I don’t know why, but I’ve been looking forward to this Avengers: Infinity War. From the trailers and all the stuff in the after-credits scenes, it felt like all Marvel movies were leading up to this. Now, having seen the film, I can say this is absolutely true. The Infinity War really is the climax of all of them, where everything is brought together for a truly impressive showdown. It’s even more apocalyptic (and longer) than Captain America: Civil War, and that is saying something. Fair warning, though, I am sick unto death with Superhero movies but I will try to make this review better than some of my previous ones of movies in this genre.
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War’s greatest strength is the crossing of their movies. I loved watching characters from different movies interact with each other. Curious as to whose ego is bigger, Tony Stark or Dr. Strange? You get to find out. I laughed every time Thor spoke to Rocket. Or Starlord, actually – Thor was pretty funny in this movie. And as always, I loved Groot, even as a teenager he was pretty funny. The problem with this was that unless you’ve seen every previous Marvel movie to date, you probably won’t really understand half the jokes. I think Marvel is right not to worry on that point, EVERYONE has seen them, but in theory, a movie should stand on its own, even if it’s part of a franchise.
I liked the writing. How they were able to fit so many characters into one cohesive plot and have it ONLY two and a half hours is beyond me. Although it still was the plot of a Superhero movie, so it really amounts to Good Guys use Powers to stop Villain From Achieving Nefarious plot, but I’ll forgive that this once because it’s nice that the writing still able to surprise us and there were some magnificent one liners. Thanos was a villain this time, and he was pretty badass. He was able to articulate what he wanted any why he wanted it; I do like an articulate villain. It might not have been the strongest rationale but it wasn’t the weakest I’ve heard either. And who’s going to argue? He proved an excellent match for the collective power of all the Marvel Superheroes and wasn’t stopping to listen to them.
Of course, visually Avengers: Infinity War was gorgeous to look at. Lots of pretty sets and great special effects. They had all the locations from all the previous movies and even some new ones, including one that had Peter Dinklage in my favorite role of his to date. There was very quick fan service (thank you Mark Ruffalo) but I wasn’t satisfied. They had the Holy Trinity of Chris’s (Evans, Hemsworth and Pratt), not to mention all the lads from Black Panther – we could have seen more muscle than that. I guess we had Dave Bautista who never had a shirt, so I’ll stop complaining.
So is Avengers: Infinity War worth watching? Yes it is. It’s almost three hours long, so it’s a good way to spend an afternoon. I had heard a rumor that this was the last really big movie Marvel would be doing, so before I even saw this, I promised myself that this would be the last superhero movie for a long time. It’s better for everyone – I don’t have to and you don’t have to read me complaining about them. Well I, for one, am satisfied with how this ended up and will be happy watching other genres. Maybe I’ll start watching again on the Reboot. Aren’t we about due for another Spiderman?