Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Movie Reviews: “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ex Machina” and “Far from the Madding Crowd”

   Avengers: Age of Ultron
   Rated PG-13

Yay-the summer movie season is here!  Avengers: Age of Ultron is a typical summer blockbuster.  With big name actors, huge special effects, a love story subplot, just the right amount of humor and an over-the-top story, this movie is an A-ticket ride!  Though the plot can be a bit confusing, the story unfolds so the viewer can eventually figure everything out.

If you like any of the Marvel action movies, seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening!

   Rated R

Caleb Smith is thrilled when he wins a chance to spend a week with his brilliant, reclusive company CEO, Nathan Bateman.  Little does he know he was specifically selected to test Bateman’s latest artificial intelligence project, a “woman” named Ava. 

Though it’s a little scary to see what might be in our future, Ex-Machina is fascinating!  With three morally ambiguous characters and a completely unpredictable plot, Ex-Machina will keep you on the edge of your seat, not quite knowing which character to root for.

   Far from the Madding Crowd
   Rated PG-13

Beautiful, charming Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has three very different suitors: kind sheep farmer Gabriel Oak; charming Army Sergeant Frank Troy and wealthy, but socially awkward land owner William Boldwood.  Fearing a loss of her independence, Bathsheba is hesitant to marry at all.  Will she find the happiness she deserves?

Based on the Thomas Hardy novel, Far from the Madding Crowd has an interesting, unpredictable plot, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate acting (I’ll come right out and say that Carey Mulligan is one of my favorite actresses; she has such an expressive face that I feel her joy and pain).   The film also educates the viewer on 19th century British class norms and women’s rights in an engaging manner.  I was surprised by how much I liked Far from the Madding Crowd.

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