The latest installment of the MCU has finally been released and I have just returned from the theater and the feels are all over the place. I did my best to turn off my speculative fan fiction super powers so as not to potentially ruin the film with all my crazy fan theories and my viewing experience was much better off in that regard. With this sentimentality in mind, I shall do my best to review Avengers: Infinity War in the most spoiler free format I can muster.
First off, if you are wondering whether or not you should see the backlog of Marvel films before heading off to see Infinity War then I recommend that you see at least a few of them to get a better feel for all the characters. Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, and at least Civil War should be fresh in your memory to best avoid questions of who is that character and what can they do. If this is your foray into the MCU I’m honestly questioning your logic behind that decision. However, Infinity War does a good job of setting up the main antagonist of Thanos.
So let me take a moment to talk about the mad Titan known as Thanos. For my last review, I was practically gushing with feels over Black Panther’s portrayal of Erik Killmonger. He was relatable and evil at the same time with wicked lines and action sequences throughout the film. Clearly, Michael B. Jordan is now in the pantheon of those actors who survived a bad case of Fantastic Fouritis and came out stronger because of it. Thanos is harder to discern since this is basically a CGI purple/blue big dude voiced by Josh Brolin (who you will see more of as Cable in the upcoming Deadpool film coming out in a few weeks). Brolin’s voice is hauntingly deep and his essence carries well unto the villain. Not to give anything away but this isn’t the Thanos from the comics. The end goal may be the same but his purpose isn’t for a twisted love/infatuation with a metaphysical personification. Near extinction at a universal scale is treated as borderline logical, making this version of Thanos that much scarier. The quirky band of minibosses that accompany the main baddy are borderline forgettable by the time you reach the end but while they are on screen you are fully aware that each of them is a unique threat for our heroes to overcome before the titan emerges to confront them.
The story itself is complex and yet completely attainable throughout the entirety of the film. For two and a half hours plus you change in focus between 4 branching adventuring parties composed by pretty much every character in the MCU (Antman and Hawkeye being the exception though their absence is explained). Even with all the shifts the plot doesn’t get lost between the transitions and by the time you hit the finale you wouldn’t believe that almost three hours have passed. Every character gets their moment in the spotlight and I applauded with the rest of the theater whenever each of them had their turn to shine. Action sequences are varied and crisp as individual arsenals of attack are showcased.
The dialogue is as always witty and quick. Thank goodness for Spanish subtitles in PR theatres because I know I would have missed several lines during the moments of laughter/cheering. Even though you get a lot of narrative exposition it’s done in a way to avoid the sense of boredom in the audience. Something is always happening so you never feel that a scene is some degree of filler. Likewise, while you may be yearning for deleted scenes I personally did not feel like moments were taken away due to time constraints. While I would have loved for certain characters to interact more (or even at all due to the branching story paths) Avengers: Infinity War does its job well when it comes to storytelling.
Speaking of feels, get ready to go through a veritable gamut of emotions. Not to spoil anything but be prepared to gasp, cheer, laugh, and cry multiple times. The ending is beyond words for me to describe even if this review was filled with spoilers. Fair warning, this is not a happy go lucky movie like many of the other installments of the MCU. I will go so far as to say that if you aren’t exactly in a good spot emotionally speaking I would wait before you go and watch it because your soul will not be the same after watching this. The super post credits scene does a good job of reminding you that more installments in the series are coming but odds are you will remain deflated.
Final verdict/ tl;dr of Avengers: Infinity War
This is a wild ride of a film and a must see if you are a Marvel fan. A myriad of emotions will be felt along the way as you end the viewing experiences with eyes red from tears, hands stinging from clapping, and sides sore from laughing, all the while gasping for air. No spoilers but just trust me that this should have been called The Tragedy of Infinity War to borrow Shakespearean sexy title making. Still, go watch it and bring some friends, you are going to need someone to talk to about everything that happened. Not sure if I have the time to see it again but I’ll certainly try.
If you want to talk about the film please comment below but let’s try to stay spoiler free until Monday at the least so that people have the weekend to try and watch it for themselves.