Well…It’s finally here. Thanos has arrived and the MCU will never be the same. Theaters have begun to show AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR to the masses…And it’s completely insane. In the best way possible: It’s completely crazy and insane. Here’s my review and thoughts on AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. This will be spoiler-free as many have yet to see the film. #ThanosDemandsYourSilence.

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The Plot

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is by far the most ambitious undertaking Marvel Studios has ever attempted to pull off. Many fans have expected this for a while, ever since Thanos‘ first appearance at the end of the first AVENGERS.

Carrying their high expectations and hopes with them, fans across the globe are expecting a Marvel film of epic proportions. A culminating feature, tying every hero and moment together from the last decade. One would imagine this leads to quite a bit of pressure for Marvel and the directing Russo brothers.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you that you will not be disappointed with this film. Marvel did it. They pulled it off.

The plot of INFINITY WAR is incredibly dynamic, having moments that are funny, sad, exciting, and horrifying within minutes of each other. The stakes are incredibly high and are presented quite well at the onset of the first act. As seen from the trailers, Thanos’ quest is one that takes a toll on virtually every part of the MCU. There is never a dull moment. Audiences will hold their breath, wondering what will happen next and how the next scene could ever top it.

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The Heroes

As far as the large cast of characters that’s in this gigantic film, almost every character gets their moment in the spotlight. The plot allows for a few smaller separated groups to form, in order to fight Thanos on a few different fronts. This works well as it allows for specific interactions and moments that several fans have been hoping for years.

If you were hoping that a certain character would interact with another, chances are, you’ll get it. In my opinion, the interactions between any Avenger and any Guardian are perfect.

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Several of the characters carry with them and are still dealing with issues from films past. A pretty obvious assumption to make would be that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) might have issues asking Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) for help in light of their falling out in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Moments like this are done well, where moments, events, and character development that happened in previous movies are referenced. Some are even resolved, in what feels like the concluding chapter of a book in a series.

The Villain

Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, is a character that has been in the shadows for the entirety of the MCU, until now. His hand has been at work throughout, shaping and manipulating events to get the Avengers to this moment, and now he’s ready to begin his conquest.

Audience members and especially comic book fans will find Thanos and his motivations to be somewhat different than what many would expect. His desire and goal, while morbid and insane, causes him to see himself as a savior. As he says in the trailer, his conquest is a small price to pay for salvation.

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Even as a completely CGI character, Brolin’s performance is incredibly well-done, bringing the Mad Titan to life in an incredibly dynamic and dimensional way. Honestly, this movie is more about Thanos than any other character in my opinion. Many of the film’s emotional scenes are with him or happen because of him. This falls in line with interviews with the Russos where they’ve said as much: this is a Thanos movie.

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The Insane Feels

Prepare to get emotional with this film. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR absolutely has the heaviest emotional weight of any Marvel film. Many fans will laugh, cry, smile, and even get angry in a good way. The film will satisfy fans, providing long desired moments. Fans’ expectations will be rewarded, but at the same time, there are still plenty of beats where they will be surprised. This film truly is a culmination of several moments, characters, and events from the MCU over the last decade coming to fruition.

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A Few Drawbacks

I only have a few drawbacks to an otherwise incredible movie. First, I can easily see why this film has garnered a few bad reviews/ratings. This is because, on its own, INFINITY WAR could be one of the most confusing films ever, if a viewer has little to no prior context of the rest of the MCU.

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As said earlier, the film operates like a concluding chapter of a book in a series of more books to come. If someone comes in to see this movie without previous knowledge, the movie might still be fun, but it certainly won’t be as amazing or insane. Certain characters’ moments or scenes just wouldn’t be able to land the same way. So that’s the first kind of drawback: It has a difficulty functioning on its own. But that’s only because it was never meant to.

Secondly, the new characters that are in this film don’t get as much depth as they could or should. While this film is more about the characters we already know and love, plus Thanos, I feel as though more time could have been present, such as with Thanos’ Black Order. I do concede that the film is almost 3 hours long, and additional time to flesh them out would make it even longer. However, I would have liked a few more beats for them.

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I have some other, smaller drawbacks, but they connect to spoilers. Therefore, I will wait. They aren’t that big anyway and #ThanosDemandsMySilence.

Final Thoughts and Rating of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

I remember the first time I saw IRON MAN, the MCU’s first film in 2008. It had just come out on DVD and I was 12. My family was going on a trip to Hawaii and it was the in-flight movie. My brother and I loved it, our previous superhero film experience is limited to Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN trilogy, Tim Burton’s BATMAN films, THE DARK KNIGHT, and SUPERMAN RETURNS. IRON MAN felt different and unique from these others. When Nick Fury told Tony Stark that he was a part of a bigger universe, we knew it was different and was going to be the start of something insanely epic.

Ten years later, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR provides the culmination of the MCU in one big story. I can’t even imagine what things are going to look like going forward. As I walked out with my family, our reaction was the same as the rest of the crowds: completely taken aback, dissecting what the ending means for the future, and wondering if we need therapy from what we just saw: An insane and amazing emotional roller coaster that will leave you entertained and frustrated that we have to wait a year to see what happens next.

My Rating: 9.5/10

Go see AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR now in theaters!!! 

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