TITLE: Avengers: Infinity War
DIRECTED BY: Joe and Anthony Russo
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson
GENRE: Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Superhero
RELEASE DATE: April 28th 2018
RUNTIME: 156 minutes
5 STARS (YEP. 5 GLORIOUS STARS)
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
My feelings were definitely all over the place. For sure.
So I’ve finally saw Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War yesterday. There are so much to say about it, yet so little words can completely express my exact feelings about it. Because honestly, I don’t think there really are any words. I am not exaggerating. Okay. Maybe just a tiny bit. But really, this movie was AMAZING!
I can still remember the day when I saw the first Iron Man movie. It made me want more of these superhero films. Somewhere, someone must have been listening to my prayers because now, 10 years later, we have this huge cinematic spectacle called Avengers: Infinity War. Something none of us were expecting to be possible.
Turns out it is and it’s so worth the wait.
Enough of the babbling and let’s get on with the review, shall we? This review would be spoiler free so for those of you who have not yet watched the film, you are safe to read this.
• PEOPLE FUCKING DIED. Yes. There were a lot of deaths in this film, some weighing more than others. The question is, would they stay dead? For me, some of them might stay dead. However, I do believe some would be revived because of a certain stone, that might or might not get returned back to its rightful bearer. But yes, people died. Prepare your tissues because some of these deaths are just heart-wrenching.
• Let’s talk about the big elephant in the room, the one everyone is curious to know. The MCU has a track record of not having the most compelling villains (except maybe Loki or Killmonger), so everyone wants to know how Thanos is. Let me be the bearer of good news then. Thanos is probably the best Marvel villain we’ve had so far. Like Killmonger, his motivations were laid out in a way that you’d understand why he could stomach massacring thousands, if not millions of people and not feeling any remorse to do it again. This dude is not just your average bad guy that wants to destroy things. He wants to destroy things because he has a purpose (at least for him). A purpose that he believes is for the best interest of everyone. I understand what he’s trying to do, but that doesn’t mean I agree to it, or anyone with a sane mind would agree to either. Going back to my point, I liked what they did with Thanos and delivering on the promise that this movie is going to be his movie. Infinity War is basically his film, no questions asked.
• Infinity War is not just a superhero movie, it is actually more than that. The more prominent theme of these movie, for me, was sacrifice. How many times can one sacrifice his/herself for others? Should other people have a say on whether you want to give yourself up for the greater good or is that decision yours alone to make? Would it be considered acceptable if one do whatever it takes, good or bad, to make sure that the greater good is achieved? I find it absolutely amazing how the writers have added these into the story, not making this just another popcorn blockbuster movie. It dives deep into the humanity of these characters too. One example of this is Thanos’ principles, while unacceptable to us, has valid points. Thanos have done some terribly hideous things to a lot of people. He destroyed planets. He murdered people. For what? Believe it or not, his reasons are not because he just wants to be the most powerful person in the entire galaxy. He also does not feel any remorse for his actions as he feel his reasons for doing them are for the benefit of the better part of the population. If that was the case, if someone was willing to do absolutely anything necessary to bring peace and prosperity to the world, would you risk everything to do what needs to be done in order to accomplish it? Thanos was more than willing to do that. But does the reasoning justify the action? I would not get further into spoilers regarding this because I really don’t want to ruin the movie for those who have not watched it yet. But yes, Thanos is not just a mad Titan who wants to rule the galaxy. On the contrary, what he actually wants is quite different from what we all assumed.
• I want to talk about the characters. You’d have to give kudos to the Russo brothers for actually pulling this shit off because what they did in this movie is not an easy feat to do. They did marvelously well if you ask me. I’ve read and heard reviews about characters not having enough screen time, which I don’t think is an unfair criticism because this movie is just 2 and a half hours long, you can’t possibly give everyone the same amount of screen time for those who doesn’t necessarily need them. Like seriously? I felt the characters that need the screen time were given ample time, while those that needs to step on the sideline was there on purpose. I don’t think there’s anyone, in the entire history of cinema, has ever tried to pull off something like this. Taking characters from other movies and merging them into one while at the same time retaining the things we loved most about them in their singular films. Like holy freakin’ shit. This movie is so epic, I think I can now die and go to heaven. No, scratch that. I still have to watch Avengers 4 because this movie ended in a very devastating cliffhanger.
