Do you realize how hard it is to avoid any spoilers for the biggest blockbuster of the year, let alone the decade? After ten years of backstory, the Marvel-verse collided and created what is deemed the most ambitious crossover event in history, Avengers Infinity War. Being the Marvel fan that I am, I was dying to see this movie from its opening day. Purging myself of all social media and exiling myself from society, I waited five grueling days to see it and now I have a lot to say about the latest Avengers. Pour yourself a drink and break out the snacks because this is going to be a long, rambling, spoiler filled review.
Thanos has made quite the name for himself as the universe’s cruelest villain and yet he still isn’t satisfied. As our favorite heroes have gallivanted the universe saving the infinity stones from nefarious schemes, Thanos has been tracking them down for a plan of his own. Now that he’s decided to make his move, Avengers and Guardians alike will need to team up for the sake of half of the universe.
If you didn’t notice in my opening paragraph, I did mention that this review will contain spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t ruin it for yourself now. Go see it and then come back and let me know what you thought of it. Alright, back to the review.
Infinity War starts off with a bang and just doesn’t stop. With nothing but back-to-back plot points, it really doesn’t give viewers the chance to digest what’s happening, let alone react to it. Normally, I’m all for relevant dialogue and action but I think the strictly-business writing of the screenplay really did a disservice to the overall story.
I attribute this to poor planning, not poor screenwriting. With ten years of back story and new characters being thrown in left and right, this movie simply had too much to fit in, as obviously shown by the length of the film and the chaotic poster. Cramming that much story into two hours and forty minutes resulted in limited character interactions and awkward introductions. I really felt like the only time the movie allowed for quality intermingling was during scenes with the Guardians.
Considering the ending of the film was planned far before its story was written, I just don’t think the plot holes are easy to overlook. With 14 million possible outcomes, how is it that destroying the time stone didn’t come up? How is it that Doctor Strange didn’t observe the outcomes before arriving to Titan? These huge holes have left me thinking that the inevitable ending was more important than the details to the creators of the movie. That mentality leaves a trail of gaping holes that will dominate the conversation for the film among fans.
That being said, this movie is really just a blast to watch. Any Marvel fan who sees Infinity War is going to have a great time watching it. We see all of our favorite characters on the big screen again. While I think character bonding should have been a larger part of this movie, what was included was great. Not everyone made logical decisions for their characters but I really can’t say that even negates how awesome and massive this movie is.
I think massive is the best way to sum up this movie. Even in other Marvel films, we’ve never seen quite this much world building this quickly. This Avengers really gives us a scope for the amount of possibilities available for future films. There are several story arcs that need resolving and now we aren’t solely limited to Earth for it. This movie also opens up the doors for future crossovers between the Guardians that aren’t just limited to the Avengers titles.
Now I know you’re wondering why I’m so optimistic about future movies and crossovers when a majority of our favorite heroes are gone. Well, I honestly don’t see this as the end. If it is, boy this is going to suck. But for now, I’m certain that by the newest Avengers in 2019, we’ll get some clarity and hopefully our heroes back.
Speaking of heroes, I absolutely loved seeing Robert Downy Jr. as Iron Man back on the screen and not as the villain that Civil War attempted (and failed) to make him out to be. Yet again he nails the role of everyone’s favorite rich, superhero jerk. I really got a kick out of seeing him and Tom Holland as Spider-Man. I think their relationship dynamic is interesting and I’m excited to see how it progresses in the future after this predicament gets sorted out.
As expected, I loved seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy since they are my favorite super morons. Chris Pratt still kills the role of Peter Quill as he shows even more that he can balance some emotionally heavy scenes with his hilarious charm. Bradley Cooper’s voice is always a delight to hear as Rocket, especially when giving Thor a hard time while fathering a teenage Groot. Speaking of which, this most recent stage for Groot was great to watch and I’m hopeful that we can see some more of the pubescent plant before he fully matures.
