Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
The villain Thanos contends that Earth and the universe is becoming overpopulated, and hence claims that for him to commit GENOCIDE is a merciful act in the best interest of Earth and the universe.
Robert Downey Jr. … Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson … Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Chris Evans … Steve Rogers
Josh Brolin … Thanos
Chris Hemsworth … Thor
Sebastian Stan … Bucky Barnes / White Wolf
Zoe Saldana … Gamora
Tom Hiddleston … Loki
Benedict Cumberbatch … Dr. Stephen Strange
Idris Elba … Heimdall
Chris Pratt … Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Paul Rudd … Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Vin Diesel … Groot (voice)
Jeremy Renner … Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Benicio Del Toro … The Collector
Paul Bettany … Vision
Bradley Cooper … Rocket (voice)
Gwyneth Paltrow … Pepper Potts
Jon Favreau … Happy Hogan
Mark Ruffalo … Bruce Banner / Hulk
Peter Dinklage …
Angela Bassett … Ramonda
Don Cheadle … James Rhodes / War Machine
Chadwick Boseman … T'Challa / Black Panther
Elizabeth Olsen … Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Anthony Mackie … Sam Wilson / Falcon
Karen Gillan … Nebula
Tom Holland … Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Linda Cardellini … Laura Barton
Pom Klementieff … Mantis
Letitia Wright … Shuri
Dave Bautista … Drax
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Anthony Russo—“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), “You, Me and Dupree” (2006)
Joe Russo—“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), “You, Me and Dupree” (2006)
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“Avengers: Infinity War” takes place immediately following the events of “Thor: Ragnarok.” Following the destruction of Asgard, the powerful Thanos is seen interrogating Thor as to the whereabouts of the Power Stone. Thanos’ mission? To acquire all six Infinity Stones and wipe out half of humanity, so only the proper half of humanity remains, in order to provide a proper “balance” to the galaxy. Naturally, Thor is unwilling to give away the location. Loki, however, is more than willing. As Thanos leaves, he launches Bruce Banner to Earth (no longer The Hulk due to, for various reasons, the inability to change into The Hulk anymore.)
Banner arrives on Earth in Dr. Strange’s New York City mansion with a warning: Thanos is arriving to retrieve the remaining Infinity Stones at any cost. Dr. Strange and Banner proceed to recruit the other Avengers in an effort to stop Thanos before it’s too late. Will Earth’s mightiest heroes be successful? Or will the task prove too great for even the Avengers to handle?
It’s been 10 years since Disney acquired the Marvel Studios franchise and over the course of 19 films based on a variety of superheroes that one might think have nothing in common with each other, all has been leading up to this latest installment… “Infinity War.”
When Disney created their first Marvel film, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” I thought to myself, “There is NO way I want to go anywhere near this franchise! It’s run by Disney?” But then they surprised me in ways I truly wasn’t expecting. They made the impossible possible, as only Disney does in cinema. They took the time and patience to make sure every aspect of their transition from comic book to film was right, and what they created was something spectacular. It was as if Disney had created a living-breathing comic book on screen. In my opinion, all of the 19 films that have made their way into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) pale in comparison to the triumph of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
To be fair, “Avengers: Infinity War” (and this is from someone who has seen all the Avengers films) is different than its predecessors and even from some of the other films in the MCU. Contrary to it’s title, “Infinity War” is not so much about the WAR as it is about character and plot development leading up to the war. As such, fans of the MCU franchise will need to be VERY patient with the first 90 minutes of the film, as there is a lot of dialog involved, with only moderate moments of action thrown in to break it up. It is during the final act, however, where the pacing REALLY speeds full steam ahead, and there is virtually non-stop action-a-minute sequences that eventually lead to the ultimate battle taking place in Wakanda.
I commend the directors for providing each character with an appropriate amount of time for development from their previous films. This is not an easy accomplishment considering there are over 12+ main characters in the film! The plot, overall, is strong. My only issue is that because the Avengers split up into different groups and travel to different parts of the galaxy, it becomes difficult to remember who is doing what task and how that task relates to defeating Thanos. As I said, the pacing, while not overly slow, did drag in a couple areas.
VIOLENCE: My biggest issue with the film is the violence. You’re thinking, “It’s an action film! There’s violence!” Yes, of course. But, in “Infinity War” it occurs FAR more frequently than in the previous films, and some of it is WAY more graphic. For example, main characters are seen being impaled straight through the chest with spears. We watch Thanos order his children to execute the citizens of Titan (off-screen) in the presence of a young Gamora (she does not see it, just hears it). In another scene, Thanos throws someone off a cliff, and we watch that person fall to their death and see their corpse at the bottom. We watch Thanos pulling on Nebula’s robotic parts as she screams in pain. Dr. Strange is tortured by sharp needles (thankfully very brief and not too graphic). We witness dead corpses, and bodies are seen disintegrating.
LANGUAGE: The profanity count is up compared to previous films: “Swear to G*d,” “My G*d”, “Oh my G*d” (5), “Oh G*d” (2) “G*d” (4), “h*ll” (7), “d*mn” (5). Vulgar/crude language includes: “m*ther-f…” (incomplete), “Chill the F out” (“F” representing the f-word), “F-er” (short for the f-word), character raises middle finger to villain, “a**hole,” “d**che-bag,” d-hole [combination of douche bag (d-bag) and a**hole), “junk” (referring to male genitals), “acorns” (again, referring to male genitalia), “nut-sack,” “booty call,” “b*stards,” “sc*ew,” “scr*wed,” “p**sed,” “dip-sh*t” (4), “bull-sh*t,” “cr*p” (2), “sucks.”
NUDITY: Some cleavage bearing outfits are worn by female characters, and there are some shirtless males.
SEX: Three scenes include brief kissing.
In the film, Thanos states his motive for acquiring the Infinity Stones is to provide proper balance to the galaxy. In essence, he wishes that only those should survive who are deemed good enough to exist—based on his personal opinion or that of the universe or whatever higher being he believes in. This is a very dangerous mindset—one that, if we look at history books, has led the world into some very DARK times.
If Thanos knew anything about how the universe is truly run, he would know that God loves all of humanity, even those Thanos believes are “flawed.” The truth is, we humans are all flawed.
But remember, true children of God…
At the conclusion of “Infinity War,” many in the theater fell silent… speechless. Some were waiting for the very famous, post-Marvel-movie extra scene at the end of the film which, YES, there is one at the END of the credits. As for myself, I just sat there stunned for an entire minute. “Avengers: Infinity War” is a spectacle to behold, a film that honors its predecessors and is worthy of the fans that will flock to see it. If you haven’t seen the previous 18 films and want to see this one, my suggestion—apart from re-watching all 18—is to find short summaries on-line before viewing “Infinity War,” as you may not be able to fully enjoy this film otherwise.
Bear in mind that there is a LOT more violence to contend with this time around, and the bad language count is a lot higher than last time, so, parents, please consider this when deciding whether to expose your children to this movie. Overall, I think this film is relatively safe for young adults and possibly older teens (at the discretion of the parents).