Avengers: Age of Ultron hits the big screen this weekend and it’s one that has been highly anticipated. The return of favorites like Iron Man, Captain American, The Hulk, and more has had my kids anxiously counting down the days until it’s release. I had the chance to go to a pre-release screening earlier this week and took an ultimate Avengers critic with my – my 9 year old son.
The new Avengers movie has been one that my whole family has been looking forward to. The first Avengers movie remains the only movie my boys have ever seen in the theatre more than once (I think my oldest holds the record with seeing it 3 times). It was filled with their favorite characters and it’s one that has been watched over and over again since it was first released. So when my boys found out a second movie was being added to the mix, they were thrilled.
We flipped a coin earlier this week to see which of my boys would get to go with me to the premiere. There were tears all around, except for my 9 year old won the coin toss — there may have been a fist bump involved there.
Avengers: Age of Ultron did not disappoint. There’s so much going on in this movie. I have 3 boys so I feel like I’m fairly up to date on my super hero knowledge but I had to lean over and poke my son a few times and ask him to explain a few of the tie-ins for me. I loved how well they tied everything together and it was really interesting to make the connections.
There were some really interesting concepts involved in the plot. No one was 100% bad or 100% good — isn’t that how real life is? The main bad buy was actually a really funny dude — slightly misguided but very interesting to watch. Each of the characters we have come to know and love revealed a bit of their dark sides, which made it all that more cheer worthy when they overcame those to become real heroes in the end.
There’s a lot more depth to the characters in this one. I loved seeing a different side to several of the characters and now I want to go back and re-watch a few movies to see if it changes my perspective at all.
Is the Avengers Okay for Kids?
So I’m on the more lenient side when it comes to what I let my older boys watch, at least as far as super hero movies go. There was some slight language in the beginning and scattered throughout the movie. The characters are actually called out on their language which is funny but it’s something that I actually appreciated since I as seeing the movie with a kid.
There is violence but it’s not gory. I draw the line at gore. Most of the violence is general action scenes — stuff breaking, people jumping around. The bulk of the fighting is more violence against robots, and even my more sensitive kid would do okay with the content.
The son who watched the movie with me still can’t talking about all the awesome action scenes and it’s killing him to not share a few key spoilers with his brothers.
There’s always a good vs. evil thing going on in super hero movies but this one really zoomed in on the issue. It brought out the complexity of the whole good vs. evil thing — who is truly good? Is anyone completely bad? Thor’s hammer plays a key role in a few scenes and had my son rolling with laughter a few times.
The movie was really well done and it’s one that’s well-worth seeing on the big screen. If you have plans to head to the theatre this weekend, definitely put it on your list. My other boys are dying to go so I’m sure we’ll be back at the theatre sometime soon so my other son can break his silence and they can all revel in super hero awesomeness together.
Are you planning on seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend?