Hi everyone! I watched Avengers: Infinity War and I am shaken. ANYWAYS, today I am doing a review of Avengers: Infinity War!
SPOILER WARNING: YES, THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS MOVIE. Do NOT read if you want to go in spoiler-free.
And yes I will allow spoilers in the comments but ONLY in this post.
Still here? Great. Let’s talk. Movie reviews are not my strengths but I really wanted to do one for Infinity War.
The movie opens with a “MARVEL STUD10S” title card, a neat nod to the 10-year anniversary of the MCU. One thing that stood out to me very strongly was the lack of music during the logos and the Asgardian distress signal at the end. It’s a pretty chilling opening and straps you in for what will be a while ride.
As you probably already know, the film follows Thanos’ attempt at collecting the six Infinity Stones, insanely powerful gems, in an attempt to destroy half the universe. The Russo Brothers described it as a “smash-and-grab” film, and it certainly feels that way. The movie is very action-driven and fast paced, and is an intense 2 and a half hours. That’s not a bad thing at all in my opinion, and I felt very engaged and on the edge of my seat throughout.
Speaking of action, the fights scenes in this movie are good. The fight scene with Scarlet Witch and Vision facing off against Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight was pretty great, and I got thrills when Captain America showed up behind the subway.
(By the way, I don’t know how on earth I managed to predict a fight between Scarlet Witch and Proxima Midnight at a subway. I only wanted to build a train.)
Another fight scene was the one with Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian fighting Strange, Tony, Banner, Wong, and Spidey for the Time Stone in New York. This fight scene was not bad as well, and I like how Strange managed to outwit Maw time and time again. Tony’s snark was great too, like when he called Maw “Squidward”. This scene was also a great intro to Tony’s new suit – I loved it when it formed out of the arc reactor!
The Titan battle scene was not bad as well. We got to see Tony’s Bleeding Edge suit in full potential, and I was impressed with how well he was able to hold off Thanos. I also enjoyed seeing all the various Avengers using their powers together to try to get the Gauntlet off Thanos (before Star-Lord messed it all up).
However, I was slightly underwhelmed by the scene where Thanos throws the moon. It wasn’t as epic as pre-movie scenes seemed to suggest.
And for the finale act, the Wakanda Battle – I was initially a bit apprehensive about this battle because I did not really enjoy the huge open-field battle in Black Panther. However, I actually enjoyed this battle a lot more than I expected. One part I loved in particular was when the Wakandan soldiers shouted “Wakanda Forever!” before rushing to meet the Outriders – it felt like a great ‘final stand’ type of moment.
I also enjoyed seeing Bruce Banner in the Hulkbuster, and am glad that it was made into a LEGO set.
And I got incredible chills when Thor, Rocket, and Groot showed up in the middle of the Wakanda battle and turned the tide!
So on the whole I really enjoyed the fight scenes in the movie! Now let’s talk about the characters.
The main character is Thanos (obviously). I think he is Marvel’s best villain so far. His motive is slightly lacking in my opinion (wiping out half the universe is honestly just delaying the problem, why doesn’t he make new resources with the Gauntlet instead?) but I appreciate the fact that he was given character development, and most of the time what makes villains good villains is that they mean well but have a fundamental flaw in their whole motive.
Also, for movies in general, I tend to empathise with the villain (I know, I’m weird 😄) and I think it’s easy to empathise with Thanos. He was ridiculed in Titan, and then his prediction came to pass, and he doesn’t want the same to happen to the universe. Furthermore, his arc with Gamora in this movie was fabulous, and I nearly cried (something I almost never do when watching movies) in the Soul Stone scene where he is forced to throw her off the cliff. It’s really heartbreaking. 😢
Now, for Thanos’ four loyal children, the Black Order: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian. I liked how there were ‘mini-bosses’ of sorts in this movie, which is a big difference from just mindless goons in the previous two movies (though we do get those here). I also liked how they were each given unique deaths instead of just being unceremoniously offed: Corvus was stabbed through the heart with his own glaive by Vision, Proxima was tossed into the thresher machines by Scarlet Witch, Ebony Maw was flung into space by Spidey and Strange, and Cull Obsidian was shot into the Wakandan shield and disintegrated by Bruce Banner in the Hulkbuster Armor.
However, there are some aspects I didn’t like as much about them. I found Ebony Maw slightly annoying, and I feel the voice didn’t really match too well – it sounded too human in my opinion and should be more chilling. Also, I thought Corvus Glaive was pretty bland. This is because each of the Order fill a certain trope – Proxima Midnight is the agile athlete, Ebony Maw is the sweet-talking sorcerer, Cull Obsidian is the brute, and Corvus should be the leader. While the first three fill their roles with no problem, Thanos functions as the leader most of the time, and thus Corvus doesn’t really have much to set him apart.
