Archive for May, 2015

Hi folks, Hope you are well. Here is my review of “Avengers Age of Ultron” which we  saw recently at the IMEX cinema at the traford centre.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

This is the follow up to the Brilliant Avengers and Captain America films. We all love Marvel films and couldn’t wait to see this. This is the 11th film of the Marvel cinematic universe.

The film opens with the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, black Widow and Hawkeye) raiding a Hydra outpost led by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who has been experimenting on humans using the scepter previously wielded by Loki. They encounter two of Strucker’s experiments – twins Pietro, who has superhuman speed, and Wanda Maximoff, who can manipulate minds and throw energy blasts – and apprehend Strucker, while Stark retrieves Loki’s scepter.

Stark and Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the scepter’s gem, and secretly use it to complete Stark’s “Ultron” global defense program. However Ultron becomes sentient and believes he must eradicate humanity to save Earth. He eliminates Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. and attacks the Avengers during a victory party at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Strucker’s Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. He recruits the Maximoff twins, who harbor a grudge against Stark for weapons responsible for their parents’ deaths, and together, they visit the South African shipyard base of arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to obtain vibranium. The Avengers battle them, but Wanda subdues the heroes with haunting visions, causing the Hulk to run amok and forcing Stark to use his powerful “Hulk Buster” armor to stop him.

The team then go into hiding at Barton’s safehouse farm, where they meet Barton’s wife, Laura, and children. Thor departs to consult with Dr. Erik Selvig on the meaning of the apocalyptic future he saw in his hallucination. Realizing an attraction between them, Romanoff and Banner plan to flee together after fighting Ultron. Nick Fury arrives and encourages the team to form a plan to stop Ultron. In Seoul, South Korea, Ultron forces Banner’s friend Dr. Helen Cho to use her synthetic tissue technology, vibranium, and the scepter’s gem to create the perfect body for him. When Ultron begins uploading himself into the body, Wanda is able to read his mind; discovering his plan for human extinction, the Maximoffs turn on Ultron. Rogers, Romanoff, and Barton hunt Ultron and retrieve the synthetic body, but Ultron captures Romanoff.

The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark secretly uploads J.A.R.V.I.S. – who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the internet – into the synthetic body. Thor then returns to help activate the body with lightning, explaining that the gem on its brow – one of the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in existence – was part of his vision. The robot, now called the “Vision”, and the Maximoffs join the Avengers, and the team heads for Sokovia, where the exciting finale with Ultron takes place. During the battle Fury arrives in a Helicarrier with Maria Hill, War Machine, The Falcon and other S.H.I.E.L.D agents to assist in the party. The climatic battle then ensues.

And then of course there is the usual end credit scene to watch out for.

This film was brilliant. This was amazing. It was an epic superhero extravaganza.  It had more super heroes than you could shake a stick at. The Geek inside me loved it. The effects were brilliant specially in 3D and on the large screen format of the IMAX.

Unlike the often dark and overly-serious movies of the DC universe, Marvel have created a world of colour, humour and fun. The script sparkles with trademark one-liners and running jokes that entertain throughout. In addition the action is magnificent and exciting, with the camera often moving incredibly smoothly through long tracking shots that encompass the whole battlefield. It’s a shame DC superheroes haven’t had the same success. Weather Superman vs Batman pulls it off next year remains to be seen.

I loved the performances of all the superheroes, and I enjoyed their story arcs and the way it was held together. Hawkeye, Black Widow and The Hulk all develop massively, and in ways that seem pleasingly natural. For the amount of main characters that are portrayed in this film Marvel have done a great job of balancing them out.   Marvel have done a wonderful job in creating this amazing superhero universe. With more to come its only going to get more exciting.

So, do I recommend it? HELL YES :).

Anyway, the next film in the Marvel Universe band wagon is Ant Man, which I am looking forward to. So watch out for the review of that one in the not too distant future.

Hi every one.

This is an update on the kidney45challenge. Well, I have completed all 3 challenges for April.

The challenges were:-

Challenge 10) Not to alcohol for a month.

I have completed this challenge. I thought this was going relatively easy for me as I do not drink much but there have been a couple of times when I have fancied a cold lager.

Challenge 11) Don’t speak for a whole day

I completed this challenge on Saturday 25th April 2015. I used a notepad and pen to communicate. This was an extremely difficult challenge for me to do. But I just about managed it.

Challenge 12) Complete 25 push ups and 50 sit ups in one go

Well I successfully completed this challenge yesterday but felt exhausted and really bad afterwards. I was completely shattered for the rest of the day. I am still feeling a bit poorly today. Maybe I will have to rethink weather I can complete physical challenges or not in the future. See Video below.

The challenges planned for May are:-

Challenge 13. Dress up as a women for a day

Challenge 14. Learn to dance the Samba (Year challenge)

Challenge 15. Hot chilli or Curry Challenge.

I am still looking for more ideas. So if you have any challenge ideas please let me know.