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Avengers: Infinity War also known as “The Avengers 3: Part 1,” “The Avengers: Infinity War,” “Vengadores: Infinity War,” “Vengadores: La guerra del infinito - 1ª parte,” “Vingadores: Guerra Infinita,” “Vingadores: Guerra do Infinito,” “Avengers: Cuoc Chien Vo Cuc,” “Avengers: Wojna bez granic,” “Bosszúállók: Végtelen háború,” “Kersytojai: Begalybes karas,” “Osvetnici: Rat beskonačnosti,” “Osvetnici: Rat beskraja,” “Razbunatorii: Razboiul Infinitului,” “Tasujad: Igaviku sõda,” “Yenilmezler: Sonsuzluk Savasi - Bölüm 1,” “Εκδικητές: Ο πόλεμος της αιωνιότητας,” «Месники: Вiйна нескiнченностi», «Мстители: Война бесконечности», «Отмъстителите: Война без край»

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
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Primary Audience:
• Adults • Young Adults
Genre:
Superhero Sci-Fi War Action Fantasy IMAX
Length:
2 hr. 19 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
April 27, 2018 (wide—4,200+ theaters)
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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.

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Featuring: Robert Downey Jr.Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett JohanssonNatasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Chris EvansSteve Rogers
Josh BrolinThanos
Chris HemsworthThor
Sebastian StanBucky Barnes / White Wolf
Zoe SaldanaGamora
Tom HiddlestonLoki
Benedict CumberbatchDr. Stephen Strange
Idris ElbaHeimdall
Chris PrattPeter Quill / Star-Lord
Paul RuddScott Lang / Ant-Man
Vin DieselGroot (voice)
Jeremy RennerClint Barton / Hawkeye
Benicio Del ToroThe Collector
Paul BettanyVision
Bradley CooperRocket (voice)
Gwyneth PaltrowPepper Potts
Jon FavreauHappy Hogan
Mark RuffaloBruce Banner / Hulk
Peter Dinklage
Angela BassettRamonda
Don CheadleJames Rhodes / War Machine
Chadwick BosemanT'Challa / Black Panther
Elizabeth OlsenWanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Anthony MackieSam Wilson / Falcon
Karen Gillan … Nebula
Tom Holland … Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Linda Cardellini … Laura Barton
Pom Klementieff … Mantis
Letitia Wright … Shuri
Dave Bautista … Drax
Danai Gurira … Okoye
Kerry Condon … Friday
Winston Duke … M'Baku
Sean Gunn … Rocket Raccoon
Benedict Wong … Wong
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Director: 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)
Producer: Marvel Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company
Victoria Alonso
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Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“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.

Content of concern

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.

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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.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23

But remember, true children of God…

“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” —1 Corinthians 6:11

“…God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” —Genesis 1:27

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” —Ephesians 2:8-9

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).

  • Violence: Very Heavy
  • Profane language: Moderately Heavy
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Moderately Heavy
  • Nudity: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Occult: Dr. Strange’s magical powers
Editor’s Note: Keeping sex and nudity mild, alone, does not necessarily make a movie family-friendly, especially for followers of Christ. Disney’s ratcheting up of their level of profanity and vulgar language disturbs us, as does the very heavy violence. They appear to be pushing to the very limits of the MPAA rating system for no reason that is good. In addition, they seem to treat almost any man-made religion with some respect, but evidence disdain for the one true God, Creator of the universe, and His Word.

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Positive
Positive—I’ve watched all the Marvel and DC movies. I found this one very good, as far as entertainment goes. It was coherent, despite how many characters it has in it and was fun to watch and had humor sprinkled throughout. There was a lot of fighting and some characters/creatures were scary. However, it has a couple things which should give everyone some pause to think seriously about (Christians especially).

The first is a scene towards the middle of the movie where the identity of the heroes was questioned with, “Who do you serve?” The answer was “What am I supposed to say, Jesus?” This was meant as a joke and, indeed, I was a little put back when the entire theater erupted in laughter, even more than for other jokes in the movie. This is not a joke!

