MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Ohhhhh weeeeeeee!  The culmination of the 18 Marvel movies that led up to it, Avengers: Infinity War was released this past weekend and is currently breaking box office records.  Its a movie of reunions, characters coming together for the first time awesome fight scenes, learning when to let go and bawling your eyes out at the end.  I’ve seen this movie twice and I usually get bored going to see a movie twice because for the most part I know exactly whats going to happen, but this time around, I enjoyed it just as much as the first time.  Off the top, this is a top 3 Marvel movie all time.

The film is split into about 5 different storylines.  I’ll try to go into their each team’s mission, but I guess everyone’s mission is the same in the sense they have to stop Thanos.  First you have Ironman, Dr. Strange, and Spiderman.  After Dr. Strange is captured by one of Thanos’ henchmen, Ebony Maw, Ironman and Spiderman infiltrate Ebony Maw’s ship in order to save Dr. Strange and then decide to take the fight to Thanos on Titan.  Then after the Asgardian ship is blown to bits by Thanos and the Black Order, the Guadians of the galaxy respond to the call where they run into Thor literally, with their ship.  From there, Thor takes Rocket Raccoon and Groot with him to Nidavellir to make a “Thanos killing weapon,” while Starlord, Gamora, Drax and Mantis go to Knowhere to try and stop Thanos from acquiring the reality stone.  Next we have Wanda (the Scarlett Witch) and Vision who are now in love and trying to be alone and undetected in Scotland.  They are about to get beat by a faction of the Black Order, but they are saved by Captain America (who is technically Nomad now if you want to go by the comics), Black Window and Falcon.  The last storyline is Thanos who shows up in a majority of these storylines as he’s acquiring the infinity Stones.

Personally, I was blown away by the characters of Thor and Spiderman.  Chris Hemsworth has really come into his own playing the Norse god.  Admittedly, I’ve only seen two of the three Thor movies because he has always come off as a lackluster character.  But since Ragnorak, his story arc has picked up.  He found out he doesn’t need his legendary hammer to be a god.  He’s started using his sick lightning power and he’s actually pretty funny.  I’m very excited to see what he has in store for the next film, which is still untitled.

Also, I think this film solidified Tom Holland as the best Spiderman, EASILY beating out Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.  He provides that quintessential high school nerd, but also gives character that PG rated Deadpoolish character Marvel has been craving.  I’m really hoping that since Disney acquired 21st Century Fox that they really explore the idea of a Deadpool and Spiderman movie.  SPOILER ahead, so stop reading now if you haven’t seen it.  At the end, after Thanos has gotten all the infinity stones and he snaps his fingers, Peter Parker’s death may have been one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen.  The way he approaches Tony Stark as he starts to disappear for his subsequent death had me in tears.  I’ve never actually choked up during a movie, and I was walking out to my car holding back tears.

My favorite storyline by far was the Thor storyline, and I thought this movie was fantastic.  I really need to start gathering my thoughts going into this make it a coherent review, but I would have to give this movie a 9.5/10.  The one gripe I had with this was Peter Dinklage portraying a giant dwarf, it through me off at first, but on the 2nd viewing I got around it and it didn’t stand out as much as the first time I saw it.  This is definitely up there with Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

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