After 19 films, finally, something happens.
Superhero movies have come and gone so fast and with such frequency that they all tend to blur into one rather inconsequential mess. The action scenes so-so, the humor chuckle-worthy, the villains made out of cardboard, and the emotional connection to it all was equal to petting someone’s dog while walking down the street. Fun while it lasted, but not an important part of your day. Obviously, there are exceptions but nothing impactful has yet happened in any Marvel movie that left you shocked or on the verge of having emotions. Luckily for everyone that finally changed.
Avengers: Infinity War is the first of two movies that deal with the villain Thanos’ plot to acquire the six Infinity Stones and wipe out half the universe. Of course, the expectation of this film is to be another Avengers film with a rather dull villain with no interesting characteristics. Cause let’s be real, the first two Avengers films aren’t very good. Fortunately, Anthony and Joe Russo were brought on board to direct Infinity Wars, and just through the action scenes, you can see why they’re the best. They’re creative, they feel realistic, and they’re choreographed extremely well. Take any fight scene from this movie and compare it to something in Age of Ultron or even Black Panther. It blows them out of the water. They also directed Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, which are easily the best two Marvel films so far.
Infinity War’s task of utilizing almost all of the characters from other movies, giving them something to do, and having them play off each other seems daunting. Somehow it all works, largely due to the film’s pacing. So much happens in this movie that you could mistake it for the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are hardly any scenes that feel tacked on or filled for runtime. It truly feels like a modernized Illiad, an epic that kids will brag about seeing in theaters when they’re put in retirement homes.
Josh Brolin as Thanos is the MVP of the entire film. He’s able to come across as despicable, egocentric, and merciful in the most twisted way possible. Through all the CGI he seems just as real as anyone else onscreen. Thanos isn’t all talk like most villains and is actually smart and able to get shit done. By far the most formidable villain in maybe any superhero movie. Him talking about mercy makes your stomach turn in the same way that Joaquin Phoneix was able to do in Gladiator, which is an impressive feat to pull off.
It’s not a perfect movie by any means. Some characters are given a lot more to do than others, not all the jokes land, and some of the powers shown in the film are used so inconsistently you wonder why the fight wasn’t over after the first 5 seconds. I for one love the ending and it makes me even more excited for the next film. I admire the balls on Marvel for once, but I’m familiar enough with comics to know that no one is dead forever.
Calm down, people.
Overall Score: 4/5 Stars
I swear I don’t only review superhero movies. My Top Films of 2017 list is almost out, and it’s only May. I’d say that’s pretty good progress.