I was very proud of our 9 year old daughter, however, who looked confused and asked me, “Isn’t that what we’re supposed to say?” If you do watch this movie or have watched it, I challenge you with the same question.

On a similar note, I had a problem with Captain America saying “God” in apparent attitude of questioning his faith or why would God do this.

My other problem with this movie was the ending, so stop reading here if you are worried about a spoiler, but please read again later after watching. ***SPOILER*** It seems the movie is left in a to-be-continued-later stage, however it never states that. Many are left dead, and the way they die is akin to a Rapture-like event. Satan likes to twist things, and this makes me think of how people left behind during the Rapture will see it as a bad thing and count themselves lucky to be left behind. We are in the last days and getting closer to going home with Jesus. This movie made me think about that a lot. ***END SPOILER***

I recommend this movie with caution.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Brett, age 41 (USA)
Positive—After 10 years and 18 movies, bringing together more than 50 characters, the biggest movie of all time has finally arrived, and one must admit that they have pulled it off! The movie manages to meet expectations in every area with: a good screenplay and dialogue, appealing drama, comedy and stakes, and solid action set pieces. Most of all, there’s a great balance between characters: everyone getting at least a witty line, emotional moment or shining in action… staying mostly consistent with who they are.

Surprisingly, it’s neither trying to be impressive nor serviceable (no lazy use of call-backs to its own universe). Instead, the main focus is on the story itself, starring the supervillain Thanos who is shown as powerful, threatening, but also complex and somehow compelling. He is facing a plethora of heroes whose biggest strength is also their weakness: being human.

As a viewer, we are exposed to 2 worldviews: should we fight to protect lives and what seems right, or aim at a bigger end game and do whatever it takes? Also, in times of hopelessness and powerlessness, what do we do? Though it might take a year to see Marvel’s answers, it is worth already start thinking about those questions personally.

PS: quick fact checking: The first Marvel (MCU) movies were “Iron Man” and “Incredible Hulk” in

2008. Disney bought Marvel the next year and only started producing Marvel movies with “Avengers” (2012).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Nicolas Inard, age 30 (United Kingdom)
—Every cinematic photoplay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has led to this. There are plenty of surprises, thrills, and chills to be had. The writing, acting, directing, etc is strong. Disney has crafted a top-notch entertainment crossover that builds on their predecessors which were made before Disney acquired Marvel Studios.

Biblically speaking, there is an AVENGERS-load of violence, with little to none of it being graphic, at least one misuse each of God's Name and Yeshua's (that's one of the many Hebrew names of Our Lord), and several moderate profanities, and an unfinished f-word, and a few mild sexual innuendoes.

You would do well to re-watch some, if not all, the pictures that lead up to this film. And as always with Marvel, stay through the credits for an additional scene.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 32 (USA)
Positive—I saw this in the theatre with my girlfriend, and we both were blown away. We couldn’t stop talking about it for the next 3 days! The acting, action, and special effects were top notch. Some language is peppered throughout, so some caution to parents with younger children, as this is a PG-13 film, however older teens and adults will have a good time.

I personally don’t understand the criticism here. This film is dark yes, possibly the darkest film in the MCU, but filled with hope as well. There’s a ton of laughs and humor. I also wasn’t offended by the Jesus joke. I thought it was kind of a clever line, but not blasphemous or anything; however maybe that’s just me… People, who are complaining about the ending of this film, need to understand something, this is only part 1. Part 2 will be released by this time next year. As someone whose read the source material, “Infinity War” is an ENORMOUS story that can’t be told in one film, even if the film has quite a few changes from the graphic novel. This is just a gut wrenching ending to an amazing Act 1. I for one cannot wait to see how this ends next year for the heroes I’ve grown up with for the last 10 years. This is essentially The Empire Strikes Back of Avengers. There is hope because we still have heroes standing. Heroes that will come back to finish what the villian started… which reminds of Christ in a lotta ways and isn’t that what we all want in a movie?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Joshua, age 29 (USA)
Positive—Just finished my 5th viewing of this epic film—yes it takes multiple viewings to pick up on the nuances of the story and hear all the dialog. “Infinity War” is indeed a darker Marvel movie with a “disturbing” ending, but no less disturbing than “Empire Strikes Back” or “Back to the Future II” where you are clearly left in suspense for a year while you wait for the next installment. The fact that SO MANY died is a clear indication that many will somehow return. Several of those MIA already have individual sequels in the works.

