“There was an idea called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could.” -Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
Ten years, eighteen movies later and here we are, Avengers: Infinity War. With the promise of tragedy looming we finally see the beginning of an end to all that has been building for a decade. Heroes will band together and face a foe more fierce than they could have ever imagined. Even with the knowledge that another Avengers film is on the horizon Infinity War still has the feeling of ultimate finality. Everything that transpires feels like the end and I can’t tell you without lying that this is a happy ending.
Of all the obstacles we’ve watched these heroes triumph over, The Mad Titan known as Thanos is unquestionably their most formidable and complex adversary ever. He is a villain that is equal parts evil and understandable in his quest for balance in the galaxy. His plan for galactic harmony is the annihilation of half of all existence throughout all planets. His desire for harmony is understandable but of course the mass murder of billions if not trillions of lives is nothing short of diabolical and insane.
I believe this is one of the best formulas for a fascinating villain; one that is just as evil as they are relatable. Even at his most violent he is instilled with reason behind his actions no matter the severity. The Joker is a prime example of chaos meeting reason while leaving the audience torn between the villain’s demise or survival. In the end the villain should absolutely be stopped but from a truly genius foe there is left behind a sense of remorse; a reluctance to outright call a victory a victory because at the end of the day what has really changed? As with Ultron and Thanos alike their ultimate goal was peace even if their chosen paths were paved with blood and mayhem.
I think a wonderful aspect to all MARVEL movies made so far is all the heroes tendencies to mess up, to make things worse and far more complicated. No matter a man in an metal suit or a god from another realm, they all show a certain amount of humanity. When they succeed they are truly everybit of the mythos that surrounds them but when they fall it is a moment of clarity and self evaluation for them, something we are all familiar with. I believe it is in their failures that the truest versions of their superhero selves truly finds the power to persevere.
This will leave you in awe both from its ambition and its bravery. Decisions were made that will anger many but done so with purpose; out of necessity to progress such a complex storyline forward in as much a logical direction as possible. Somehow in a slim two and a half hours an entire world of laughter, tragedy, triumph, loss, character development, and so much more all find their place. I think my biggest appreciation for this film is the swift takeoff it manages while never touching the ground for any kind of break. It is relentless and before you know it the movie is over. I believe that because of so many entertaining moments the film absolutely flies by at breakneck speed. I promise, it may be the longest MARVEL film yet, it goes by quicker than any before it. If time goes by faster when you’re having fun then I haven’t had this much fun watching a movie in a long time.
Avengers: Infinity War did exactly what I wanted it to, it circumvented all my expectations and delivered a massive, heartbreaking superhero epic that did what it wanted to and hoped that everyone followed along for the last leg of a ten year journey. This movie will divide and piss off and I for one love it for that. This is the end of our beloved heroes as we know them, it shouldn’t be easy to watch and the ending should not be simple. There is of course one final chapter coming next year but until then the end of everything already seems to be here. With Infinity War names are scratched off the list like they were groceries. As expected Thanos isn’t one to play around and his presence is felt from a very heart wrenching beginning to a seemingly tragic ending. As much fun as this film is, the clouds are definitely overhead.
Infinity War is a culmination of powers earned and countless hours of training leading to one ultimate confrontation demanding every ounce of their strengths both physical and mental. This is the series finale of a movie franchise that aims to completely change the landscape for all future films under the MARVEL Studios banner. Until Avengers 4, Infinity War will more than suffice. It is every bit visual splendor as it is devastating storytelling. This is one giant sign saying things, all things, are about to change. Brace yourselves.
Rated PG-13 For: intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references
Runtime: 149 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle
Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4.5/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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