Avengers: Age of James Spader

spadertronKevin and I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron on Sunday. It was great, but I had a couple minor issues — one with the movie, one with the seating. First, the seating. We usually always go to a new movie after it’s been out a week or two, so there’s no crowd and the seating is much better. This is what we did in this case. The movie has been out a couple weeks now, so we figured we were go to go. Wrong. I guess it says something about the popularity of Marvel movies, but it was still a nearly packed theater! We like to slip a seat and put our shared tub of popcorn between us, and I like to use both left and right cup holders (one for my phone, one for my drink) and put my sweater or coat in the other seat next to me. Well, I lost my sweater seat and extra cup holder to someone needing a seat at the last minute. Luckily we were able to keep our popcorn seat, so it could have been worse I guess.  As it was I had to hold my left arm to keep it from crowding the person sitting next to me, and had to force my left leg to stay in my seat area, which caused a bit of discomfort by the middle of the movie and through the end of it. But enough about the seating.

The movie was awesome and I only found one thing I didn’t like. The casting of James Spader as Ultron. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of James Spader–and that’s the root for the issue. Spader’s voice is all that’s used in the movie, you don’t actually see him, but his voice is so distinct and recognizable it pulled me out of the movie fantasy. I found my self thinking less “this is a huge, intelligent robot with a computerized voice” and more “hey, I know that voice from Boston Legal, The Practice, and what else was it…ummm…yeah, that new series I haven’t watched at all yet…what was the name of it… umm… ah yes, The Blacklist!” I just couldn’t think of him as a robot. But maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, excellent movie, awesome non-stop action, good humor mixed in perfectly, and the inevitable Stan Lee cameo always comes through as great, and funny, every time. Go see it. Or, better yet, wait for the Blu-Ray and watch it in the comfort of your own home, in HD, where you have room for your drink, popcorn, and perfect leg room! I guess the still-packed theater after being out a couple weeks is just another indication of how good the movie is though.  That very rarely happens to us when going to see a movie in Kenosha.