As for Thanos winning, I’m pretty sure evil wins a lot in our world but good always triumphs, even if we have to wait till 2019 to see how.

I was surprised how many reviewers on this site made the totally incorrect comparison to the Rapture. Thanos is clearly on a misguided humanitarian mission to SAVE an overcrowded universe by RANDOMLY erasing half the population. There is no good or bad people being singled out and removed. He snaps his fingers and 50% are RANDOMLY gone.

And for those upset with the Jesus line, if some crazy wizard dude asks you what master you serve, what would you say? And what would a secular space pirate/orphan from Earth say? I think the response was perfect, realistic, and amusing enough to earn its laugh without being disrespectful.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Mark Smith, age 54 (USA)
Positive—This has to be one of the best films in the MCU. It is a far superior movie than its predecessor, “Age of Ultron” (compared to the villain in “Infinity War,” Ultron looks like a pushover). The film has almost all of the MCU’s superheroes fighting against “big bad” Thanos and his quest for the six Infinity Stones. Fans of the comics and/or the MCU should not miss “Infinity War.” The folks at the MCU took several superheroes and wove their personalities and backstories together to create a work of art that even DC fans can appreciate.

With that being said, considering the content of the film, I would not bring anyone under 12 to see this film. Surprisingly, this movie is somewhat more graphic than its 18 predecessors and it toes the line between PG-13 and R ratings, so if you’re a parent, know your kids before taking them to see “Infinity War.” See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Shannon H., age 36 (USA)
Positive—There are several reasons why this film can be considered a positive work of art and, from that perspective, as a work that is not offensive. Or, rather to say, as a person endowed with a moral compass given to me by the Lord Christ and directed by his Holy Spirit, I would have to twist the hands of this moral compass inside of my heart and mind so that it faces directions that it should not, in order that I (me personally, that is) could view this movie as a negative influence.

The goal is to be like Christ, and for anyone who may be tempted to misread the image of Christ as somehow being slashed apart, sown together in a haphazardly fashion, and finally stuffed into the character of a malevolent being on-screen is in need of a healthy view of our Savior. All of us, at times, see him vaguely. But Christ can be seen in “Avengers: Infinity War,” and yet only seen with vividness as the negation and opposite of Thanos. “Little” versions of Christ, however, can be seen in those who oppose Thanos. See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Luke, age 35 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—Action packed, yes, a few offensive lines. In particular, when Chris Pratt says “Who’s my master, do you want me to say Jesus?” That was disappointing to me considering his reputation and also most in the theater laughed at that.

Think about the final story line of this film, half of the world’s population disappears in a whim. Crashing cars, no drivers. Crashing helicopter, no pilot. Sound familiar? (can you say Rapture?)

Sadly, one more attempt by the world powers, Hollywood in particular, to set up how to explain the coming Rapture. People taken out of the world “by random.” Only the “good” remain. A villain is responsible for said “Rapture.”

The rise in the belief of aliens (physics-defying craft on our TV’s sighted around the world) is setting us up for the deception of Satan’s demons in physical form who will be allowed by God to roam the earth with humans.

