also written by McQuarrie), and this year he continues his precedent.”
RATING: ★★★★★★★★ (8/10 stars)
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Excerpt: There is something to be said about how well synergized the Marvel on-screen universe is. The film opens mid assault on a base holding the Loki’s scepter (among other surprises). How they got their information or location to this is for the most part unimportant, and you quickly realize this after a few minutes into the film, there is a staged freeze frame that reminds you of comic book cover art. It is cheesy and completely over the top for a film, but it is a staple when for comic books, so it feels essential. Other essential things include the dynamic colors and costumes, comedic overtones and one-liners, and hordes of enemies and explosions. One major pitfall that is unavoidable when it comes to any film with fantasy and technologically advanced elements is the massive amounts of CGI needed to bring the universe alive. The first Avengers was a completely new cinematic experience, bringing together a huge ensemble of superheroes, each with their own backstories from their own respective world’s, and having them build up to this one explosive collaboration. That was the first Avengers. Lightning rarely strikes twice (unless you’re Thor), and Avengers: Age of Ultron proves that.
RATING: ★★★★★★(6/10 stars)
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