There are many movies that are worth seeing, but there are a lot of stinkers as well. My goal here is to weed out the good from the bad.
Avengers: Infinity War
After the events of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) leads the Asgardians to their new home on Earth. On their journey, they are met by Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his forces. Thanos is on his way to Earth as well, in his hunt for the Infinity Stones. He believes that the universe is overpopulated and that it does not have enough food or natural resources for everyone. Thanos is quite possibly the most powerful being in the galaxy and he goes through Thor’s ship with little effort. Now he is headed straight for earth to retrieve the Time Stone and the Mind Stone.
Thanos has spent his life conquering planets and wiping out half of every civilization he conquers, in an effort to save the universe from starvation and poverty. However, all his efforts have seen little results, because he is simply moving too slowly to make any real impact. With all six Infinity Stones, however, he would be unstoppable, and he would be able to wipe out half of the universe’s population with just the snap of of his fingers. Unfortunately, the Avengers are still separated after the clash between Captain America and Iron-Man, but they are now faced with their most difficult challenge yet. Thanos already has two Infinity Stones, and grows exponentially more powerful with each stone that he acquires. While Earth's mightiest heroes are dealing with the biggest fight of their lives, The Guardian's of the Galaxy are headed to Knowhere to retrieve the Reality Stone.
The Pros & Cons
|The Pros||The Cons|
The Avengers [ft. The Guardians of the Galaxy] (+10pts)
The Infinity Stones (+8pts)
The Black Order (-2pts)
Pro: Thanos (+10pts)
I really did not expect to be a big fan of Thanos due to Marvel's history of poorly developed villains, but he was a captivating presence throughout this movie. While most will not agree with his method's, audiences will understand where he was coming from and what he was trying to do. In his eyes, he was on a mission to save the universe. In his eyes, he knew what needed to be done and anyone that stood in his way was simply a casualty who did not see the bigger picture. He was desperate to save the universe from poverty and hunger, and while he planned on wiping out half of life throughout the universe, he saw it as mercy. Marvel usually drops the ball with their villains, but Thanos was definitely an exception, as this was almost more of a Thanos movie than it was an Avengers movie. The character got a ton of development, which made the threat feel like an Avengers worthy spectacle.
Thanos was a compelling villain, because he made sense. His means were far too extreme, but he was trying to save the universe from mass extinction. He did not care about humanity specifically, or the countless civilizations across the universe. He cared about sparing all life from living in a universe filled with fear, cruelty, hunger, and poverty. Thanos was a compelling villain, but he was also intimidating. He was definitely stronger than anything The Avengers—or Guardians of the Galaxy—had faced before, and that is without taking the Infinity Stones he already possessed into consideration. Thanos did not enjoy killing, but as far as he was concerned, the Avengers were trying to stop him from saving countless lives across the universe, so to him, the Avengers were the villains, and I thought that was really interesting.
Con: Asgard (-2pts)
It was honestly tough to find issues that I had with the movie, but one of the movie's minor flaws was in relation to the Asgardians. After Thor: Ragnarok, Thor had taken the mantle of King and was leading the Asgardians to their new home. However, this was not a Thor movie. This was an Avenger's movie, and as cluttered as the movie already was, adding all of the new Thor characters would have made it even more cluttered.
The filmmakers kind of explained away all of Thor's allies, so that they could get Thor alone, helping the Avengers. I understand why this was done, but I did not get a sense of the impact that Thor should have felt as a result of this. After the last movie, Thor had lost a lot, and I did not think that this movie gave Thor a proper mourning period. I understand that this was not a Thor movie, but it seemed like the filmmakers separated Thor from his individual story in a pretty lazy way. The filmmakers kind of just got all of the Thor "baggage" out of the way as fast as possible, and they seemed not to be very concerned with how that would affect the character.
