Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and lots of other famous people!
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 29 min.
My 2 Cents:
Marvel celebrates 10 years of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with Avengers: Infinity War. An over two-hour long extravaganza with all your favorite heroes. Joining me on this adventure was my brother, Andrew. We had seen and enjoyed (mostly) all the movies leading up to this one.
Avengers: Infinity War is everything it’s meant to be. A big bright colorful firework display and the focal point for several smaller stories that came before it. There are a few surprises, a few laughs, and lots of action. The fact that this cluster of megastars and characters turned in something actually watchable, is amazing in itself!
Infinity War is deliberately more event than story. It splits up our heroes into teams and delivers a few new story threads for us to remember as the MCU rolls on. None of the characters are required to grow, as this is mostly about handing out, and receiving, ass-kickings. It pits our heroes against a big bad villain with a plan, but the stakes never feel that substantial. All supposed tragedies don’t feel permanent, so the film never packs the emotional punch it thinks it does. This is after all a very expensive, very slickly produced, Saturday morning cartoon. Infinity War enjoys having your favorite characters finally meet, swap jokes, and get into fights.
The most interesting aspect of this film is the villain, Thanos, excellently played by Josh Brolin under the CGI trickery. He’s a villain convinced he’s the hero and dangerously off his rocker. Utterly convinced the power he seeks is meant to do long-term good. Thanos is the center of the action and moves the plot forward. He’s a soft-spoken sociopath with a clear goal and logic for his motivations.
For me, Infinity War was better than The Age of Ultron, but not as good as the first Avengers film. It was fun, it made me laugh, and the action was dazzling. It gobbled up 150 minutes of my life and I was happy I paid for the privilege. I’ll re-watch it again when it’s available to rent or stream, but it’s not something I want to add to my home collection. If you’ve enjoyed all the Marvel movies so far, then you should be happy with this. If you haven’t seen all the MCU movies, make sure you watch Thor: Ragnarok, Dr. Strange, Spider-man: Homecoming, and Black Panther before taking on Infinity War.