I can tell you right now that the bottom line of this review is, "GO. Go see Avengers: Infinity War on April 27." The bigger question is whether you'll go see Infinity War more than once in a matter of a week's time. If you know you're the type of movie-goer that will watch your favourites repeatedly in theatre, you might as well book your tickets now for both (or more) viewings.
There is SO MUCH that I want to flail over with you right now, words that I would love to use to exclaim about how this movie will mess you up. I am eager to write up a thesis on the inner workings of this new installment for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But, I can't. Not yet, at least. No spoilers here, except maybe a few press images of Avengers: Infinity War that were released a month or so back from Marvel.
Like this one...
I brought a notebook with me with the intent of writing down review ideas while watching the two hours and forty minutes long saga.
I managed to write down four very quick thoughts. Simple words really. The thing I realized during these moments, is that you really can't look away from the screen or you might miss something crucial. I'm kind of impressed that my writing blindly was kinda legible in the end.
At perhaps a mere minute into the movie, my first line was, "Doesn't pull (any) punches."
Avengers: Infinity War really doesn't. Depending on how invested you are with certain elements of the MCU, you just might want to bring some tissues.
This action-packed, emotional roller-coaster continuously left me breathless throughout.
Next word that I wrote maybe 20 minutes into the movie was, "Creepy," when Marvel did an excellent job of thrilling suspense. MCU films are all kinds of jaw-dropping action, but I don't think they've ever accomplished suspense as well as they did here.
With that in mind, this is maybe not a movie for kids. Definitely not for little kids.
While it doesn't roll into horror, there are some freaky scenes that may leave a child in tears and confusion.
It was likely more than an hour later when I wrote the word, "Intense."
Avengers: Infinity War is one big intense-fest. There are a few brief moments of foreshadowing that will make you squirm, when you realize what the outcome might be.
My last written thought was, "They're all Titans."
Which is when I appreciated how crucial every superhero in this movie was. They all hold a lead role against Thanos.
When Impossible Turns Into I'm Possible
This movie is about Thanos, the Mad Titan.
I have to admit, I never truly appreciated Thanos in comics. I felt like he was the impossible character.
Granted, superhero comics are all about impossibilities coming to light, but I still like my comics to maintain even a smidgen of sensible reality. Thoroughly bent physics, but not completely broken.
And, from what little I've read of Thanos in comics, he never really provided that bit of sense I would need to hold on to.
Ultron, a super-computer AI, bent on saving the Earth that his creator loves so much by eradicating its biggest plague; aka humans. Is in many ways a plausible concern for us today. One that we could eliminate now if we cared to, but are instead happily skipping along to our doom.
The Red Skull, his #LifeGoals for world domination had merit.
Loki, a lost boy, who wanted to pwn the throne.
They were all varying levels of evil, but the kind that one could overcome. Especially doable with superpowers at hand.
Thanos, though. The Mad Titan who willfully murdered countless lives out of love. While the poetry behind his creation is beautiful, how do you defeat a villain that can change reality with a mere thought?
That's the impossibility that I usually can't stand nor understand.
Every time we would see Thanos beat in a comic book (or cartoon, heh), I would think, that's impossible. #BoldedFrownFace
But, MCU's version of Thanos? Absolutely breathtaking. They took the impossible and turned it into a chilling plausible reality.
Personally, I believe it was the perfect way to answer, how can good win when evil is desperate to hold all of the cards?
Avengers: Infinity War has the ultimate answer for you.
I walked away with an incredible appreciation for Thanos as a villain-model.
Avengers: Infinity War End Credit Scene
Stay for the end credit scene, it should bolster you for next year's segments!
For days I've been wracking my brain, trying to come up with another movie that gave me so much trepidation.
I held my breath while walking into the theatre, trying to find that perfect seat (which I lost at, because in a barely filled theatre of movie reviewers, I still managed to have someone kick the back of my chair throughout the movie. Heck, she even pulled out some of my hair when she used the back of my rocking seat to get up to use the washroom, doh.)
Feelings of excitement? Of course. The dread of sequels not being as good as the first? Totally acceptable these days. But fear? Nah. At least, not until Infinity War came about. Going by comic lore and what MCU has chosen to utilize so far, there was a lot to fear of what turns this movie would take.
Ultimately though, two hours and forty minutes wasn't enough. When the credits began playing, my brain was screaming, "A year?! We'll have to wait an entire year for more?" (Though Ant-Mant & The Wasp will be in theatres this July, so we might get a tidbit to keep up the calm until next year's Avengers installment.)
Mind you, "I can't wait that long," is what I always think once Marvel credits start rolling around, so...
GO. Go see Avengers: Infinity War on April 27.