AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Genre: Superhero Action
Running Time: 159 mins.
Premise: Thanos sets out to collect all six Infinity stones so he can wipe out half of the population on every planet. It’s up to the Avengers to stop him.
Behind-the-Scenes: Marvel has been building up to this movie for the past 10 years. Directors Joe & Anthony Russo take over for Joss Whedon, and previously helmed the Captain America installments, Winter Soldier and Civil War. Originally titled Infinity War Part 1, with Part 2 coming out May 2019. Marvel has kept mum on the new title for Part 2. To say anything more would risk spoilers.
The Good: This is an epic movie – about as epic as they come. Stuffed to the brim with characters, action, and all sorts of spectacle, Infinity War earns its massive running time and never once bores or lags in its pacing. Disney and Marvel spared no expense, and the money clearly shows on screen. This movie, and really – the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole, should have never worked. This is a nearly impossible movie to pull off, but damn it if Marvel hasn’t succeeded. Again. Every character gets his/her due and has a moment to shine. Me? I could have used more Cap, but really enjoyed seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy crew mix it up with Thor and Tony Stark. The big bad we’ve been waiting for finally takes center stage and he does not disappoint. Josh Brolin’s motion capture performance is neatly underplayed – he’s great – and the writers do a solid, if not spectacular, job of giving Thanos backstory and motive, and making us care. The stakes are high, and characters die. This is certainly the darkest Marvel movie to date, and the ending is a bold, ballsy one. That being said, it’s still fun and funny, with too many choice character interactions, and a handful of stand-up-and cheer moments. Infinity War works like gangbusters, and deeply rewards viewers for their investment in the MCU to date.
The Bad: It is an incomplete movie – definitely part 1 of 2. That may disappoint those audiences looking for closure by the end. Also, so much happens in so much time, some may feel exhausted when they leave the theater. Newbies to the MCU will have no idea what’s happening.
Should You See It?: Yes. This is a great start to the summer movie season, and yet another feather in Marvel’s cap. Now, excuse me while I go rewatch all the Marvel movies to prep for Ant-Man and the Wasp coming out in July.
Star Rating: ****1/2 out of 5 stars
Better Than: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Worse Than: The Avengers
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