Avengers: Infinity War goes where no Marvel Movie has gone before, a death in the main ranks of its heroes.
Over the last 10 years movie theatres have been flooded by fans time and time again eagerly eating up the next installment of the super-hero saga. For the first time nerd culture and comic book characters became mainstream, and not only mainstream, but a worldwide phenomenon.
The newest installment of the franchise tackles one of its biggest criticisms, the lack of any sort of real stakes for its characters. In fact, it jumps right into the fray as Heimdall is killed by a spear through the heart, and Loki is strangled to death by Thanos in the opening scene. The quick change of tone, made even more intense by the lack of intro music during the Marvel Comics intro (replaced by an Asgardian distress call).
Infinity War does an outstanding job not overstaying its welcome in any one tone or location though, with so many heroes in the film, it only makes sense that they would be split up into groups from the start. Each of the three main groups does a good job at having its own tone and pace, and the actors themselves did a great job meshing in groupings we (for the most part) had never seen before.
The splitting of the groups allows the story to advance in a quick succession without seeming like characters themselves are teleporting all over the place (as this whole film is supposed to take place within a single earth day). By jumping back and forth between the heroes on earth, Thor and Rocket Racoon’s adventures, and the leftover guardians plus Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Spider-Man (as well as some incredible moments with Thanos intermixed) the story moves at a breakneck pace, which hides the fact that you are in the movie seat for 160 minutes.
As far as writing goes, the movie keeps with the witty humor that has been established in the more recent MCU showings. It is a genuinely funny movie right up there with Thor Ragnarok and Spider-Man Homecoming (coincidentally, I think all three of these movies are in the top 4 MCU movies thus far). But its not a slap-stick comedy, there is a fair share of somber moments in the film and almost every single one is delivered extremely well.
The best part about Infinity War wasn’t its well shot action scenes or banter between Iron man and Doctor Strange, it was the way it made Thanos a character you actually cared about. The MCU has had a history of very bad villain characters whose only purpose was to get beaten up by the hero in the end (see: every single Iron Man movie). Lately they’ve been on a tear with Vulture, and now they add to that with Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos in Infinity War. It’s a weird thing to say, but the writers do a great job at making a character whose sole mission is mass genocide someone you don’t hate.
My only advice after this whole thing is absolutely go see this movie, I don’t think you will regret it in the slightest.
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