Movie Review

Avengers: Infinity War Review

Ladies and gentlemen. It’s finally here. 10 years. 18 films. It’s all been building up to this. People say that this is the most ambitious crossover in film history and it really is. For an entire decade, Marvel Studios have dedicated their time into weaving these interconnected stories that will eventually build up to this massive event. I can’t believe we’re at this point where a studio like this has reached this far with a franchise without fail. We the fans have waited so long and this is Marvel’s reward for our patience. So what did we get? Well, let’s not wait any longer. This is Avengers: Infinity War.

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THE STORY

The universe is at peril when the Mad Titan himself Thanos is on a mission to collect the six Infinity Stones in order to wipe out half the universe. It’s up to the Avengers and the Guardians Of The Galaxy to stop him, but can they succeed or is it all too late? This isn’t just a movie, this is an event. It takes elements from the Infinity Gauntlet comic, but it’s not a complete adaptation. Certain characters that are in the comic aren’t in the movie because they either weren’t established or Marvel doesn’t have the rights to them. Anyways, even if the story is basic as fuck, it makes up for it with the sheer scale of it and being the result of years of build-up. We know one Infinity Stone is powerful by itself and they have different powers; Power, Space, Reality, Soul, Time, and Mind. So what happens if you have multiple Stones together?

THE CHARACTERS

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Nearly every character from the previous MCU films are in this movie. There’s not one bad apple among this bunch, everyone did great for what they were given. Of course, with a cast this huge, some characters were given more screen time than others. The MVPs of this movie for me are Thor, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man. Thor used to be my least favorite Avenger, but thanks to this and Thor: Ragnarok, he’s now my all-time favorite Avenger in the MCU. This dude has been through a lot and to see him get up and rise to the occasion. He gets a new weapon, the Stormbreaker, thanks to Peter Dinklage’s character and he makes one of the best superhero entrances ever. Thor is officially the strongest Avenger there is. Sorry, Hulk. Speaking of, you only see Hulk in the beginning when he fights Thanos and gets his ass kicked. Form that point on, he was shook. Every attempt Bruce Banner has made to bring Hulk out has resulted in Hulk saying “NO!!” like a scared child. Because of this, Banner operates a Hulkbuster armor when the big battle happens. Tony Stark has a new Iron Man suit made of nanotech and it’s really badass. He feels this obligation to save the world, which is made clearer when warned about Thanos. Doctor Strange’s awesomeness went up times 100 in this movie as he’s one of the main leaders of the resistance against Thanos. Plus, him butting heads with Tony make for a great ego contest. Pretty much every character has their badass moment: Captain America with a beard and without his shield, Black Panther and the forces of Wakanda helping the Avengers defend Vision, Spider-Man donning the Iron Spider suit while assisting Tony and Strange, Scarlet Witch getting an upgrade and her relationship with Vision, and it’s always a delight to see the Guardians. Their interactions with Thor contain some of the most hilarious parts of the film. Out of all the Guardians, Gamora gets a surprising amount of development, building off what we know about her relationship with her adopted father, Thanos. They have this dysfunctional relationship where he thinks he’s doing the best for both of them and she disapproves of everything he does.

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And now for Thanos himself, played by Josh Brolin. Ever since the first Avengers, he’s been built up to the ultimate big bad that our heroes will face and boy, did he not disappoint. Even though he is a motion capture character, he looks and feels real. He’s straight-up menacing and is so powerful that even the Hulk is scared of him. Every moment he’s on screen, you’re on the edge of your seat. What makes him such a force isn’t just the immense power he posses, but it’s also the fact that he’s not the typical mustache-twirling villain. This is a guy who sees that all the resources of the universe are finite and populations keep growing, so he came to the conclusion that half of the universe needs to be wiped out in order to save it. For him, this is something that has to be done and only he can do it via the Infinity Stones. It’s almost like Killmonger where you understand where he’s coming from, but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s a genocidal maniac. The Black Order (Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian) aren’t exactly fleshed out characters and they all get killed off, but they service the role of brutes really well. I enjoy Ebony Maw the most because of how much he’s hamming it up.

