Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
**SPOILER-FREE REVIEW (but I’m sure you’ve all seen it by now)**
Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb)
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
If anyone has ever read a review here, they’ll know that all my superhero reviews start with me saying “I’m superheroed out”. This is movie number 19 of the MCU, for crying out loud! But I’ve watched all of them (other than The Incredible Hulk. Oops.) I do enjoy them. They’re fun popcorn movies & characters and, thanks to Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok adding in much more humor & fun, I’ve liked them a bit more in the past few years. I wasn’t overly excited for Infinity War but knew I’d go to it as I do with every Marvel film. I thought it was pretty great! Slow to start but a truly ballsy ending that I loved. In fact, I liked it so much that I want it to be the true ending. Screw Infinity War 2!
I’ve finally ranked all the MCU movies (I’ll post that tomorrow or Wednesday) and had to re-read the plot synopsis for a few of them to refresh my memory. The ones I remember the least are the Avengers ones with loads of characters. It’s always fun to see them all together but the stories become messy and I find that I barely remember the plot afterwards. I mostly prefer the individual character movies.
I expected Infinity War to be just as convoluted and, okay, it probably is a little messy at first while the movie does loads of jumping around from one place to another. But I had a lot of fun with the various small groups of Avengers meeting & working together for the first time. Considering the massive amount of superheroes in this movie, I thought they did surprisingly well with getting the right balance when it came to time spent with each group and with some further character development.
Of the various superheroes meeting for the first time, the Guardians of the Galaxy & Thor are the absolute best. They made a fantastically funny team. I want them to team up for good and make spin-off movies together! Okay, I admit that Thor & Groot are my two favorite characters and the Guardians movies are my favorites but seeing these characters bond was exactly what I wanted. Loved it! I also loved that a lot of characters who’ve had smaller roles in previous Avengers films (or no role at all) had more screen time here. I really liked seeing the Guardians, Thor, Doctor Strange, Vision & Scarlet Witch given important things to do. Especially Doctor Strange – I don’t know if he’s exactly a fan favorite but I think I’m a fan. I find his abilities far more interesting than those of some of the other characters.
Not that our usual Phase One characters have nothing to do – we still get plenty of Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, etc etc. But I’m glad they slightly took a backseat (As presumably they’ll have the biggest roles in part 2. If alive. I’m not saying!). Iron Man still has a large role in this one and I’m now really liking his growing fatherly friendship with Spider-Man. I actually thought there was too much Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming but now see that it really help set up their relationship for this film.
I’ll wrap this up before I accidentally give away a massive spoiler or something (although the biggest fans will have made sure to see this by now, I hope!). It was hard to avoid spoilers for this one and I’m glad I managed to for two whole days as I think it made me appreciate this film even more. I’ve not mentioned all the characters but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in this (or that they’re dead!). Maybe no one dies in this. Maybe they do. No one really dies in superhero movies, though, so I guess that’s why I’ve never become a massive superhero movie fan. I can’t take them too seriously. It’s not like Han Solo or something – I’m never getting him back! As I said, these Marvel films are just fun popcorn movies to me. Infinity War was actually far more enjoyable than I was expecting and, at the moment, it’s one of my favorites of the 19 MCU movies. But Part 2 could change my mind… I hope it doesn’t undo the good that the end of Part 1 does. I want a superhero movie to do something truly unexpected for a change.
My Rating: 8/10
Is There A Scene After The Credits?: Yes. Of course? No mid-credits scene, only one at the very end. Yes, you have to stay for it. For once, not ONE person left my cinema before the end credits scene. It only took 19 movies for people to finally figure out that they need to stay through the credits for Marvel movies…. 😉
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Unbelievably, a bunch of people in my screening sat through the initial credits, then left when the scroll began. Like, they’re prepared to give it some credits to see a bonus scene, but not all of them. (Well, in fairness, at ‘normal’ films that’s exactly how long I stay, so…) And it’s one of the best after credits scenes they’ve ever done too!
Anyway, I enjoyed the film on the whole. Definitely one of my favourite MCU movies, even though it’s not perfect.
Ugh! Idiots! Lol. The movie is so damn long anyway – what’s a few more minutes of waiting?! They certainly missed out – I did like that scene (gotta love Samuel L. Jackson). 🙂
Great review! I really liked this movie, especially since they decided to end it on a bold/darker note. I want part 2 to end on a bold, darker note as well but I’m not sure if that will happen. As much as I love these characters, some major characters NEED to die in order to drive home just how powerful and serious a threat Thanos is.
And the parts with Thor and the Guardians were definitely awesome! 🙂
I’m guessing that two main characters will sacrifice themselves for greater good.
I needed to avoid Twitter/IMDb etc. for a whole week before seeing this! But I managed not to get spoiled. 😀
Wow! Glad you managed an entire week without spoilers! 🙂 Yeah, I think several may sacrifice themselves/trade places with those who’ve disappeared… Really excited for the next film now!
Thanks! Figured you’d like this one. 🙂 I think I may even like it slightly more now that I’ve thought about it more. I also hope the final one ends on a bold, darker note. I think that’s needed (and, yes, at least a couple very main superheroes need to die). But not Thor or any of the GOTG! Because I love them. 😉
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After what u said about Black Panther, I was really interested to see what u thought of Infinity War!
Great Review! Glad to see u really enjoyed this
To see Thor interact with Rocket Rabbit (sorry, Raccoon!) was a dream come true 🙂
Thanks! I LOVED Thor with Rocket & Groot! Made my heart melt. ❤️ 🙂
Even that Arcade Defender that Groot constantly played?! 😉
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