Spoiler-free Infinity War Review

Infinity War

I’m still having a hard time processing what I’ve seen. There was so much action, so much emotional impact and so much to digest that it’s almost overwhelming. After waiting for ten years and eighteen movies, the culmination of all the character development was done in a way that I never thought would be possible.

The Russo brothers had a monumental task in trying to wrangle dozens of characters (not to mention the actors’ egos), many of whom have had at least one solo film in which they were the primary focus, and put them in concurrently supporting roles. They do an incredible job of ensuring that you don’t leave the film thinking “I wish they hadn’t spent so much time with X” or “Why didn’t Y get more screen time?” – everyone gets a roughly equal share of the screen time and lines.

This was my favorite of any superhero films and I’ve been saying that over and over again. I said it after seeing Captain America: Civil War (also directed by the Russo brothers), I said it after seeing Logan, Wonder Woman, Black Panther and now this. This is partially due to the fact that 1992’s “Infinity Gauntlet” comic storyline is my favorite ever, and partially due to the collaboration between the Russos, James Gunn (director of the Guardians of the Galaxy Films) and Jon Favreau (who directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2) instead of trying to replicate their specific style and sense of humor on their own. It also was because of how well the actors have been cast in their roles.

I’m trying to describe things without really giving anything away. I do not want to spoil a single thing, because there is so much involved with this film that is so vital to what is going to happen going forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this has fundamentally changed the landscape, perhaps irreparably so. As such, I will speak about it in vague terms so as to not give anything away.

First off, Josh Brolin is amazing in his role as Thanos. He is simultaneously terrifying, menacing and sympathetic. You can relate to his motivation, if not agree with it. There is a lot of easy humor – a trademark of Marvel films. There was a fantastic line where someone is speaking to Tony Stark about Thanos’ interest in Dr. Strange’s Time Stone (contained in the Eye of Agamotto necklace) and Tony replies “He’s from space. He came here to steal a necklace from a wizard.” When the Guardians of the Galaxy come across Thor (which we have seen in the trailers) they refer to him as a cross between a pirate and an angel.

Thor is another character whose story arc was incredible. There are multiple battles that happen in various places – which makes sense because sending all of the characters to one place is a poor strategy in a battle; never send all of your resources to a single place. What Thor does is maybe the best, coolest series of events in the film, and it caused my theater to erupt in applause and cheers.

The opening of the film helped demonstrate how powerful Thanos really is. I won’t get into detail as to what that means but rest assured, it will astound you. He does several things throughout the film that will leave your jaw on the floor. Do not think that you are prepared for what will happen in this film- you are not. In my theater there was shock, outrage, and tears – someone sitting behind me was literally sobbing at the end of the film. Then you sit through the credits, trying to figure out how to process what you’ve just seen, and then the end credit scene comes up and you just sit there, wondering what you just saw, and how it’s going to shape up the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. I have some thoughts about this, but I’m not going to get into any type of spoilers or even slight plot points until the film has been out for a while and give people a chance to see it.

This film was incredible. The action happens on a scale unseen in cinema since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, especially the Battle of Helm’s Deep. The third act of this film was beyond the scope of anything I’ve ever seen in any film, be it Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or anything else. I highly recommend you see this film. You will laugh, you will cheer, and you may even shed a tear or two. But I guarantee that you will not see the ending coming. On the one hand, I wish I didn’t have to wait until May of next year to see how this story plays out, but on the other hand, by that time I might just have fully recovered and be ready for more.

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