“Avengers: Infinity War” ~~ A short review

This movie was everything I’ve hoped for nearly ten years. WOW! Finally, the Avengers battle Thanos, the mad Titan. And there was butt to be kicked!

How do you make a movie with dozens and dozens of characters and not short shrift any of them? Can it be done?

Well in this case, I shout a resounding, “Yes!” It can be, and it was.

For those who have been living in a cave, were trapped in an alternate universe, or have just recently woken from a coma, the plot (in very little detail) is this: In an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, the powerful Thanos on the verge of raining destruction upon the universe, the Avengers and their superhero allies risk everything in the ultimate showdown of all time. brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time,

I totally loved this movie. I love how it opened and grew and grew and encompassed each and nearly every Marvel character. The timing was terrific. At two and a half hours, it flew by…and yet didn’t. The story unwound at what I thought was the perfect pace. It never got cumbersome or boring and never had that, “Is this movie ever going to end” feel.

I was impressed that—in the midst of so much action—there was such a complex story and so much characterization. Rarely have I seen such an awesome balance for an ensemble cast that wasn’t written by Joss Whedon! The Critics Consensus at Rotten Tomatoes is, Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions. And Owen Gleiberman of Variety says, A brashly entertaining jamboree, structured to show off each hero or heroine and give them just enough to do, and to update their mythologies without making it all feel like homework.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

I will say this…. I think I agree that if you are not a big fan of the Marvel movies, you very well might get lost. It is plot and character heavy, and depends on you knowing who these people are and the events of previous movies. Michael Ordona from Common Sense Media said, “…the sheer number of characters and storylines might make it a little challenging for non-hardcore fans.” I do have to give him that.

But if you are a Marvel fan…I don’t see how you can not love this movie.

Josh Brolin as Thanos was terrific. I think I was a bit worried that he might turn out to be over-the-top, but I agree with Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times who said that, “Rarely has the seemingly unstoppable evil force in a comic-book superhero film been given such a richly dramatic background and so many scenes in which there’s actual dialogue and not just CGI-laden battle sequences.” I couldn’t agree more.

And as for all those rumors over the last year that there will be deaths? Well, come on! It is the Infinity War with a man Titan capturing the six infinity stones which give him the ability to do anything he wants with a snap of his fingers! So…ah…yeah! But also there is a part two. And one of those stones is the Reality Stone allowing him to change reality any way he wants, and another is the Time Stone, and you saw what Doctor Strange did with that. So, keep calm. We will know how it all really turns out in a year.

And before you say…a year? What? We have to wait a year?

Just remember the days we had to wait three years for the next Star Wars film. A year is going to go by very fast. And in the meantime, we have Ant-Man and the Wasp as well as a host of non-Marvel Marvel movies to tide us over. I think it will be a delight!

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