PopCorn UNHINGED- Movie Review with
Comic Book Artist
Jess Hurley

*Entertainment... our favorite pastime and one enjoyed globally. Whether it is music, ballet, art, sports, performances, or movie time we cherish our entertainment.  Recently, I caught comic book artist and owner of Cat Wants In, movie reviews blog called, "Popcorn Unhinged."  

I asked Jess if he would be interested in giving us movie updates and reviews from time to time, he agreed. 

So, get your favorite box of candy, your buttered popcorn and lets go to the movies!- Song River 

Jess Hurley is the owner of “Cat Wants In” a comic book creation team responsible for “Angelwolf” and “Dark 30”. Jess also runs the blogs “Popcorn Unhinged” which focuses on movie reviews and end of the year entertainment TOP 10 lists and “It Came Out Of The Ice” which covers mostly the Phoenix Coyotes. I am also currently working with JPools Gnerd Corner doing Podcast movie reviews for a show called “Netflix Gems”. Jess grew up in Phoenix, AZ and has a background in IT, counseling, poetry and graphic design.  

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01/05/2015- Jess Hurley

My son and I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, on opening night at our local cinema. There is a ton to say on this thing, but I am going to keep it as short as possible. First thing to know is that if you don't quite understand what the heck is happening in the opening scene, that would probably be because you ignored all my begging to watching AGENTS OF SHIELD in the first place. In fact you will feel a lot better about the first 15 minutes of this movie if you watch at least the last 5 or 6 episodes of AGENTS OF SHIELD. After that, this movie pretty much stands on its own.
The Weaknesses: Most likely due to the fact that no one really knows who is running SHIELD in the MCU or on TV, their visibility in this movie just feels very much like a wonky afterthought. In fact they are probably being run by the freaking League Of Assassins from the DC Universe for all we know.  The writing at times feels like it was completely geared towards 4 characters and the rest were given "generated" lines from some internet site that fit, but don't feel quite as genuine. 

Plot wise we get the feeling that there may be another hour of explaining thing, but was cut out. Overall, you can follow along, as long as your mind has already been trained to quickly fill in the gaps.

The Triumphs: The characters that are given the most to say I fell in love with all over again. I also really, really liked both Elizabeth Olson (Scarlet Witch) and James Spader (Ultron) characters. There is something magically sinister about Ultron that makes you almost enjoy his fearless arrogance and want to see him again, but also want to see him lose at the same time. 

All the things we like about the Avengers are pretty close on target here... with a few exceptions. Black Widow gets some really nice depth and Hawkeye has a much bigger presence as well. Action wise, I am not sure they could have crammed any more into this thing, it felt like it was 4 or 5 other movies put together. Plot wise it does feel a little off, as it was trying too much to balance backgrounds and philosophy and set ups for movies down the road. With Ultrons nutty freaking method of trying to destroy the world, perhaps it was necessary. 

None of the weaknesses however make this a movie not to run and see as fast as you can.

I didn't feel as emotionally moved after this one as I did after the first AVENGERS movie, but it was a thrill ride none the less with some really strong moments. Comic book fans that haven't accepted the division between MCU and the comics might be upset with some of the origin stuff in this, but they really need to get over it. Should this movie make 2 billion dollars…heck yes, I am going to see it again tomorrow