Avengers Infinity War review (NO SPOILERS)
We've spent ten years with Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether you think it's a groundbreaking character driven story or a corporate cash cow, the MCU has managed to not only adapt the famous comics of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (yes, I know there were a lot more people involved, so let's say all of those creative artists and writers of Marvel), but has managed to change how super heroes are seen on the big screen. They can have grey lines, they can be anti heroes, they can have moments where they don't even trust the government. I've personally love the MCU movies and will keep coming back to them to see where our heroes end up next.
Ever since The Avengers, the MCU has been teasing the upcoming villain Thanos. He had spent a good chunk of these movies on a throne, hoping that one of his minions can acquire certain stones, such as the power stone in Guardians of the Galaxyand the reality stone in Thor: The Dark World. Time has finally come for the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to team up in the major crossover event movie that is Avengers Infinity War.
What I won't do is list all the actors, but I'll give a brief look at the story without going into spoilers, as much of the film's enjoyment is what you don't know.
We open on Thor's ship where Thanos and his children has caught up with them and have acquired a couple of the stones. Thanos understands that if he can collect the rest of the stones for the gauntlet, he'll have the power to control the universe, time, and the fate of every living creature within his grasp. A last ditch effort sends Hulk/Bruce Banner back to Earth where he meets up with Dr. Strange, Iron Man/Tony Stark and Spider-Man/Peter Parker.
Meanwhile, Thor manages to get a distress call out where the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Groot, and Mantis, respond. Their fully aware of the danger that Thanos possesses and agree to help. Back on Earth, Vision and Scarlet Witch are attacked by Thanos' children, but saved by Captain America/Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Falcon/Sam Wilson who all sense the danger. They make it to Wakanda to meet up with T'Challa/Black Panther. Together, all of these heroes end up in different areas as they try to stop Thanos from getting the rest of the Infinity Stones.
While Avengers Infinity Warhas a lot to live up to, I decided to not keep my expectations too high as I know that this is a tough movie to pull off. The good news is that I was very happy with what I got. You get your favorite superheroes and a lot of action that's warranted from the film's villain and his scary desire. I'll start off with. Josh Brolin finally gets to shine as one of the most complex villains of the MCU (which has not had a good track record of villains).
The heroes face a villain who is genuinely scary, thanks to several scenes of them fighting which I won't spoil and a lot of his view of the universe, which I also won't spoil. He is beyond powerful, smart, and does have a moral compass; just not a traditional one. We get more time with him and his relationship with Gamora and just what his children mean to him compared to the bigger picture. The other villains too, prove to be powerful, even if their not as memorable. It's made up with their overall impression of worship and how a lot of that driven emotion can generate into persuasion.
For a movie with a lot of characters, Avengers Infinity Warhas a lot of work juggling them. I'd say that one of the bigger flaws is that the editing around that is not done well. It'll spend a good twenty five minutes in space with dazzling effects, but then suddenly cut back to Earth in Africa. While we definitely see the consequences for the heroes, it doesn't give us enough at how the rest of the world would deal with such a threat. Why couldn't have more of the marvel heroes from ABC and Netflix also get involved? I can't blame them for this, but the movie might have benefitted from being longer, making the editing of the longer sequences feel justified.
I'll give this four and a half Infinity Gauntlets out of five. I think most Marvel fans will be happy with the movie and the surprises it throws (yep, there are a lot of them here). If your not as well read and haven't seen the other movies, I'd recommend watching the other Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxyand Doctor Strangefirst. Again, I was happy with everything, given that I wasn't asking for too much. More might have been done to really make this an epic masterpiece like Ben Hur, but for a lot of people, this will be a Marvel to sight.