This is where I hold my hands up and admit that I’m a bit of a geek. Superheroes, Doctor Who, Star Trek…yep, I love them all. And luckily for me, Mark and the boys love them as well.
So when it was announced that ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ was going to have its UK cinema release just one day after my 40th birthday, we were all excited. I would have loved to see the midnight showing, but Ollie and Lyle would have been very disappointed to miss it. So I booked tickets for the 8pm showing instead, and we all eagerly looked forward to it.
We started the evening with a meal at Zizzi in the new Southwater development in Telford town centre. This area is full of restaurants, a Cineworld cinema and a Premier Inn hotel – all of them newly built. It has made a big difference to the appearance of Telford town centre, and is a great venue for an evening out in the town.
The Zizzi restaurant is bright and airy, with a bright mural across one wall. There is black and white tiling around the bar area, reflecting the local tile industry. We often choose to visit Zizzi when we are looking for a quick meal out. The food is always of a good standard and I enjoy the seasonal variations on the menu.
Mark and the boys all opted for pizza, while I chose one of the specials – giant tortelloni stuffed with asparagus and ricotta, in a lemon butter. It was served with grilled stems of asparagus, one of my favourite vegetables, and was really delicious.
After coffee, it was on to the main event of the evening – ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
Avengers: Age of Ultron (cert. 12u)
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers in this post, but the basic premise of the film is that Tony Stark sets out to jumpstart a peacekeeping program. This then goes horribly wrong, and the team of superheroes have to stop Ultron from carrying out his terrible program.
I had stayed pretty much spoiler-free for this film, and I was really looking forward to it. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ didn’t disappoint. It has the usual high-octane mix of action scenes, special effects and comedy, with a touch of romance along the way.
Most of the cast were familiar to us, as we have seen nearly all of the characters in their own individual films. Robert Downey Jr is probably my sons’ favourite actor in the Marvel universe, and Scarlet Johansson was as fabulous as ever in the role of Black Widow. However, I still can’t quite watch Chris Hemsworth as Thor without recalling his amazing performance as James Hunt in Rush.
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were pretty good as the new antagonists and of course, we spotted Stan Lee’s traditional cameo appearance!
As you might expect, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ did have its fair share of cliche. The hero going out on one final mission before he settles down with his loved ones, and the cold-hearted Eastern European bent on revenge never seem to go out of fashion.
But ultimately when you go to watch one of these films you know what to expect. The special effects were jaw-dropping, the action scenes were spectacular, the ending was as happy as you could really ask for. We all left the cinema satisfied, and looking forward to the next Marvel films.
One last point on that note. If you go to watch a Marvel film, why would you leave before the end of the credits? I’m always amazed by people walking out as soon as the credits roll. Doesn’t everyone know by now that you get a sneak peek at what’s coming next?
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a crowd-pleasing, action-packed film which you will love if you enjoy the current batch of superhero films – 7/10