There’s been no secret made that the all-ensemble Marvel hero franchise we adore would become dark. Countless articles with direct quotes promise this, and even the stars put quotes on the circuit. This is why it should be no surprise for a viewer to discover, ‘Infinity War’ is dark. Late though I am to the party, I still want to share my thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War.
Warning! This review will contain story spoilers and spoiler opinions.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Film Review
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is making an attempt to destroy Thanos (Josh Brolin), the man who destroyed his countrymen. Alongside him fights his brother Loki (Tom Hiddlston), who perishes at the hand of Thanos. Thor loses more than Loki and the Infinity Stone this day, he almost loses himself. But then he’s rescued by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the Guardians of the Galaxy leader. When Thor mistakes Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) for their leader, he and the raccoon strike out to stop Thanos.
Also drawn into the battle is Tony (Robert Downey Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). But what or rather who the group also needs is the one man not standing beside them. The one man Tony no longer talks to. Before Tony can call Captain America (Chris Evans), he along with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) find themselves on one of Thanos’ ships. What no one realizes is that Gamora (Zoe Salanda) has close ties to Thanos, and he’ll stop at nothing to possess the Infinity Stones.
Although ‘Infinity War’ is dark, it’s surprisingly much better than I anticipated. I knew it would be high quality, but I didn’t know it would be this likable. This is due in large part to the addition of the Guardians. Fun Marvel fact: this is their first appearance in the MCU Avengers films. It’s a memorable debut for certain. Either way, a cast doesn’t get more star-studded than this. Those I mention previously aren’t even half of the familiar faces you’ll spy.
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Also joining and returning to form the Avengers is Paul Bettany; Elizabeth Olsen; Scarlett Johansson; Anthony Mackie; Chadwick Boseman; Karen Gillan; Sebastian Stan; and many more I cannot list otherwise this review would go on (longer than it already will). The only two faces who don’t make an appearance (or it seems like this) is Ant-Man and Hawkeye. For most of the film, these characters split into two groups, so there is no one scene where essentially everyone is together. This said, I love the reintroduction to Captain America (and his ‘Civil War’) team in this film. It’s perfection. The filming, the way it’s done, the set up, everything is great. It’s also nice to see Tony happy prior to all the “bad.”
Any Marvel film is on a grand scale, and this one is no different. It follows in its predecessors footsteps and does it well. Though each MCU film seems to overdue its action sequences, I don’t remember ever feeling bored with this one. Yes, it’s lengthy, and yes, there is a great deal of action scenes, but they don’t overpower the film. Or I don’t feel as if they do. Instead, Marvel again proves why they’re my favorite with an impeccable balance of action blockbuster and human nature (characterization).
Even with flaws, this addition is something to admire. I love (most of) these characters so much, and am sorry this MCU phase is about to its end. There’s a few sweet scenes full of romantic angst, and heroes standing out and stepping up to do the right thing. If ‘Infinity War’ doesn’t break my heart, 2019’s Avengers installment will. Death and destruction are promised, and if the ending of this film is an indication, I have an idea what part of that may look like. It’s a sad prospect for this fangirl lovin’ heart, but one I feel I’ll be prepared for.
How about you: what do you think of this latest ‘Avengers’ installment?
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Content: there is death and destruction, mostly a kind of sci-fi violence. Main characters perish, often at the hand of Thanos. There may be some profanity, or a few suggestive remarks. PG13 is the rating.
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