Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (Spoilers!)

“Avengers: Infinity War” is probably one of the most anticipated films of the year, not just because of the sheer magnitude and ambition of this film, but because everything that MARVEL Studios has been working hard on for the past ten years now all comes to a head with this film. This film is also history in the making, as it is the culmination of everything in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU) since “Iron Man” was released in 2008. And, thankfully, under the direction of the Russo brothers, “Avengers: Infinity War” is everything that fans of the franchise hoped for, and then some, as they successfully threw in some brilliant and major plot twists and turns that nobody expected at all. For the sheer magnitude of the project, they pulled it off, and many fans went home from cinemas satisfied, and eagerly waiting for the next films and the next installment, as well as the urge to watch it again in order to see what else they missed first time around.

“Avengers: Infinity War” starred, well, almost everyone from the MARVEL Cinematic Universe that we have come to love and know since 2008 until 2018’s “Black Panther”. And yes, that’s a lot of characters. It also starred Josh Brolin as Thanos, who proved himself to be the biggest, baddest, and most complex villain yet in the MCU.

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Image Source: Official Avengers Film Facebook Page

“Infinity War”, which is the first of two movies, sees all the MCU teams teaming up with each other in a race against time as Thanos aggressively starts collecting Infinity Stones for his gauntlet as he believes that it would allow him to finally bring balance and peace to the universe.

While there were a lot of great moments with the character dynamics of the interesting team ups they gave us for this film, and as much as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)  and Vision (Paul Bettany) are in the forefront of this movie, ultimately, “Avengers: Infinity War” was all about Thanos, as it got us to see and try to understand Thanos’ point of view as to why he does things.

Brolin’s Thanos was terrifying, and yet one can somehow understand where he is coming from, which makes him a good and complex villain and character. Aside from this, Brolin’s performance, combined with the CGI for the character, was just astounding.

For the interesting team ups that they did here, the Russo brothers really came up with great sub-teams in order to make the most of those character dynamics, and it really worked. Because of this, I cannot wait to see the moment in which we see ALL of the Avengers, from the newer ones to the old guard, coming together in one big decisive battle in the final installment of “Infinity War”.

The Russos, just like what they did with “Winter Soldier”, didn’t just stick to the formula, but were courageous enough to make some pretty interesting and bold narrative choices that definitely changes the game moving forward.

Of course, as there are so many characters involved, don’t expect everyone to get equal screen time and lines, but all in all, the Russo brothers and MARVEL managed to pull off another fun movie that showed us that they still have a lot of surprises up their sleeves, even though the entire cinematic franchise is ten years old. “Avengers: Infinity War” is definitely a MARVEL movie that will be remembered for a very long time, and will make fans excited for the next MARVEL movies and for the second part of “Infinity War”.

Now, you know the drill. Please turn around now if you have not seen the movie yet, because there will be spoilers!

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As mentioned earlier, this movie was truly about Thanos, which we should have expected as the Russos have mentioned in there interviews that Thanos would have a lot of screentime in this installment of the film. This makes sense as we have never really seen or gotten to know this super villain that they have been teasing for so long, and knowing his motivations and why he does things makes him more intimidating in the long run. Aside from that, it allowed us to have the best MCU villain yet, and yes, he beats both Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

What is amazing about Thanos is that he truly believes that he is doing the right thing. He believes that the Infinity Gauntlet will be able to help him achieve perfect balance in the galaxy, because with one snap of his fingers, he can achieve things faster rather than going planet to planet and killing off half of its population. Also, we see here the lengths he is willing to achieve his goal as he was willing to sacrifice the only person he ever loved- his adopted daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana).

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Josh Brolin as Thanos Image Source: Official Avengers Film Facebook Page

Thanos is truly menacing, complicated, and a wonderful villain, and his presence in the first installment of the film really shows how high the stakes are for our heroes. Aside from sacrificing Gamora’s life, he killed Heimdall (Idris Elba), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and intimidated the Hulk (Mark Rufallo) so much that he refused to come out afterwards during the rest of the movie.

Loki’s death really hit me hard, as I didn’t expect him to die that fast into the movie and as he is one of my favorite characters in the MCU. However, I’m glad that he didn’t go out as Loki, the god of mischief, but as Loki, Odin’s son, and Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) loving brother.

As this movie was the culmination of ten years worth of films, we were able to see relationships and recent events coming to a head here. We have Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) now complicated relationship due to “Civil War”, Gamora’s and Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) relationship with each other, Gamora’s relationship with Nebula (Karen Gillan) come to fruition, Loki’s brotherly love for Thor came to the forefront, and Tony being a father figure and mentor to Peter Parker (Tom Holland), among others.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Stranger, Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Mark Rufallo as Hulk/Bruce Banner and Benedict Wong as Wong Image Source: Official Avengers Film Facebook Page

And of course, one of the biggest relationships that was crucial to the entire film was Scarlet Witch’s relationship with Vision. I found it both sweet and tragic that they went off the grid to spend some time together, because I do think that they knew that they were only on borrowed time. We do know that these two would go above and beyond so that they could save the universe, but even that attempt was for naught, which made it even more tragic, as Thanos ended up killing Vision using the Time Stone.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, and Vin Diesel as a teenaged Groot Image Source: Official Avengers Film Facebook Page

It was also smart that they divided the main characters into separate groups pursuing different things that would help them stop Thanos, especially as it gave us some great character dynamics. Even though I wasn’t fond of Thor’s mission to get Stormbreaker, his axe, I loved the dynamic between Rocket, Thor and Groot. Tony’s dynamics with Peter and Dr. Strange was just perfect, and things got even better when they ended up meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy on Titan.

Many will probably blame Star-Lord for the Avengers being unable to stop Thanos this time, as they were so close to getting that gauntlet off, but then again, most viewers probably expected that this was the way he would react, and no one can really blame him for feeling what he felt at that particular point.

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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/White Wolf/Winter Soldier Image Source: Official Avengers Film Facebook Page

All of the fight sequences were amazing, from the fight sequence in New York in the first few minutes of the film, to the ending fight sequences happening simultaneously in Wakanda and on Titan.

Oh, and let’s give a shout out to Spider-Man’s shiny new Iron Spider suit that was everything I was hoping it would be.

Now, I do believe that Strange only gave the Time Stone to Thanos, because this would probably allow events to occur according to that ONE winnable outcome that he saw, and because he knew that Tony couldn’t die yet because he would be needed more in order to defeat Thanos.

It was also interesting to note that most of the “newer” Avengers were the ones that disappeared, and the “older” Avengers stayed. I think that this smartly will allow us to have at least one more movie with the original Avengers before the new guard takes over.

I admit I was pretty shell shocked when I saw everyone disappearing and reality changing, as that is a big game changer moving forward, so I was glad to have my wish come true in that post-credits scene which gave us a hint of who they could look towards as their last hope- Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Yes, that eight point star, and red and blue colors could only mean her, and this makes me so excited for the upcoming “Captain Marvel” film. I do believe that she will answer that pager wherever she is in a post-credits scene in her own movie next year, and I do have a feeling that she’s somewhere in outer space, probably.

This was really one great ride of a film, and the Russos were really able to pull off a monumental feat that managed to still surprise us. That big plot twist in the end not only makes things interesting, but also makes us more curious as to how the other upcoming movies will be affected by it as well.

“Avengers: Infinity War” was well worth the wait, and I hope that the next installment will be just as fun and just as surprising as this one was.

Have you seen “Avengers: Infinity War”? What did you think of it? What did you like or not like about it? Let me know in the comments below!

Image Source: Official Avengers Film Facebook Page

 

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