Finally had time to read this. Really well-written. Recommended!
I don't know, he kind of pushes it a bit too far. But there is one flaw of the film that I agree completely on and it's a major one:
Character arcs are crowded out, or so compressed that they’re barely legible. For example: One arc that’s pitched, and then never executed, is that Tony Stark is coming face to face with his own narcissism. Ultron is his karma, his shadow self, his punishment for believing he’s smart enough to save the world single-handedly. That’s interesting. That’s a solid character-based story. It does what good stories do: Zones in on a character’s biggest flaw, and dramatizes it, so that he can come to a profound realization about himself and his place in the world, and triumph by using what he’s learned.
I find it surprising that Ultron doesn't have much of a purpose, other than being an antagonist. I do get that he's conciousness and malevolence partially come from the mind stone (and perhaps Thanos has some say in this). But, on the whole, the entire central confilct is unresolved. Not to mention the fact Avengers are directly responsible for all the destruction here and nobody holds Stark accountable for any of this (like, destruction of Sokovia, for example). That that is a flaw I can completely agree with.
Other than that, it's enjoyable. I really see no reason to over-analyse this.
This time in the film itself. The film itself did not make me like the music more. However, if you excise two prominent ideas (a boring I-bVI thing and a boring i-V thing), it's a nice colorful score. The most redeeming parts are the neat electronics/non-acoustic instruments and one theme that earnestly channels some sort of weird Mancini/50s sci-fi vibe. It's a bit like what the John Carter theme wanted to be. And also proof that simple, two-chord harmonies are totally fine as long as you put something interesting over it.