By Isaiah Minter | United States
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the new Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. With the movie already shattering box office records in just its opening weekend, I figured I would offer a spoiler review. Thus, for anyone reading this who has not seen the film, do proceed at your own risk.
To begin, I would rate this movie a solid four out of five stars. Seeing as my list of cons with the film is shorter than the pros, I will start with what I did not like.
As a serious Bruce Banner fan, I had an issue with Hulk appearing for just the intro scene in the movie. I understand the importance of the intro scene where Thanos hands Hulk the worst on-screen beating he’s ever seen, as it established a very dark tone early on. However, preventing the green hero from being seen for the next two hours as a result bugged me. I entrust he’ll have a larger role to play in Avengers 4, therefore I can live with his absence in this movie.
Moving on, the usage of the Dark Order in the movie represented another area of dislike for me. By the end of the movie, all four of Thanos‘s children are dead, each of them killed relatively easily. All four of them are warriors, and I wish their role was not similar to the Decepticons in Transformers: The Last Knight. While the Dark Order’s role is to some degree more elaborate, both groups offered little more than a handful of action scenes before they are defeated with ease.
Lastly, some of the comedy scenes could have been removed. Some bits stuck, others didn’t. The humor on the Milano was well-placed, but other examples, such as Star-Lord’s comedy on Titan, I could have done without. Nevertheless, I am grateful the directors don’t go so far overboard with the comedy that it displaces potential action scenes. Such was the case with Justice League.
No movie is perfect, however, I acknowledge Marvel fans who don’t take issue with any of the cons I have outlined.
Moving on to the pros, perhaps my favorite element of the movie is Thor. His entrance into Wakanda with Stormbreaker is one of my favorite parts of the movie, if not my favorite. His stint with Groot and Rocket on Knowhere I enjoyed as well.
Next, the plot was very enjoyable. Infinity War is over two hours long, and not once was I bored of the movie. I was either thoroughly enjoying an action scene, or on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. The distribution of time among the characters is well-managed, and Thanos‘s on-screen time is utilized well. By the end, he is more than just a hulking purple mass hellbent on genocide, which certainly made both his character and the movie more enjoyable.
Although it was difficult to watch Vision be pummeled throughout the film, I did enjoy his first fight scene. The entrance of Captain America and company gave me the most hope of any scene in the movie. Similarly, the major fight scenes on Titan and in Wakanda were very thrilling.
Lastly, the ending of the movie was both unexpected and spectacular. Going into this movie, I expected several members of the Avengers to die, Tony and Steve in particular. Of course, that isn’t what happened at all, as the original Avengers team remains intact at the end of the movie.
Of all the characters killed by Thanos at the end, Spider-man’s death was the most emotional for me. His final conversation with Tony wet my eyes in the theater.
For the next Avengers film, it will be interesting to see which deaths remain permanent. With sequels coming up for Black Panther and Spider-Man, it’s unlikely that those two heroes will remain dead.
All in all, this movie was a smash hit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I look forward to Avengers 4.