Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is Emotional, Jaw-Dropping, Exceptional4 weeks ago by Edward Antonelli in Movie News, REVIEWS
When I was given the text message that I was going to see Avengers: Infinity War before it was released to the public, I felt bestowed with a certain privilege. Moments like this are the best days to be a journalist. Fans of the Marvel Universe have been waiting years for this moment, tickets pre-paid for the release later this week and here I was, a modest fan who seen only a handful of the movies from the franchise viewing it four days early. I didn’t know what to except or if I would be lost throughout the film but I was pleasantly surprised.
The directors of the film, The Russo Brothers, posted a letter urging people who have already seen the film not to give anything away and I’m going to obey their request. I was never the type to spoil the fun for others anyway but knowing what occurs before everyone is like my own Marvel super power if I had one.
The film does a great job at taking the time to describe what the infinity stones are and why they are so powerful. As for the characters, there are a lot of them as expected and most of them are a familiar face even for someone who hasn’t seen all the movies. I will say that super villain Thanos is introduced extremely quickly. The film wastes no time in showing how conniving and strong he actually is. A cameo by Stan Lee also occurs pretty early in the film.
Avenger: Infinity War is an emotional roller coaster. It featured way more jokes than I expected– Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Pratt, among others, are hilarious. However, for every joke, there are also moments that will definitely make a few jaws drop. Throughout the film, I could the hear packed theatre both giggle and gasp throughout the 2 hour and 40 minute film.
Marvel absolutely nailed it visually. The film takes place in so many settings– they are introduced by name at the bottom of the screen and all look stunning. The environment is always used perfectly and the scenes which feature before and after transformations of the devastated cities are impressive. One important scene in the movie takes place in Wakanda, the newest favorite from the hit Black Panther. One joke the film might regret is when Black Panther is speaking to Nakia and she says, “When I said we should open Wakanda to others, I meant like the Olympics or Starbucks.” The coffee company of course has been under fire lately after an incident involving two black men being discriminated by the police.
Watching all the characters interact with each other and come up with plans to succeed is fun. There are also moments where it takes them time to realize they are on the same team. Many of them also take jabs at their super hero names– Thor for instance calling Rocket Raccon, Rabbit throughout the film.
My gripe with certain action movies are when the fighting scenes are moving so fast that I could barely tell what is happening or they are just too long. In Avengers: Infinity War, the fighting scenes, which there are a lot of, uses the characters strengths to the best of their abilities and makes sense for their purpose. No civilians ever get in the way so its simply just the bad guys versus the good guys going back and forth.
Avengers: Infinity War will not disappoint for the fans who have been anxiously waiting for this film. Even for non-marvel watchers, the film shows what a good cast and the best visual effects are capable of. It will make you both cheer and grind your teeth at certain moments. All the characters are given a fair share of screen time and don’t hog the storyline. Collectively, they all help evolve the story even when they are in two different places.
As always, stay tuned after the credits for the notorious bonus scene from Marvel. However, because this film was such a massive project, the credits were longer than usual. Fans took the time to speak about what they just witnessed and had their eyes glued back to the screen when it started.
As much as I try to find something to gripe about, I really can’t think of any. This movie is the prime example of how superhero films should be done. The characters have fun being themselves but also get down to business when they time is needed. Avenger: Infinity War is highly recommend and will make patiently waiting for the upcoming Marvel films more difficult.