I can’t believe it took me a week to see this flick. Maybe my reputation as the Internet’s greatest nerd is ill-deserved.
BQB here with a review of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Where did the past 10 years go, 3.5 readers? I remember watching “Iron Man” in 2008, thinking Marvel was really onto something here and, well, if only I could time travel back 10 years, take the seat next to me and give myself some advice on how to negotiate the next decade.
Oh well. No use crying over spilt milk.
Speaking of not crying, we have a seasoned cast of superheroes now, and damn, there are a lot of them. You’ve got the Avengers…the various hangers-on who help the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the assorted interlopers who mingle in these worlds…you’ve got a lot of characters. Is it too many? Maybe not.
After all, this film is our reward for sticking with the franchise for so long. Once you watch the individual films, as well as the group get-together films, you spend a lot of time with these characters, getting to know what makes them tick, and thus films like this are possible, i.e. where the individuals come and go, make their entrances and exits and you understand their motivations by now.
There was a brief moment in the beginning where I wondered if this whole spectacle hadn’t jumped the shark. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older but when you really think about it, I mean, seriously…you’ve got a man in an iron suit, a Norse God, a green monster, a patriot, a computer man, a witch, wizards, a spiderman, a cat man, a flying guy, another guy in an iron suit, a lady assassin, a band of space pirates and their talking raccoon…WTF? How do these all fit together?
At one point, I was like, “Wow. There are way too many Avengers. Like seriously, I can’t keep up with all these Avengers. There is a ridiculous amount of superheroes on screen right now.”
Somehow, Disney/Marvel makes it all work. In past movies, we’ve been teased with an impending Thanos (Josh Brolin) attack and it pays off big time here, as he’s the villain to end all villains, the big bad that the Avengers et. al. will have to throw everything at, including the kitchen sink, the toilet, the toilet paper, the plunger and so on.
It’s an intergalactic battle royale featuring different planets, different locations on Earth, different bands of heroes duking it out with different bands of Thanos’ cronies, all in the name of gathering the infinity stones, which the infamous ne’er-do-well hopes to use to engage in acts of evil-doery across the cosmos.
There are touching moments, hilarious moments, humor, laughter, suspense and I don’t want to give it away but Disney/Marvel does go in quite an unexpected direction, one that defies the typical ending of these films and perhaps when all 3.5 of you have had a chance to see it, we can discuss it further.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Kudos to Disney/Marvel for keeping this franchise alive, still going strong, still being as magical as ever. Thank you to all the actors who didn’t let fame go to their heads and bail on their recurring characters. It’s been quite a ride and I can’t wait to see what happens next.