Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War
On April 26th, 2018 it finally arrived. Every single Marvel movie from Captain America: The First Avenger to Black Panther, have all hinted at the purple super-villain, Thanos, and he did not disappoint! Most of the heroes of the MCU appeared and I was surprised by some of their deaths in the movie. I thought this movie was spectacular and I believe it did not fall into some of the common issues Marvel movies typically have.
Before you go see this movie, you should see some of the following MCU films before you see Infinity War, to see what each of the infinity stones and get a basic idea of the story so far:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Thor: The Dark World
- Thor: Ragnorok
- The Avengers
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 and Vol 2
- Dr. Strange
- Civil War
Don’t worry, I will try to avoid spoiling the movie, no promises so come back and read this review later.
Avengers: Infinity War Trailer
Individual vs Collective: Throughout the film, the eternal clash of individualism vs collectivism has appeared throughout the film, at least when I watched it. The main difference between each ideology is what each considers important; individualism believes that the individual should be the primary concern of governments, whereas collectivism states that the needs of the collective should trump the needs of the individual.
I see this theme appear when the heroes are debating whose lives they should sacrifice to prevent Thanos from fulfilling their goals. I also think that Thanos is a staunch believer of collectivism since he wants to kill half the universe to save the collective from the fate of Titan.
Malthusian Theory: Although this theory is not openly stated in the movie, Thanos does bring some mention to it throughout the film. Malthusian theory was created by English economist and demographer, Thomas Malthus. His theory dictates that the human population grows at a geometric rate, whereas food production increases at an arithmetic rate.
Malthus believed that preventive checks, such as couples delaying having children, would be most effective against an exponentially increasing population. He also believed that famine, disease, and war, would also play a role in slowing down population growth.
Throughout the film, Thanos does mention that his solution to the problem of exponentially increasing populations in the universe.
Acting: The cast did a phenomenal job in this movie. Josh Brolin did particularly well as the Mad Titan, Thanos.
Cinematography: I am no expert at this, but I thought the cinematography for this film was excellent. Unlike previous movies, this one had the fights between the hero and the antagonist in varied, colorful set pieces, from the capital city of Wakanda, to the desolate landscape of Titan.
Thanos: Apart from Killmonger, and Loki, most of the MCU’s villains have been forgettable, since almost all of them want to destroy/rule the world because… they are evil. However, Thanos was portrayed as a sympathetic villain, he did not view himself as evil, but as a hero who is forced to do heinous deeds to save the universe from the fate that befell Titan.
Post Credit Scene: Along with the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, fans of the Marvel Cinematic universe also expect to see a post credit scene hinting at another movie. This movie is no exception, though it seems as if the wait for this revelation was a bit longer than it usually was. As usual, the scene did not disappoint, and it foreshadowed the Captain Marvel movie, which from what I heard, will take place in the 1990s.
Avengers: Infinity War
Children of Thanos/Black Order: However, the Children of Thanos\Black Order, fell into the same category of forgettable villains, such as the Iron Monger and Malikith, leader of the Dark Elves. They were not even introduced during the movie, they just appeared and fought the heroes. Even a scene, where Thanos says their name as they appeared would be helpful. Though Avengers: Infinity War did do a decent job in making the Black Order appear powerful, I also think that a brief foray into the origins of the Black Order would have cemented them as a force to be reckoned with.
A bit too much Bathos: According to dictionary.com, bathos is “a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax” Or “insincere or excessive pathos”. In the context of the MCU, we usually see bathos when one of the protagonists makes a joke during climatic moments of the movie. Although, this is usually done well, it can be excessive.
I thought, this was especially the case for a significant part of the movie. This was especially the case, when most of the guardians of the galaxy, Ironman and Spiderman, were trading quips with each other, as they were figuring out a way to take the gauntlet from Thanos.
It became much more balanced near the end of the film, but all in all, I thought the humor was a bit excessive.
Music: Overall, I thought that the music for this movie was forgettable apart from the Rubberband song and the Avengers theme. This may be more because I am a rock ‘n roll fan and I prefer older pop music (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. I and II soundtracks).
Marvel's Bathos Problem
All in all, I think that Avengers: Infinity War is a fun movie for everyone to watch. It does a spectacular job of showing Thanos as a sympathetic character and cramming all the heroes of the MCU in one movie. The cast did a magnificent job and I am glad that Marvel decided not to portray Thanos’s comic book love for death. I look forward to Captain Marvel, Infinity War II and anything else the Marvel Cinematic universe has yet to offer.
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