Avengers: Age of Ultron

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Superheroes reteam for entertaining, action-packed sequel.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 142 minutes
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Teamwork and loyalty matter: United you stand, divided you fall. Don't let your fears get the better of you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Avengers are all fighting for justice and to overthrow evil. Each has quirks and frailties, but ultimately they overcome their individual challenges to accomplish their greater mission. Many brands of heroism within the group: Captain America is always upstanding and squeaky clean, Iron Man can be selfish until matters come to a head, Thor tends to act first and ask questions later but has a strong sense of honor and duty, etc. Both female heroes require rescuing at some point.

Violence

Constant explosive, destructive mayhem; it's cartoonish/over the top (i.e. not bloody/gory), but it's relentless. Characters get shot and die (one very sad death), cars go flying with people in them, skyscrapers are reduced to rubble, and more. Children are sometimes right in the line of fire, buildings implode, missiles fly, and innocent casualties are countless (though they're not lingered on). Lots of weapons (guns, hammers, shields, arrows, hands, bombs, and more) and fighting. Preventing civilian casualties is one of the Avengers' primary goals.

Sex

Couples kiss; some flirting/banter. A few sexual innuendoes and form-fitting outfits/cleavage shots.

Language

"S--t" is the first word of the movie (though the character who says it is reprimanded for his language). Also "damn," "ass," "bastard," "hell," and "son-of-a-bitch."

Consumerism

Products/labels seen include Audi, John Deere, Beats headphones, and Adidas. And the film is tied in to the vast merchandising/licensing efforts surrounding Marvel Comics.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some celebratory drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012's epic adventure The Avengers. Fans will love the mix of over-the-top action and humor as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) reteam to defeat Ultron (James Spader), an intelligent robot determined to wipe out humanity. The biggest issue, of course, is the explosive, comic book-style violence, which includes nonstop destruction, fighting, weapons, flipping cars, imploding buildings, citywide devastation, and massive civilian casualties implied. There's also one sad death, as well as some kissing/flirting/innuendo/cleavage, swearing ("s--t," "son of a bitch," etc.), and celebratory drinking. But as always with the Avengers, the ultimate message is that teamwork and loyalty will always save the day.

User Reviews

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Written byAnonymous May 3, 2015
Adult Written byCorID May 24, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byjohnstewart May 1, 2015

Currently one of my least favorite Marvel movies

Let me just say first, it wasn't as good as the first Avengers or the recent Marvel movies. Sure this one is better than some of them, but still not really... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAvengersFan May 1, 2015

Iffy for 10 and younger

Good messages- teamwork and heroic actions. Role models- The Avengers are heroic role models, but sometimes there are trust issues and arguments. Violence- a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, genius inventor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), inadvertently creates a form of artificial intelligence that comes to the conclusion that the world's problems are all self-inflicted. Ultron (voiced by James Spader), as the super-smart android is known, comes up with a simple solution: Destroy humanity. It's up to the the original Avengers -- Iron Man, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) -- along with a few new recruits, to stop Ultron and save the world.

Is it any good?

Blessed with a star-studded cast, this sequel makes sure that each of the bold-faced names gets his or her moment in the sun, resulting in a film that's sure to satisfy Marvel fanatics. And director Joss Whedon makes sure the action is as big as its stars: Androids do battle in breathtaking scenes, worlds literally fall apart, and superheroes rescue and do good from one breathless moment to the next. The dialogue moves pretty quickly, too, inflected with humor.

But this many important characters makes for a crowded movie, with little time to allow a complicated storyline actual room to unfurl. The plot feels secondary in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the film mostly just careening from one battle scene to the next. There's little sense of real storytelling, mostly grandstanding. Still, there's definitely enough here to please fans of the movies and the original comic books.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what keeps the Avengers together -- and what tears them apart -- in Avengers: Age of Ultron. How do they manage to work as a team despite all of their conflicts? What message does that send viewers?

  • What do you think about the way that superhero movies portray violence? Does any of it seem realistic? Is it intended to? Does it glorify fighting? How does the fact that much of it is larger than life affect its impact? How is it different watching robots get hurt than human characters? Does exposure to violent movies make kids more aggressive?

  • How do the characters in Avengers: Age of Ultron demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

  • Are the Avengers role models? Are some of them "worthier" than others? Why or why not?

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