• This movie would keep you glued to your seat and the screen. You wouldn’t want to miss a thing (see what I did there? LOL) because every scene is essential. No scene was a filler. Normally, when you watch a movie or read a book, you get the first, second, and third act, right? Infinity Wars felt like it was consistently throwing us with third acts. The first scene of this movie was so traumatic, I knew it was just the tip of the iceberg – I was right.
• This movie was surprisingly emotional. There were a lot of emotionally draining scenes in this film that made me, not sob, but cry. I literally cried while watching this, especially towards the end. Not telling you why, but there was this scene with Tony Stark and Peter Parker that just tore my heart to shreds. Holy fucking shit. It’s the scene that affected me the most. I think the reason why it affected me so much was how I was a witness to how the relationship between these characters grew throughout the series of films. I think it wouldn’t have the same effect on me, or any of the other movie goers, if they didn’t build up these characters on the previous films, a mistake DC made with their films, all with the exception of Superman as he started with Man of Steel. Marvel built up these characters so well that we, as viewers, care about whatever happen to them like they were family. I think this is one of the reasons why Marvel continue to impress us with these films.
• Another thing I really enjoyed was the introduction of new location on the cosmic side of things. They look stellar. Too real. It was amazing to look at.
• Infinity War is a fast-paced movie. Every scene has a purpose, every dialogue has importance. Events were happening left and right. Each and every character were doing their own thing, but the end goal was the same: to put an end to Thanos. Whether they succeeded in doing this or not, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out because I am not going to be the one to spoil this for you. On the downside, this might be a too much for some viewers. Some might think the movie is a bit bloated being it has a lot of characters and a lot of things were simultaneously happening. The reason why this still worked for me was because despite all these dire circumstances these heroes face, the signature Marvel humor still resurfaces at just the right time to, somehow, alleviate the tension even just a tiny bit. This movie is just full of suspenseful and heart-pounding scenes that would just keep you at the edge of your seat. There was, literally, no time to rest. Things just kept being thrown at the characters, and you, constantly.
• This movie is the reward loyal MCU fans get for continuously watching these movies for the past 10 years. This is the grand, sort-of, first part finale to the Avengers. There will be more MCU movies for sure, but I have a feeling that some of the older characters we grew up with and loved are not going to come back after Avengers 4. Gaahh! I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years. My goodness. That being said, I don’t think everyone will feel the same way about this movie. People who have watched every single Marvel movie would have more attachment to these characters than those who have not. The thing that I think Marvel did best was how they developed all these characters throughout all these films. People like me, who have been watching all of these movies tend to be more emotionally bonded with these characters, you’ll tend to be more fervid about what happen to them. You would cry. You would laugh. You would feel anxious about all the shit they’re going through. When shit does go down, you worry about what if someone dies, then your heart gets crushed when someone does. Damn these movies. I love them so much.
• Without getting into spoilers, I’m just going to quickly say that I did not like how this movie ended. I get it, but that doesn’t mean that I liked it. A lot of people will disagree with me on this though. Some of my friends were rooting for this ending – I wasn’t. It just broke my heart. That’s a clue. Not saying anything more.
I am in love with this movie. I know this review is already far too long. There are still more things to talk about. However, I can’t really reveal all of them here because it will ruin the experience for those who have not seen the movie yet. If you do want to discuss this, feel free to tweet me or send me an e-mail, I’d love to go more in depth about this movie because there are a lot more to dissect.
Kudos to Marvel studios for making an outstanding movie.
NOW I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. SUCH A BUMMER!!!! I WANT IT NOW.
If you have seen this movie, let’s chat. 🙂
I really need to talk about this.