EVERYTHING ELSE

The Russo brothers are the best thing to happen with Marvel because they set the bar high every single time. The cinematography is on another level and the action is just awesome. Every fight scene was lit. The best was in the climax where there’s two battles going on at the same time: Strange, Tony, Peter Parker, Peter Quill, Drax, Mantis, and Nebula taking on Thanos on Titan and the battle on Wakanda. Holy shit. This might be the best climax of any superhero movie. Also, hout out to the CG artists because they did a fantastic job on the CGI in this movie. It’s estimated that Infinity War costed more than $300 million to make and not one penny went to waste unlike certain films with the same budget.

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This might be one of the darkest films that Marvel Studios has ever put out. It still has the Marvel humor that we expect from these films and the Russos has done an excellent job at balancing the tones, but the dark moments? Man. The movie starts right off where Thor: Ragnarok ended and pretty much half the Asgardians are dead. Speaking of, like with most event comics, this movie has a body count. Fans wanted the movies to have higher stakes and they got it. Be careful what you wish for. So who gets axed off? Well, at the beginning, Heimdall gets killed after teleporting Hulk to Earth. Loki attempts to take out Thanos and is strangled to death by the Mad Titan himself. Next is The Collector, the flamboyant guy from the first Guardians movie who exposited about the Infinity Stones. He gets murked when Thanos came for the Reality Stone. Then, Thanos travels to a planet where the Soul Stone is at (plus, a special appearance from Red Skull) and the only way to obtain the Soul Stone is to sacrifice a loved one. Seeing that he cares about Gamora, Thanos throws her off a cliff to her death and obtains the Stone. Then, during the climax in Wakanda, he rips the final Stone, the Mind Stone, from Vision’s forehead. Now Thanos has all the Infinity Stones and right when Thor severely injures him, Thanos does the unthinkable.

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With the snap of his finger, half of all sentient life in the universe turns into dust. Additional bodies added to the pile include Bucky, T’Challa (which pissed me off), Groot, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Mantis, Drax, Star Lord, Doctor Strange, and finally, Spider-Man. The remaining heroes are left in shock as Thanos teleports to another planet and rests. Cue credits. Dude. The screening that I attended, the whole theater was silent ever since the snap. It was that shocking to see the villain win and coming at the cost of half the heroes. Leaving the theater, you’d thought people had attended a funeral I remember little kids were crying when Spider-Man died and they lingered on to that scene longer. Tom Holland’s acting during that scene was perfect. He realized that he was at the end and the last thing he says is “I’m sorry” to Tony. Poor Tony, though. This dude has been through a lot these past 10 years. His attempts at keeping the world safe end up backfiring. You just want to hug him and tell him, “it’s gonna be okay.” I know it’s been a week since the movie is out by the time this review is posted, but the fact that people are still talking about this ending tells you about the impact it made and that’s gonna be one of those movie moments that’s gonna stick with people for many generations.

I give Avengers: Infinity War a 10/10. Best Avengers movie ever. All of the years of waiting was worth it. Top level cinematography, great acting, thrilling action, and a threat that brings a sense of peril and higher stakes to the world. It jumps around a lot and some characters don’t get enough screen time or development, but they don’t ruin the experience. It’s pretty much an event comic in film form. The ending is an emotional punch to the gut, yet I would still watch it again. This is the Empire Strikes Back of this generation. You see, Warner Bros? This is what happens when you take ten years to build a universe with characters that we’ve grown to care about and then bring them together for this huge, high-concept story. It all pays off in the end. Hats off to Kevin Feige, the Russos, and Marvel Studios for this film. And the story isn’t even over yet. It’ll conclude next year in Avengers 4. Here’s my theory on what will happen in that movie based off the information and set photos we have so far: the OG Avengers will assemble along with Ant-Man, Wasp, Rhodey, Rocket, Nebula, and Captain Marvel (who was teased in the post-credits scene) and they try to formulate a plan to undo the damage done by Thanos, this will involve time travel and they’ll make an effort to prevent the whole thing from happening in the first place, Thanos is defeated in the end, either Iron Man or Captain America sacrifice themselves (my money’s on Cap), the people who turned into dust are revived (they have to be because some of them have sequels in development), and I wouldn’t be surprised if these characters have some form of PTSD going forward. I could be completely wrong, but I’m just guessing. Where Marvel goes from there, who knows? I would end this post with a “peace,” but I thought a more appropriate closer would be useful.

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