My Not of Review of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (SPOILER ALERT.)
So what are we talking about here?
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. (2018) Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Screenplay by Christoper Markus and Stephen McFeely.
What's it about?
From the IMDB page.
"As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain." Written by Marvel Studios
Uh, could you put that in non-IMDB speak for me?
The Big Bad Thanos thinks the universe is too crowded so he needs the Infinity Gauntlet to murder half of everyone to restore balance. For that, he needs the six infinity stones to go with the Gauntlet
Wait. Why does he have to kill everyone? Can't he go to planets and consult about Agricultural Infrastructure or family planning?
I don't think that's a thread you want to pull on too hard.
But it makes no Goddamn sense? Why murder billions when you could just plant wheat or hand out space condoms?
Because he's the bad guy and he needs to do bad things. That's how these superhero things work. Also, in the original comic book arc, Thanos wanted to kill half the universe because he wanted the love of the physical manifestation of Death.
Can I just say that motivation actually makes more sense? That image of Death in the Wiki is Smoking Hot!!
I'm just saying, there are members of my family I'd ice for a shot at her.
Can we just move past this?
Fine. What's good about this movie?
A whole heck of a lot. McFeely and Markus managed to deliver a script that has over sixty characters and yet, feels less crowded than AGE OF ULTRON. The Russos' keep things moving briskly for the two and a half hour running time and deliver on the big moments. And the entire cast looks like they're having the times of their lives. Particularly, Chris Hemsworth who's gotten more interesting as the films have figured out how to properly weaponize his comedy chops.
What's not so good?
The Alan Silvestri score is more serviceable than memorable. ( Although the AVENGERS THEME is growing on me.) And as with most Marvel movies, I wish Jerry Goldsmith was still alive to score these things because he'd make a fucking banquet out of them. And the potency of the ending was undercut by the fact that a good chunk of the characters flamed by Thanos have sequel deals in place.
Holy crap! A lot of them do die in this thing, don't they?
Loki, Gamora, Vision, Doctor Strange, T'Challa, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Peter Quill, Drax, Maria Hill, Nick Fury...
Wait, Fury's in this?
Post Credit Stinger.
And those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. I'm certain I'm missing a couple.
But you know they're coming back, right?
That's the thing that undercut the ending for me. My awareness of how Marvel works and what films are on tap for Phase Four had me mentally ticking of who was coming back and who wasn't and trying to do the math on who stays dead. All while I was still crying, by the way. BLACK PANTHER made a Billion dollars worldwide. You know Disney's not cool with T'Challa's death sticking.
Having said that, you know there's a good chance a lot of them aren't coming back because, if they all do, it's a cheat. And to be honest, even though I have nothing but love for Zoe Salanda, I'd be fine with Gamora not coming back because that just makes things more interesting for Quill in GUARDIANS VOL. 3.
Provided, of course, Quill comes back.
Dude, that's cold-blooded!
That's storytelling. If everything in a story goes smoothly, you have a boring story. Not every story requires killing a character but if your main baddie wants to kill half the universe, you're gonna wind up with some hats on the floor.
Bottom line it for me. Is it worth getting out of the house for?
Depends, if you're a casual Marvel Fan, you'll enjoy it. If you've never seen a Marvel Film, you may enjoy the crash and bang of it but it's not going to hit you on an emotional level.
If you're a hardcore Marvel fanboy, the question is moot because you've already seen it three times.