Are these unchanging Hollywood pairings losing their freshness?

Are these unchanging Hollywood pairings losing their freshness?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (left) as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver

Is it just us, or has Hollywood been dishing out a serious case of deja vu?

You would think that out of the myriad of actors available, you'd get a variety of combinations on the big screen.

So why are we seeing the same pairings again and again - and we're not even talking about sequels here.

While familiarity between co-stars can be advantageous and makes the director's work that much easier, when will such partnerships lose their freshness?

For instance, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunite as siblings in Avengers: Age Of Ultron after playing husband and wife in last year's Godzilla.

We look at cinema's other hook-ups and check out if their chemistry justifies their repeat couplings.

AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON & ELIZABETH OLSEN

In the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers: Age Of Ultron, now showing in cinemas, she's Wanda "Scarlet Witch" Maximoff and he's her twin brother Pietro aka Quicksilver.

The 26-year-old US actress and 24-year-old Brit actor were last seen playing a married couple in 2014's Godzilla.

They were offered their Avengers roles after they finished shooting the Gareth Edwards-directed monster flick, and reportedly sounded each other out before saying yes to Whedon.

Olsen told Bang Showbiz: "It was awesome working with (Aaron) a second time. I love him and his wife (director Sam Taylor-Johnson), and spent lots of time with them when we were shooting in London."

Taylor-Johnson told Reuters that it "helped a lot to have a partner in crime" as it was "overwhelming and daunting stepping onto that set" as newcomers to the superhero franchise.

The pair clearly have great chemistry off-screen, as evidenced by the various video interviews they did together for Age Of Ultron and during the Godzilla publicity tour last year.

LOW-POWERED COUPLE?

Sadly, they don't quite sizzle on the big screen both times.

For Godzilla, one can blame the script for keeping them physically apart - they were only together at the beginning and end of the movie - and the epic titular monster for stealing their thunder.

Olsen and Taylor-Johnson are inseparable in Age Of Ultron, and Whedon's script not only plays up the action but also offers much characterisation.

On their own, they are great. Together, now that's a different story.

Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver may be important players who bring the superheroes down, yet their performances feel perfunctory.

Sparks just don't fly between them.

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