Avengers: Infinity War

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I am emotionally scarred.

This will be as spoiler free of a review as I can do because I went out of my way to avoid spoilers and I think it truly enhanced some of the unbelievable things that happen here.

To speak on that for a moment.  After the premiere earlier this week in Hollywood, some online reviews, in particular Forbes and Variety, posted reviews filled with spoilers for the new Avenger film.  Now, you may say so what.  The articles are clearly marked as spoiler filled so if you read it and were spoiled, it is your fault, right?

Not necessarily.  Because there are trolls out there in the world of the Internet whose sole purpose seems to be to try and ruin anything like this by posting spoilers on Twitter or in comment sections just to be assholes.  There was a group on Facebook that had the hashtag #AvengetheDCEU and they wanted their followers to vote Infinity War down just because. Understand, I do not blame DC fans for this.  These people are not DC fans. They are just little people who want to feel powerful by ruining this epic film-going experience.  So now, Forbes and Variety, in all of their stupidity, just armed these idiots with everything they need to know to cause problems.

With that knowledge, I avoid everything social media for the last couple of days because I did not want to be spoiled.  I went into the original Avengers spoiled about Coulson’s fate and it was just not as impactful as it should have been.

So I stayed off Twitter.  I avoided reading any YouTube comments.  I did not read or watch any reviews online.  I did not go to Facebook.  I just shut that part of my existence off.  And it was so worth it.

Now, Avengers Infinity War.

God, it was great.

Thanos, the Mad Titan (Josh Brolin) is on a quest to claim all six of the Infinity stones scattered across the cosmos and our heroes, everyone from Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy to individuals like Spider-man and Dr. Strange came together in an attempt to prevent that from happening.

Lets start off with Thanos.  Thanos is amazing.  The best Marvel villain ever.  The hyperbole is certainly earned.  But it was more than just the big time bad ass that he was.  Thanos had tremendous depth to him and truly believed what he was doing was the right thing to do.  Josh Brolin brought so much unexpected emotion and characterization to the purple sociopath that you can almost understand why the guy is trying to this horrible thing.

And lets talk CGI for a minute.  I never once thought about Thanos being a CGI character.  He was so well done that it never entered my mind.  In fact, it wasn’t until after the movie when I was listening to a review that mentioned the CGI that I even remembered that Thanos was mostly created by technicians.  I marveled at the precision of each moment this character was on screen.

Honestly, this is Thanos’s movie.  He carries it very well.

The action is second to none.  There is so much going on that there are very few moments to catch your breath.  Infinity War reminded me very much of some of the battles in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, when they would bounce back in forth between different locations with different action beats going down.  Although I do not feel this way, I can understand some people’s criticism of the film having too much going on because there certainly is a lot happening.

I believe that each character involved in the story has their special moment to shine and stand out.  Directors Anthony and Joe Russo showed that they were capable of doing this in Civil War, and they really bring it here as well, but this time with way more characters.  However, I will admit that, because of the vast number of characters, very few characters are allowed to develop more.  That is for their individual movies.  This is a grand team up and it does depend on you already knowing who these heroes are. I, of course, already knew them, so that was not a problem for me.  There are some characters who are background in this film.  Again,. not a bad thing, just what had to happen.

There is so much emotion and depth to this simple story that I came out of the film shaken.  There are so many awesome surprises in this film and some that are devastating.  I will not spoil any of them, but just know that the stakes have never been higher.

This is still a Marvel movie so there is still their trademark humor here, but this time it was different.  The rest of the movie was so dark that the humor was a welcome respite to the mood of the film.  Tone did change depending on who was on screen.  The Guardians of the Galaxy felt like a different tone than the Iron Man stuff or the Vision stuff.  And despite that being a danger in film, here the Russo Brothers made that work extremely well.

There were great performances everywhere, led by Josh Brolin.  Robert Downey Jr. was his normal brilliant self.  Tom Holland embodied Spider-Man.  Benedict Cumberbatch really feels like Dr. Strange.  Chris Pratt brought it as Peter Quill, Star-Lord.  Karen Gillian is not in it as much as I would have liked, but her scenes were wonderfully impactful.

One of the best aspects of the film is seeing these heroes interact with heroes from other films.  Seeing Dr. Strange with Spider-man and Iron Man, seeing Thor with the Guardians etc was great and the writing of the dialogue continues to provide us great witty banter and in depth character traits.

Now, the ending.  I loved it, but I do have to say that I have one issue with it, but it would be a HUGE spoiler so I cannot go into now.  It is not going to affect my score, but it was something that made me pause as I watched it.

This is the beginning of the culmination of 10 years of Marvel Studios.  This is a brilliant film that encompasses all of what is great about the last 18 movies and delivered on the tease of Thanos big time.  And the comic book geek in me squealed at the end post credit scene.  Dark, funny, tragic, dramatic, exciting, pulse pounding moments filled the 150 plus minutes and left me feeling both exhilarated and crushed.

Thankfully, it is just one year before Avengers 4 arrives.

5 stars

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