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. – Marvel Studios
Avengers: Infinity War was directed by The Russo Brothers and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the very same team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.
This review will be 100% spoiler free assuming you have seen the trailers. Infinity War is a movie that needs to be seen, so forget my review and just go see it and then come back.
I don’t even know where to start with this review. This movie was a big one for me, ever since that first post credit scene in The Avengers I’ve been waiting for Thanos and let’s just say I was not let down one bit. I remember when Iron Man came out on DVD, my mom picked it up for me while I was at school (thanks mom.) I was hooked into all sorts of superhero movies before that but everything changed with Iron Man. The MCU movies have helped me discover a love for comics, make friends and just so much more. Avengers: Infinity War was more than just a movie to me, to most people I referred to the day I was seeing Infinity War as the “biggest day of my life,” that may have been a bit of an exaggeration.
This is a Marvel movie, so it is funny. Most of the humor comes from the characters as you would expect. Infinity War has characters from all the movies meeting each other for the first time, something I’ve been dreaming about for years. It was surreal seeing all the Guardians gawking over Thor and his muscles, Iron Man and Doctor Strange calling each other douches and nothing beats seeing Spidey swinging around in space. A lot of the comedy comes from all these heroes meeting each other.
Not only is this movie funny but goddamn it is dark and emotional. There have certainly been other Marvel movies to hit me in the feels but Infinity War just never stops hitting you. As for the darkness, death is a plenty in this movie. Thanos has no mercy.
Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, the list goes on for all the characters in these movies who you couldn’t imagine being played by another actor. But who do you see playing Thanos? It better be Josh Brolin. For the past 6 years the Marvel movies have been telling us to be afraid of Thanos but we’ve never actually seen him do anything other than sit in a giant chair and be purple. Thanos is an absolute force to reckon with, a monster but somehow the Russo brothers and Brolin found a way to humanize him. I never felt bad for Thanos or rooted for him but I understood what he was doing and why he thought it was the right thing to do. I feel like a recent trend with Marvel movies is to say how the villain in the movie was the best villain since Loki, well forget that because after you see Infinity War you’ll be comparing all other villains to Thanos. He really is the best Marvel film villain to date.
I loved this movie, I’m not sure if you figured it out yet. These characters mean a lot to me and them all together is what sold me on the movie. But Avenger’s Infinity War isn’t just the “most ambitious crossover,” it’s a damn good film with some damn good acting. The story of course draws from the comics but it was full of surprises and unexpected twists and turns. Movies like this are ones that I analyze and listen to other people’s theories on YouTube for hours about and I still was surprised by just about everything in the movie.
As I mentioned above I love all these characters but Infinity War certainly has some standouts to me. Thor, Rocket and Groot have some of the best on screen chemistry I’ve seen and Thor in general was just electrifying in this movie. Though this wasn’t a Thor movie I felt like he was given a lot of depth and for the first time Hemsworth has had to convey a variety of emotions you wouldn’t normally see from Thor.
Doctor Strange was also fantastic, I loved his snark and seeing him interact with other heroes was a blast. Since the last time we’ve seen him he has become a much more powerful sorcerer. Seeing Doc Strange at his peak was a marvel to see.
Finally, Spider-Man was amazing. Like Doctor Strange it was just great seeing him interact with everyone. Spider-Man keeps getting better and better on screen, it’s hard to put it in words but he just felt so spider-man-y, all the quips and actions he had just fit perfectly with the character. Tom Holland is the definitive Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
I loved everyone in the movie but those mentioned above are the ones who stuck out the most to me. I will say I do have some minor complaints with some characters though. Some characters didn’t get enough screen time or any at all, it is hard to falter the film for that considering the immense cast. I just hope and I’ve heard that others will take the limelight in Avengers 4. One character did something that really aggravated me, I love the character and it was tough seeing it. What was done made the character more human with their fault but it was difficult to watch. Again, I can’t falter the movie for that, it fit in the script and honestly it felt like something the character would do, it was just something I didn’t like seeing.
It is kind of crazy that we’re so far in this review and I haven’t even brought up the action or the visuals at all. Both were excellent. I’ve come to expect a high caliber of CGI from these movies and it delivered aside from a few little things here or there. The action on the other hand in this movie was revved up to a whole other level. For the first time in a Marvel film I felt like I was watching a straight up war. Some scenes were quite reminiscent of the giant battles from the Lord of the Rings movies. Infinity War isn’t like any other Marvel movie, there was small scale and large scale action and so much more.
To me this is a perfect movie. Avengers: Infinity War is easily my favorite Marvel movie. This is a film that needs to be seen and in a theater. Infinity War is the cumulation of 18 films across 10 years, the hype was so high but Infinity War somehow surpassed it and was better than anything I could imagine. Without a doubt Avengers: Infinity War is the magnum opus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I give Avengers: Infinity War a 10 out of 10, I already did watch again.
“I need a hammer not a spoon.”
Expect another review in a few months with spoilers galore.