Avengers: Infinity War SPOILER-FREE Review


Run Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes 

Rating: PG-13 

Directed by: The Russo Brothers 

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Josh Brolin 


Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Captain America (Chris Evans). Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Vision (Paul Bettany). Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Falcon (Anthony Mackie). War Machine (Don Cheadle). The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Wong (Benedict Wong). Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Drax (Dave Bautista). Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper). Groot (Vin Diesel). Nebula (Karen Gillan). Thanos (Josh Brolin) is coming, and it's going to take all of these heroes (and more!) to take him and his Black Order down before he can retrieve all of the infinity stones and bring "balance" to the universe through mass genocide. This is a supersized movie to say the least, and ten years of Marvel movies have all been building to this movie. Since the first Avengers movie, when we saw Thanos in the post credits' scene, every single MCU film has been leading to this. You can read our ranking of all the MCU movies here. Was it worth the wait? Yes and no. Avengers: Infinity War is a fantastic movie theater experience. I felt every range of emotion I have, from anger to sadness to joy to fear. The biggest detractor of Infinity War (with no spoilers, of course) is the question of where does the story go from here, and the implications the ending has.

The greatest part of Infinity War is getting to see all of your favorite heroes come together. While we have seen Cap and Iron Man and Thor and Hulk all together before, there are certain combinations we haven't seen. The banter between Iron Man and Doctor Strange, as well as Iron Man and Star-Lord, is perfect. The clashing of egos and personalities makes for some great comedy and great entertainment. Thor has a nice storyline with Rocket, making their pairing perfect. I have never been a big fan of the Thor character, but this is my favorite iteration of him I've seen. He has his comedy, but he is also a serious warrior that is a force to be reckoned with. There is a great deal of comedy in this movie, and at first it made me nervous. A lot of times in Marvel movies the drama is sacrificed for the comedy, and it lessens the stakes. But that never happened in Infinity War. All the humor is on point, and it works perfectly for the scenes. Most of the humor stems from all of these characters trying to figure out who the other is, and all of them butting heads. The Russo Brothers knew when the perfect time was to sprinkle in some jokes, and when they needed to be serious, and I'm happy with the balance the film has. The action scenes are great. I don't think any of the action is on par with what the Russos do with Captain America: Civil War, but it's entertaining nonetheless. Rather than stand-out battles, like the airport sequence in Civil War, you have stand-out moments in battles, which works for a movie like Infinity War

Let's talk about Thanos. He is the main character in the movie, and we spend the most time with him. The film does so much to give Thanos depth and dimension, and to make him more than just a mustache-twirling baddie. He is the hero in his own story, and he believes 100% that he is doing what needs to be done. As revealed in previous movies, Gamora is Thanos' daughter, and that relationship goes to some really interesting places. The Russos use this relationship brilliantly for us to understand Thanos better as a character, and for us to understand his motivation. Josh Brolin gives a great performance as the character, and this villain is a win all around for Marvel. Many people are saying that Thanos is the MCU's best villain. I have to see the movie again to be positive, but right now I'd say I still rank Loki (Tom Hiddleston) over him. But I need to see the film again to be sure. Marvel has also had a problem in the past with sometimes having underwhelming visual effects. However, the CGI in Infinity War is top notch. Most of the movie is done in front of a green screen, but I never once felt like it was actually a green screen. The visual effects artists do a wonderful job in bringing these worlds and these characters to life, and sucking you into the experience. Infinity War is first and foremost an experience. This is a roller coaster of a ride, and it's allowed to be that. There isn't much character development done outside of Thanos, and that's fine considering we have 19 movies worth of character development preceding this. The Russos make it all work by delivering one great inter-character moments, and giving us awesome shining moments with each character. 

I'm not going to go into details on the ending. We will be doing a full spoiler discussion where we will go in depth on it, so you can check that out when it drops. But I will talk about how I felt about the ending. Going into the movie, there was a specific angle that I feared the film would go in. I was afraid that it would end in a certain way, with specific implications for Avengers 4. I feared this because I thought it would be stupid and would weaken both movies. To a certain extent, Infinity War does go in this direction. My first reaction was outright anger. I was pissed off that the movie ended this way, because I knew what it meant for Avengers 4, and I hated that prospect. However, after sleeping on it and thinking about it more, I feel better about the ending. I still would have preferred a revised ending, but I trust Kevin Feige. He has yet to completely fail us, and I'm sure he has an awesome idea for Avengers 4 that will only enhance both movies. Infinity War is great, but you can tell there is more to the story. Therefore, my thoughts on Infinity War will never be fully concrete until next year when I see Avengers 4. When I can see the full story, then I can say definitively whether the ending of Infinity War is genius or if Marvel made a grave mistake. 

Overall, Avengers: Infinity War is an awesome movie theater experience. It delivers on a lot of things fans wanted. The interactions between all the characters-- the clashing of egos and personalities-- is so damn entertaining to watch. All the comedy is gold, and it never detracts from the stakes of the film. While the action isn't as good as it is in Civil War, it still makes for an awesome viewing experience. Thanos is a fantastic villain, and is one of Marvel's best. The Russos do a brilliant job in giving him depth and development, which makes him an even more formidable opponent. There is little character development outside of Thanos, but that works because all of the characters have had their development in previous movies. The visual effects work is stunning, and the CGI is beautifully rendered. However, I still don't know how I feel about the ending. It originally pissed me off. However, after sleeping on it, it has grown on me. With that said, I won't be able to fully form an opinion on it-- and, in turn, Infinity War as a whole-- until I see Avengers 4 and I get to see the story in its entirety. In the end, Avengers: Infinity War is loads of fun, and it's a blast for Marvel fans. There are a lot of great twists and turns along the way. But my opinion on the film will not be concrete until I see what they do with Avengers 4 next year.

4.3/5


What do you think? Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War? If not, are you planning on seeing it? Leave your (spoiler-free) thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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