Very few film franchises can do what Marvel has done. They’ve taken an idea that had a million ways to fail, but to the surprise of everyone, has continue to succeed with hit after hit – culminating with Avengers: Infinity War.
Sure, there were several hiccups in the form of The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World, but Marvel always recalibrated and knocked it out of the park with their other films. Ever since Nick Fury showed up talking about The Avengers Initiative, audience members have been on a journey with these characters for ten years. Wow. A whole decade.
As soon as Thanos popped his signature sinister smile, the audience knew that something amazing was going to happen when the big baddie got his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet. Well, The Mad Titan has arrived and the superheroes of the MCU have drawn the line in the sand to save the universe from destruction. As viewers sit in the darkened theater, holding their popcorn closely, and sipping on their carbonated beverages, we must wonder: Was it worth it all? Let’s delve in and find out.
I’m sure that you understand what the plot is and I’m promising not to spoil it here; so I’ll just say it was simple.
The pacing of the film is where the movie falters. There is a lot going on… a lot. The movie goes at breakneck speed because of the hugely packed casting. Mostly everyone who has played a significant role in the MCU makes an appearance and in some cases, are just background characters. This part one—and sadly it must be mentioned because some people seem to forget that is a two-part movie – and has a lot going on. The film has a lot of moving parts but in no way trips itself.
There are indeed many emotional moments in the film that will hit you right in the chest and makes what happens at the end of the movie much more impactful. Trust me, you’ll be sitting in your car after the movie has ended for 30 minutes just processing what you just saw.
One of the things that really shines for this film is the character interactions. It’s really great to see all of the heroes cohabitate the same space and have great moments in their dialogue. The teams are paired up accordingly and everyone is allowed to bounce back and forward off of it each other that gives us some great entertainment between each action set piece.
The action and direction is amazing. There are a few great battles—small and grand—that make you really feel that the stakes are high. There were several close calls where the heroes barely survived by the skin of their teeth but as the rumors have been said, casualties will happen. There are two simultaneous action set pieces that must be mentioned and don’t worry, I’m keeping my promise about no spoilers. The two final epic battles take up about 30-40 of the last minutes of the film and I could feel my heart racing at every minute. Punches are being thrown, explosions are going off, super powers are matching with other super power in all its wonderful glory.
Something that had me floored was the portrayal of Thanos. Marvel has had a history of forgettable villains with a few exceptions. Thanos on the other hand, was absolutely amazing. Russo Brothers had said during interviews that this was Thanos story – and they weren’t kidding. You get a real understanding of what and why he is on the mission to eliminate half of the universe. Not to say you sympathize with him, but holy hell, it’s almost heartbreaking what he had to do to reach his goal and by the end you will have a lot of mix emotion. When Thanos used the words “dread” and he wasn’t kidding.
The Russo have done it. They were able to give the audience what we we’ve been wanting for ten years and at the same time, to bend our emotions at will, and have us begging for more. The movie was a great watch but that did not stop it from having a few problems along the way. There are many times where big impactful events occurred in the film that really don’t allow you to breath or fully digest what just happened and yet, that’s okay. We still have a journey ahead of us till we see how the heroes will win and trust me, that will put a smile on your face.