“Avengers: Infinity War”

LOUISA:  4.5 STARS


LOUISA SAYS:

When you sit down and think about it, “Avengers: Infinity War” already has several unfair hurdles to overcome. It’s a highly-anticipated film with a massive budget (rumored to be topping the $300 million range) and even bigger expectations from both the studio and diehard fans alike. By design it’s not made to be divisive, but there will be a built-in contingent of naysayers that will long to hate it.

Marvel fans, I’m here to alleviate your fears. If you take away only one thing from this review, make it this: you will not be disappointed with this movie. This is a prime example of what every successful blockbuster should be: it’s thrilling, surprising, emotionally devastating, eye-popping, and a slam-bang exhilarating ride. What does this movie get right? Just about damn near everything.

Many have been waiting a decade for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come together in a spectacular fashion, so this review will be purposely vague as to remain spoiler-free.

The film opens where “Thor: Ragnarok” left off and what follows is 150 minutes of pure unabashed fun. As per usual, the fate of the universe is at stake and it’s up to a menagerie of superheroes to join as one to save it (finally they’re working together). Seeing the parade of comic book superstars is electrifying in its own right, but the fact that this massive puzzle has been meticulously assembled in a manner where everything falls into place is an impressive achievement.

Characters cross over from different Marvel branches and mix and mingle with a casual effortlessness, seamlessly entwined while still remaining true to themselves. There is an abundance of characters and loads of intersecting storylines going on all at once, yet the film never feels too bloated. The rapid pacing and unexpected pairings keep things interesting. The individual character traits remain intact, yet they form a cohesive bond when working together. Not one Avenger overstays their welcome. This movie works, and it works on all levels.

The film has Marvel’s recent trademark humor, but here the banter feels organic and unforced. The jokes are actually funny and (unlike other recent outings) not at all distracting. Everything feels natural, from a couple of hilarious macho ‘meet cute’ introductions to the requisite Stan Lee cameo. It’s obvious the actors are having a blast playing off one another and critically, the movie doesn’t forget to have fun.

Another strong element of the film is the real sense of danger that appears in the form of one of the best screen villains in recent memory, Thanos (Josh Brolin). The Avengers face a constant threat from this menacing warmonger who, along with his band of minions, rampage through the universe leaving piles of bodies and destruction in their wake. It’s a dire situation that feels disturbingly real, and no one is safe from harm.

The cast of accomplished actors (including Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, and Chris Evans, among many others) all bring an effective passion and humanity to their characters with a meaningful rapport. What an absolute pleasure it is to see a big-budget superhero movie come out of Hollywood that shies away from the usual cacophony of visual noise, and instead chooses to focus on real human emotion.

In the interest of preserving the unspoiled discovery for other fans, I won’t confirm or deny that there may or may not be a major death or deaths. My advice is to stay off the internet, avoid Twitter, and watch out for those trolls who relish in ruining this film for others. I will warn you: the story wanders into the darker spectrum of mainstream superhero movies, but I was riding the emotional rollercoaster for over two hours. I didn’t want the movie to end.

The film isn’t without its share of loose ends (there are plenty) and cheap fakeouts (that most modern moviegoers should come to expect by now) and the cliffhanger ending is sure to spark many a late-night fanboy debate. What is certain is that this movie is going to cause rabid mixed reactions which could range from pure anger to uncontrollable sobbing to absolute shock. I have my own theory about what’s going on here, and so will you.

I can count on one hand the number of big-budget action films that have succeeded in completely satisfying me but also left me longing for more. “Avengers: Infinity War” is that very rare breed, a highly-anticipated movie that hasn’t been oversold by its marketing. ‘Go Big or Go Home’ might as well be the film’s tagline, and finally Marvel brings it. This is spectacular entertainment and one of the best movies I’ve seen this year.

Be sure to stick around for the stinger after the final credits. You’ll be treated to what is arguably the very best final line ever spoken in a Marvel movie.

24 comments

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait for everyone to see if so I can go back and add a few things to the review. Stay off social media, you’ll thank me for that tip. I was shocked at what a great movie this is. Thanks for commenting!

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  1. I’m not seeing this until tomorrow night…am very disheartened to learn that I will once again be forced to sit through allllll the credits. I get off work at 11pm, the movie starts at 11:10pm, so you know how late I’m going to be there!

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  2. Awesome review. Just saw this movie last night. Absolutely loved it. It was such an amazing film that kept me on the edge of my seat. Personally, i loved where the movie ended.

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  3. Great review!
    I totally agree with you about the emotionally devastating parts of this movie. I don’t think I have ever gone through as many emotions watching an MCU film than i did with this one. To add that emotional aspect to a big budget, effects heavy popcorn flick is a major feather in the Russo Brothers’ directing cap.

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  4. Good stuff! I think you are right about this film not being too divisive, it was truly a good flick without too many mixed feelings by the audience (who freaked out over Ready Player One, and do I even need to mention The Last Jedi?), regardless of it’s grim tone. The trolls will always seem to find an avenue though to complain 😊

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    1. Yep, I expect the chorus of complainers to start sometime this week and just grow louder. Usually happens when audiences love a movie and it breaks box office records. Absolutely loved “Infinity War” and can’t wait to see it again.

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  5. Solid review! How surprisingly good was Thanos. Wasn’t expecting so much depth from a Marvel antagonist. I think he was the biggest stand out from this movie

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      1. yeah that’s true, but what made him special I reckon was his humanity and how relatable he was. not this untouchable figure. like we could relate to his love for gamora/daughter etc. 🙂

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    1. The box office success is astounding. The budget for actually making the film is rumored to be somewhere in the $300 million range. I believe it because it’s loaded with talent and is a great looking movie.

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  6. This is a great review, Louisa! I liked how you provided thorough explanations for why you liked this movie! Personally, I thought Avengers: Infinity War was good. But, because of the ending, end credit scene, and it was more of a “first-part” movie than I had hoped, I think the movie could have been better. I also reviewed Avengers: Infinity War, so please check it out if you get the chance!

    https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/take-3-avengers-infinity-war-spoiler-free-review/
    https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/take-3-avengers-infinity-war-spoiler-zone-review/

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