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Pro: The Avengers [ft. The Guardians of the Galaxy] (+10pts)
I have loved all of the Marvel movies and I have been waiting for the Infinity War storyline since the introduction of Thanos in Marvel's The Avengers. That being said, I was a little nervous going into this movie due to the massive cast of heroes. Again, I loved all of the previous movies, but I was concerned that the filmmakers would understandably struggle to juggle all of these great characters. Fortunately, I thought the filmmakers did an incredible job of managing it all and they blended the various personas together seamlessly. They did this by separating the heroes into groups.
There were six infinity stones that were spread across the galaxy, so there were many different places that the heroes needed to go. The solution was to split the team of heroes into three groups. Rather than try to have a ton of big fish in a massive pond, the filmmakers split their fish into smaller ponds, so that each character could have their moments to shine. We had one group with Doctor Strange and the Time Stone, another group with Vision and the Mind Stone, and a third group going to meet the Collector and the Reality Stone. This provided a nice balance and definitely made the movie feel less cluttered than it was.
Pro: Cluttered (-4pts)
While I thought that the filmmakers did a brilliant job of balancing the giant cast of heroes as well as they did, I still thought the movie felt a little too cluttered. There were just too many characters to be able to give all of them proper focus. The Russo brothers—the directors of the movie—have said that the characters who did not get much focus this time will get more focus in the next Avengers movie—Avengers: Endgame. However, I am reviewing this as an independent movie, and in that respect, there were a few too many major characters who were left on the back burner, because there just was not enough time to focus on them all here.
Pro: The Infinity Stones (+8pts)
This should really be no surprise given the movie's title, but the Infinity Stones were a huge part of this story. The movie started with Thanos already in possession of the Power Stone (from Guardians of the Galaxy), and he was desperate to get the others. The Space Stone was in Odin’s vault before Thor: Ragnarok, the Reality Stone was with The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) on Knowhere, the Time Stone was with Doctor Strange, the Mind Stone was powering Vision, and the location of the Soul Stone had yet to be determined. This worked well, because it gave the filmmakers a reason to split up the heroes, while also making the movie really feel like the whole universe is at stake.
It gave each group of characters their own mission, while also continuously increasing the threat. Thanos grew more powerful with each Infinity Stone he acquired, and it gave both the Avengers and the audience a sense of helplessness. The threat was greater than anything the Avengers had faced before, and the stakes were higher than they have ever been. The Infinity Stones being scattered across the universe gave the movie a fun adventure feel, while also providing a ton of fun action sequences between the various characters, but it also made this a epic cinematic experience.
Con: The Black Order (-2pts)
The Black Order was a necessary group for this story, but I felt that the filmmakers kind of dropped the ball with them. Of the group, Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) was the only one that got any real focus, and I liked the character quite a bit. Ebony Maw was extremely powerful and could have given the Avengers a run for their money on his own. He was also extremely loyal and he was obsessed with Thanos, which hyped up the movie’s main villain to a god-like degree.
Ebony Maw was done well, but the same cannot be said for his fellow members of The Black Order. Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon), Corvus Glaive (Michael James Shaw), and Cull Obsidian (Terry Notary) were formidable foes, but they got no real focus. They just felt like random characters for the Avengers to fight when Thanos was not around. The little of them that we saw made me want to see more of these characters, but this cast was too cluttered to be able to focus on them in this movie.
Grade: A+ (95pts)
Avengers: Infinity War was the culmination of all the previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Over ten years, we had slowly been introduced to more and more heroes, while also learning about the Infinity Stones and what they were capable of. The hype for this movie had been slowly building for about a decade and the movie honestly lived up to it. We got a great villain with Thanos, we got almost all of the heroes that we have loved over the previous 18 movies, and we got it all with some epic action.
Not only did we get an incredible cast of heroes, we also got a menacing and compelling villain. Audiences will not agree with his methods, but they will understand his goal, as well as how desperate he was to achieve it. Thanos was a compelling villain, but he was also a menacing one. The filmmakers did the best they could with such a cluttered cast, and we got a plenty of great action sequences and plenty of entertaining banter. Marvel has had some great movies, but this was arguably their best one yet. Avengers: Infinity War was a must see movie event with iconic heroes, an epic villain, incredible action, funny comedy, and stakes higher than they have ever been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—so far.