Wow. Just wow.
I took the chance to see Avengers: Infinity War last night (Apr. 28, 2018), not really knowing what to expect. I heard the ending was crazy (which it was); when I viewed Avengers: Age of Ultron nearly three years ago I remember walking out of the theatre a bit disappointed, and over the years, I’ve learned that having so many great characters and/or actors in one film can be hit or miss. Last night I left the movie theatre with my mind blown…in a good way.
Just a quick synopsis: Thanos—the purple bad guy that the MCU’s been teasing us with for the past six years—finally does something and decides to rule the universe with the help of the Infinity Gauntlet and all six of the Infinity Stones. It’s up to The Avengers to stop him, but to the chagrin of humanity, they’re scattered across the universe and not exactly on speaking terms (Tony and Steve). Thankfully, they gain a little help from their friends: The Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange (yes, those Beatles puns were intentional). The stakes have never been higher.
I know what you’re thinking: “We already know that much about the movie from the trailers and TV commercials!” Well, that’s all I’m able to tell you without spoiling the film. I’ll just speak on the other factors of Infinity War I enjoyed without getting deep into the plot. First of all, this is one of the darkest movies in the MCU, and I liked that they decided to take The Avengers series to the next level the way they did. Once again, I can’t speak too much on the subject without revealing major plot points, but trust me…the darker tone is well worth the price of admission.
All the actors did a great job, and the film was very well written as well as brilliantly handled. I never got the feeling of there being too many cooks (The Expendables), or that the characters were all fighting for screen time (Age of Ultron). Without broadcasting too much of the storyline, the characters were basically grouped off in different areas for the duration of the movie. Steve, Bucky, T’Challa and the rest of Team Cap from Captain America: Civil War (including Bruce, Vision, and Rhodey this go around) were mostly in Wakanda. Thor, Rocket, and Groot took a trip to Nidavellir. The remaining Guardians travel to Knowhere and later meet up with Doctor Strange, Tony and Spider-Man in Titan. It never felt as if one character had too much focus or not enough. Each player had equal time in the spotlight. One thing I really like about the Russo Brothers is that they know how to handle an ensemble cast, as they more than proved when they took the helm of Civil War back in 2016.
I have to echo many movie reviewers’ take on Thanos; I like the fact that he’s a fleshed out villain—much like Loki and Erik Killmonger—and he’s more than just an evildoer wrecking havoc for the sake of evil. It’s revealed that he actually has a heart and feels genuine love…or at least his version of it. Thanos is also a formidable opponent—as we all figured—but he turns out to commit deeds that are even worse than what we imagined, for a purpose we never would have thought possible. The Avengers definitely have their work cut out for them.
What I really loved about Infinity War was how the movie portrayed my baby Thor. When it comes to the Avengers movies, sometimes it feels that my sweetie is a bit underutilized, at least in my opinion. Even though the first Avengers film still stands firm as my favorite out of the MCU, Thor didn’t really have a chance to shine, which in some respects is understandable, since he had to share the screen with his other teammates. However, in Infinity War, Thor doesn’t hold back a damn thing, and he comes for Thanos with a vengeance, showing that he truly is mighty. Thor is so badass in this film, that there’s a key scene where he appears in all his glory, and I kid you not, everyone in the theatre applauded. I love that man.
Now onto the things I didn’t care for, which are small and minuscule. Wanda’s (Scarlett Witch) accent kept changing from American to slightly Northern European. She had a thick Russian-esque accent in Age of Ultron and Civil War. Pick one, boo. Another small thing is that sometimes the transition from scene to scene would be a bit jarring, especially if it would say, switch from Earth to a completely atypical planet, but once again, that wasn’t really a biggie. As I said before, the scenes clashed just a tiny bit, but the difference wasn’t completely overwhelming. Oh yeah, and I didn’t like Black Widow with blonde hair. Just sayin’. Still ain’t feelin’ Thor’s haircut, but I’m over it. Other than that, the movie was excellent.
In conclusion, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War, get off your badonkadonk and go see it. It’s worth the price of admission. Don’t be cheap. 😛😛
—Written by Nadiya
Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War? What did you think about it? Was it the best film in the MCU, the worst, or did you like it, but not much as some of the other movies in the Marvel Universe? Who was your favorite character? Who was your least favorite character? Did you think Thanos made a great villain or was he just…meh? Let me know in the comments section!