MFST Reacts: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Spoiler-Free Review
We’re following Marvel’s lead and protecting our readers from Infinity War spoilers! As you may have seen on the web and across social media, the company is using the hashtag #ThanosDemandsYourSilence to encourage fans who’ve seen the movie from spoiling it for everyone else. Here’s how a few of MFST’s entertainment team reacted to film without getting specific on anything.
Infinity War had an ending full of some heartbreaking, dare I say controversial twists that I quite frankly wasn’t anticipating. This movie in itself was already set to be a huge success with its monstrous cast but I was personally excited about the team of writers and directors behind it: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, and the Russo Brothers AKA the same people who made my personal favorite Marvel film thus far, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
So with that in mind, I knew I’d love the film, and I did. Infinity War is different than any other film in the MCU not only because of the sheer magnitude of its cast but also in its storytelling. The film bounces back and forth and shows us what’s happening in space and what’s happening on earth, which makes sense given that the stones are all scattered. The after credit scene, without giving anything away, made me upset and excited all at the same time and sets everyone up for the next movie as all Marvel movies have always done.
When I was sitting there watching the film, I had mixed emotions. I am very familiar with the comic source material, and I was very interested in seeing how Kevin Feige, the Russo brothers, and the actors would bring the story to life. I have been deeply invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man first burst onto the scene and I’ve made sure to see every film since. I, like many other people, have been waiting since Thanos first appeared in the end credits scene in Avengers to see what he would do and how he would do it.
I was not disappointed. There was so much action, so much humor and so much emotion in this film. Thanos proved to be a worthy villain, and if there has been one consistent criticism of the Marvel films it has been that outside of Loki, the villains have been subpar. Killmonger helped buck that trend in Black Panther and Thanos continues that in this film.
Josh Brolin turns in a superb performance and manages to take a character who is a threat on a cosmic level and make him if not relatable, then understandable. He brings a sense of menace, terror and even sympathy to a character whose stated goal is the extinction of half of all sentient life in the Universe.
I also think that this was the best turn Chris Hemsworth has taken as Thor. Aside from finally seeing Thanos in all his glory, Thor was my favorite part of this film. Owing to the way he was sort of revived by Taika Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok and continuing that character arc in this film, Thor was able to steal every scene he was in. I cheered multiple times when Thor was on screen.
The ending of the film left me with my jaw on the floor and I was not the only one in the theater to feel that way. There were people all around me who were sobbing openly and my wife stated that she was beyond angry to the point that she never wanted to watch this film again. I was left with the feeling that I needed to see it multiple times because I was astonished by what I saw. And that isn’t even taking into account the massive scale of the incredible battle scene that takes place in the third act of the film.
All I can say, without revealing anything about the plot or spoiling anything, is that I highly recommend this film. Even if you discount the fact that it’s a superhero film, it still tells a compelling story with characters about whom you will care deeply, if you don’t already.
I’m still reeling from the outcome of this film. I went in super nervous because the promos, all of the chatter, and the source material made it clear that the stakes in Infinity War are on a whole other level from the other films. A good superhero movie has to have more than amazing action, IW was great in that respect. Shout out to the actors, stunt doubles, choreographers, and stunt coordinators. The cast and the writing produced performances and moments that gripped me emotionally. I’m not going to lie, I teared up. I mean I brought tissues because I know how emotionally involved I get with characters and their stories.
The transitions between the locations and the characters felt a bit jarring at times, but it didn’t take away from the quality of the film. The Russo Brothers had a huge cast and they did a pretty good job of making sure they got decent screen time. I will definitely be seeing the film again and I would recommend it to anyone.