Now two characters that did have some unique character progression were Thor and Hulk. I am biased since I am still obsessed with Ragnarok but let’s face it, these two are a golden duo. Mark Ruffalo is back as Bruce Banner who’s having some performance issues. I’m loving seeing Ruffalo back as Bruce but I’m also enjoying seeing him try to communicate with the Hulk. He’s really doing well at showing that they’re two completely different parts of the same person. Hemsworth is back and this time with an ax. My biggest concern for Thor after Ragnarok was the hammer so I’m glad to see they’re setting him up for his next appearance and film.
There were two characters that I think were written out in quite a strange way. Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki with his newfound conscience in full swing. While his death was early on, I wish he had stuck around in the film. I think seeing Loki, the ultimate trickster, try to play nice would have been a great layer of intrigue to add to the story. That being said, I don’t think Loki is really dead and if he is then I’ll be both shocked and devastated. He has far too much potential to be killed in an underwhelming way (I mean, he’s survived the Hulk for Pete’s sake).
Then there’s Zoe Saldana as Gamora, daughter of Thanos. As usual, I think Saldana is perfect for the role of the universe’s fiercest woman with daddy issues. I really loved seeing her new relationship with her sister take flight as Gamora becomes more vocal about her emotions. While I loved her presence in the film, I hated her death. I think the situation was far too convenient to seem remotely realistic. I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to her character to be killed in this movie, but I realize this movie wasn’t exactly fair in the death department. While her fate truly does seem sealed, my fingers are crossed for some sort of ridiculous miracle for her.
We can’t discuss the many characters in this movie without talking about Josh Brolin’s Thanos. I think Brolin did a great job as the tyrant titan. I think he exuded cruel confidence and emotional depth that wouldn’t seem possible for a character like his. I am looking more forward to seeing him in the newest Deadpool movie but I think he makes a great Thanos. That being said, I do wish he had been written to seem a bit more unstable. A man who feels fulfilled by wiping out half the population at the cost of his daughter clearly isn’t sane. Yet, he was written as an extremely logical character. I think there are great ways to balance crazy with cunning and I wish we could have seen that take place.
Aiding the background worldbuilding, the CGI for this movie has somehow exceeded any of their other previous visual masterpieces. There were a few scenes with some awkward effects, like the introduction of Tony’s new suit and technology, but the general level of near-perfection only enhances their incredible new Marvel-verse.
I was also extremely impressed by how the filmmakers were able to combine all of the styling of each character’s solo movie. Character-specific details were carried throughout the entire movie so when you saw Thor on the Guardians’ ship, you felt like you were watching a Guardians movie. On the other hand, when you were watching Thor, Rocket, and Groot walking into the forge for the first time, you felt like you were watching a Thor movie. The extreme detailing that went into transitioning helped break the monotony that was in Ultron and Civil War while giving each character the chance to stand out in ways they’ve already proven they can.
Technically speaking, there’s only one complaint I have: the music. I know, it may seem like a small trivial complaint but music can really make or break a movie. Marvel has been rocking their scores lately so I wasn’t even considering it when I went into Infinity War. However, the music was so loud and overdramatic, it felt like it was trying to force an emotion on me rather than guiding me to that emotion. Now, I don’t think the music broke this movie, it just added a little too much power to an already overwhelming film.
Yes, I still have some major issues with the way the Avengers movies have become that were only reassured by this movie. I think there is a big conversation to be had about how overpowered these characters are and how that affects the stakes and urgencies of future films. I’m honestly still pretty pissed that this movie didn’t clear up the infuriating and nonsensical Captain America v Iron Man rift in the Avengers. Despite all of the issues that I have with the Avengers series after the original, I think this movie is far superior to Age of Ultron and will ultimately lead this series in a better direction.
What are your thoughts on Infinity War? How do you feel about the use of the time stone and the rumors that time travel will be the solution to this cliffhanger? Do you think it was too busy or did you love the non-stop action? As always, I’d love to check out any recommendations you may have for me. See you soon!
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