Now for the protagonists. While the directors previously said Thor got the second-most screentime in the film, newer screentime counts suggested Iron Man got more time than Thor (behind Thanos and Gamora). Anyways, I felt Iron Man was the most central Avenger in the movie.
Contrary to what some reviewers said, I loved his MK50 ‘Bleeding Edge’ suit. I really liked the shape-shifting ability and didn’t feel it was too skinny. I was also very pleasantly surprised by how long he was able to last in his fight against Thanos, once again thanks to his hi-tech new suit.
Oh, and I adored Tony’s interactions with other snarky characters like Dr. Strange and Star-Lord! It was absolutely amazing and hilarious.
“What master do you serve?”
“What am I supposed to say, Jesus?”
“Wait, you’re from Earth?”
“No, I’m from Missouri.”
“That is on Earth, douchebag.”
Now we move on to Thor. I think Chris Hemsworth as Thor was fabulous in this movie, and it did a good job of balancing the hilarious Thor in Thor: Ragnarok, and the normal Thor in the previous movies. The scene where he talks to Rocket in the pod is great, and it shows how he uses humor as a coping mechanism.
As previously mentioned, I loved it when supercharged Thor showed up in Wakanda to turn the tide – other great moments included the part where he wiped out most of the Outriders and shouted “Bring me Thanos!” I was also shocked by the fact that Stormbreaker can actually overcome the power of all six Infinity Stones, during the final confrontation scene between Thor and Thanos.
While I liked most of Thor’s scenes, one thing I didn’t like so much was when Thor gained back an eye. I quite liked Eyepatch Thor, and I feel like taking away his eye in Ragnarok only to give it back in the next movie is kind of lame.
Rounding out the Marvel trinity is Captain America, who, out of the trio, has the least screentime of the movie. I was actually surprised in a number of ways by the character, as I expected him to have a more significant role and I also expected him to die 😛 (not that I don’t like him, I just thought he would die.) Nevertheless, he does get good scenes – in particular the one where he first shows up behind the subway. Despite being kind of revealed in the trailers, it’s still a very striking shot that I really liked.
While I really wanted to see this exchange between Captain America and Thanos, I appreciated the no-dialogue scenes with Thanos walking towards Vision. It was cool to see Cap try to hold back the gauntlet (with 5 stones in it) before getting hit by Thanos.
Now for Black Widow. I quite like her new outfit in this movie, and it was nice to see her, Falcon, and Cap in a team together. However, I feel like she got very little screentime and played a pretty minor role overall.
On the other hand, I feel Bruce Banner got a fairly significant role in the film, at least at the start. While they didn’t really explore his relationship with Black Widow that we saw in Age of Ultron, I liked it when he was reunited with his Avenger buddies like Iron Man and Cap.
I also liked the interactions between him and Hulk. It provided an interesting dynamic and showed how the Hulk was afraid to come out after being beaten by Thanos.
And as previously mentioned, I liked seeing Bruce in the Hulkbuster, especially the part where he’s like “It’s like being the Hulk again!” before tripping and falling on his face.
And rounding out the OG Avengers is Hawkeye. I kind of missed him in the movie, hopefully we see more of him in Avengers 4. Maybe even as Ronin?
Now on to Vision. As one of the Stonekeepers, he naturally had an important role in the movie. He was also the last one that kept a stone from Thanos. I think his role was a bit small and it kind of felt like they injured him at the start so he wouldn’t be too powerful, but oh well. I also liked the nods to the comics with the part where he cried and where he became all grey.
As for Scarlet Witch, I like her character and I think Infinity War was a good movie for her. She had a decently significant role and I liked her arc with Vision, in particular the part where she was forced to destroy the Mind Stone (and with it, Vision).
Her fight with Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive in Scotland was good too, though I expected her to be more powerful than she appeared in those scenes.
On to another Stonekeeper, Dr Strange (oh we’re using our made-up names?). I liked his character quite a bit, and he had a good, significant role in this movie, thanks in no small part to the fact that he is the keeper of the Time Stone. I also enjoyed his interactions with Stark.
(One funny note: I like how Strange saw the future with the Time Stone, and Benedict Cumberbatch is the only actor to have read the full script for both Infinity War and Avengers 4).
Also, Wong was a nice minor character, and I like how he noped out after the New York fight 😀
Another character I really liked was Spider-Man, or Iron Spider in this movie. I liked his new suit in the movie, and was incredible thrilled when the golden waldoes popped out of the back! It was such an incredible moment.
While the new Iron Spider suit was nice, what was even nicer was the boy wearing the suit, Peter Parker. Tom Holland’s portrayal of the character is fabulous (even if he can’t stop spoiling movies 😜) and this is another great movie for Peter. I enjoyed his character interactions with Tony and Strange, and I liked how he used old pop culture references to come up with ideas (something he also did in Captain America: Civil War).
