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Avengers: Infinity War

The culmination of the last ten years of Marvel movies, the moment that all these interconnected stories have been building up to, satisfyingly delivers.  This is a relief for everyone who has some level of investment in this franchise.  Its the biggest crossover since Cartoon All-stars to the Rescue, and it is quite the spectacle.

Somehow they managed to pack in pretty much every superhero, and a few villains, from the previous 20 or so movies into this one story.  And it works.  Each character gets their moment and few feel too shoehorned in.  Whether its Spider-man and Iron Man jamming out on a spaceship, Captain America visiting Wakanda, or Thor at his most desperate, there is lots going on in this movie.  The stakes are raised right off the bat, and only increase as it goes on.  And oh yeah, the Guardians of the Galaxy finally get to interact with the Avengers, which is pretty great.

Thanos turns out to be the most menacing of the Marvel villains thus far, which adds to the impact of this whole extravaganza.  He’s layered and motivated while also being fundamentally threatening.  After having a bunch of Generic villains like Ronin and Yellowjacket, Thanos is a refreshing foe.

Now I’m going to get into where I feel the film’s weakness lies, but it will get into spoilers, so:

*SPOILERS AHEAD

There are some pretty big moments in Infinity War, including a pretty devastating beginning where Thor’s entire civilization is wiped out, including his brother.  We also get a rather great story-line which brings Gamora and Thanos back together.  But then we get to the very end of the movie, which is reminiscent of The Leftovers.  Now, the stakes have already been raised, but at this point maybe they are too high?  It felt like things got really, really heavy, beyond the bounds set by this franchise.  There’s a small interaction with Spider-Man here which I think exemplifies this.

And there is the additional problem that the ending must clearly be reversible in the next movie.  So the emotional impact of this is undercut by that knowledge, but it also undercuts the impact of the more dramatic moments earlier in the film as well.  I’m pretty sure only the events caused by the Gauntlet itself will be reversed, which means Loki and Gamora’s death will remain, but the power of those lost some impact where its suddenly every other character.

It was a pretty downer ending.  It was affecting though.  And it was able to actually give a rather shocking climactic moment to the biggest superhero spectacle to date.

8.5/10

 

2 Responses to “Avengers: Infinity War”

  1. Can you please watch the korean movie The tunnel.


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