What about Captain America’s best pal, Bucky? Unfortunately I think he got kind of sidelined in the movie, with a very minor role. What he did get I did enjoy though, especially his cool gun and the interactions with Rocket.
Falcon is also another minor character. I do like his character, but he was a bit boring in this movie (and understandably so though). I liked his surprise attack on Proxima Midnight in Scotland, as well as his blazing guns in the Wakanda battle. It was also a pleasant surprise to see he now has three Redwings – an upgrade from one in Civil War.
War Machine was also pretty awesome in the movie. I liked it when we went full guns-blazing on the Outriders coming through the opening in the shield (before getting knocked out of the air by Cull Obsidian’s hammer). It was also funny when he pranked Bruce Banner into bowing in front of T’Challa.
Speaking of T’Challa, I was mildly surprised by how his role in the movie was relatively small. However, I doubt Marvel was able to predict the huge popularity of Black Panther when filming Infinity War, so this is understandable. He still had some nice scenes, though, and it was cool to see him lead the charge on Wakanda.
The Dora Milaje as a whole did not get a major role, but Okoye got some nice scenes. I liked the part where she teamed up with Black Widow and Scarlet Witch to defeat Proxima Midnight.
Shuri was one of my favorite characters in Black Panther so I was rather disappointed with how small a role she got in Infinity War. Her main role was to (unsuccessfully) try and extract the Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead without killing him, and I think her scenes in this movie were pretty lacklustre.
Moving on to the Guardians of the Galaxy now. They had a pretty striking opening with the Rubber Band Man song playing and them in their new ship the Benatar.
The not-captain of the Guardians is, of course, Star-Lord. Chris Pratt did a good job as always of playing the character, and I loved his interactions with other characters like Thor (where he deepened his voice) and Iron Man (talking about the plan).
Now, for Gamora. Man, she was one of the best characters in this movie. I liked her face when Thor talked about the Soul Stone at the start (it gave away clearly that she knew its location). Zoe Saldana did a great job acting the role.
Gamora’s relationship with Star-Lord (and the part where he promises to kill her if necessary) was great, but another arc was even better in my opinion.
That arc is, of course, the relationship between Gamora and Thanos. It was absolutely fantastic throughout and provided great depth to Thanos as a character.
The scene where he is forced to kill her in exchange for the Soul Stone is another very powerful moment in the movie. I still haven’t gotten over it.
That said, I think Drax kind of got the short end of the stick. He had one of the more minor roles in the movie, and was mostly comic relief. However, he stole the scenes he was in, especially with the lines like “WHY IS GAMORA?” and the Invisible Drax joke.
As for the captain of the Guardians (and the only one left at the end), Rocket was a good character overall.
I really enjoyed his interactions with Thor and Groot on their mission to Nidavellir. They were a really great trio and I hope to see more of them together in the future.
Groot was another endearing character. I liked his character progression (and how he kept playing on his gameboy) and the scene where he used his arm as the Stormbreaker handle was great. I also felt really sad at the end where he died as a result of the snap. Mantis was another minor Guardian in this film. She still was nice though, and was very sweet and innocent. Not many scenes but still a good character, I feel.
However, one minor character I really liked was Loki. After his character progression in Thor: Ragnarok, I think Infinity War was a good place for his arc (and life) to end.
I liked his “We have a Hulk” reference to Avengers 1, and his death was a very sad, powerful moment. “I promise you, brother, the sun will shine on us again.”
Last up is Nebula. She was pretty minor in the movie, but was still pretty instrumental in forcing Gamora to tell Thanos the location of the Soul Stone. Maybe she will have a bigger role in Avengers 4.
Now, there’s one last thing we need to talk about. The Snap.
As many on the internet have pointed out, half of the characters (12 out of 24) on the official Infinity War poster die in the movie, and the other half survive. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
However, I feel like all of the characters killed by the snap will definitely come back in Avengers 4, which does sort of cheapen the moment. Spider-Man, T’Challa, and most of the Guardians were killed by the snap, and they all have very successful film franchises, so I think they will be back. That said, I do hope all those not killed by the snap (Loki, Heimdall, and Gamora) will not come back, which will allow greater character progression for their friends like Thor and the Guardians.
On the whole, I think Infinity War was a stellar movie. It had some flaws, like the fact that the snap’s impact is weakened by the knowledge that the characters will come back, and how some characters were pushed to the side, but these flaws are not too problematic and on the whole the movie is incredibly enjoyable and fantastic overall. Definitely worth a watch (or more).
I rate it a 9.5/10.
Anyways, thanks for reading! At just over 3000 words long, this has to be my longest post yet 😛
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