It was an entertaining movie, just be sure to keep it in Biblical perspective.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Greg Walters, age 47 (USA)
Neutral—I enjoyed the movie, loved the super heroes—although was very taken back when there was a comment regarding who his master was, Jesus? The entire theatre laughed. This made me entirely uncomfortable, and I barely was able to finish the movie. The ending also had everyone gasping. I should have gotten up and walked out, but I had my niece, and she would not have understood.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Ramona, age 58 (USA)
Neutral—Being a big comic book nerd, I was excited about this movie. I’m not on the Marvel or D. C. Is better bandwagon-they all have good and bad offerings. This one, however, was above average, primarily in the first act. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly. ***SPOILER WARNING BELOW***

The Good: All characters get a fair amount of screen time for such a large cast. Action sequences are tight, and well choreographed. The cinematography is above average, especially in the Wakanda scenes. Also, having so many heroes come together and interact was a treat. You get the Phase 1 heroes like Captain America and Iron Man, plus Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. Humor is sprinkled enough to keep it from being too serious, until the final act anyway (more on that below), especially with Robert Downey Jr.’s perfect comic timing as his Tony Stark character describes exposition as only he can (“this guy is apparently from space, and he wants this wizard dude’s magic necklace”). See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Dax, age 45 (USA)
Neutral—I saw most of this film—had to go out for a couple minutes like most people. “Avengers: Infinity War” is possibly the best movie of the year. (Another possibility for that is “A Quiet Place.”) I don’t want to talk about the ending, because that is how speechless I am. Let’s just say the ending was scary.

The film obviously is offensive. You gotta be careful with the magic arts stuff, there is occult in this movie I would think in general. Even the poster really concerns me—the way Iron Man has his hands to the sides seems pretty occult-like. In the “Thor: Ragnarok” poster there was something like that too, I think, but I think that might have been the baddie doing it, even though, yes, that movie is concerning too with all the occult-like stuff—but was an awesome, retro dazzler. Use caution with Rangnarok.

However, back to“ Infinity War.” I was shocked at the sarcasm used about Jesus by Chris Pratt. I have read he is of the faith. I’m not sure if he’s Born Again. Prayers to Chris. And all. For me too, please and thanks. But, yes, that part was very offensive. I mean people were laughing in the theater about it. I do have a friend that told me that God has a sense of humor, which God does, but I doubt God is swaying with that one—or any other sarcasm used towards Him for that matter.

So this film, and I know that this sounds crazy… wait till rental. Especially if your Born Again. Which you should be. Jesus Is Our Only Hope. In fact, if you rent it, if you don’t have one, get a library card and rent it from the library.
—Stephen Matthew Jacewicz, age 22 (USA)
Neutral—I have been a long-time fan of the Marvel film franchise, and only a few have let me down in the long run. I feel as if the majority of the Negative Review section do not understand this is the first part of an ongoing plot. Evil wins temporarily in this universe, as is shown in the comics version of this story. Changes will certainly be made, but it is unfair to judge this ending based on its rather shocking conclusion.

I enjoyed the film, however, it did leave me depressed leaving the theater (even with the slight spoilers my friend gave to me before the showing… which I has asked for intentionally).

I was concerned to see young children at the showing we went to, knowing what I did about the presumed high death toll in this movie.

Regardless, I would ask people and my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ to have more faith in the directors and writers to tell the usual good vs. evil story.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Hannah, age 21 (USA)
Neutral—I just want to say that the reviewer gives wrong information about the story. In the beginning sequence, Thanos wants the tessesract which houses the space stone which was on Asgard, not the power stone. It is Heimdall who sent Hulk (Dr. Banner) to earth with his last ounce of strength, not Thanos. ***SPOILER*** …I think that it was obvious that the bad guy was going to win at the end. If you have seen previous films and followed social media, everyone knew Thanos would take the Avengers down. The questions were more like who is going to be eliminated. So many of the commenters seemed so shocked that it seems as if no one saw any previous movies. ***END SPOILER***

Finally, on a Biblical perspective, I thought that it was a bit blasphemous that they equated Thanos with God. The six stone representing six days of creation. I felt like the ending had an apocalyptic in nature. The car crashing and no one was there made me think Left Behind. The six stones were created after to big bang. I felt an eeriness about that whole piece. It seemed very end times.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Karen, age 54 (USA)
Neutral—Jesus. That is whom I serve. Imagine the uproar of blasphemy had he said Mohammed? Shame on you Disney. Shame.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Gary Grasser, age 60 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I agree with Christian Answer’s reviewer and his assessment of the amount of violence, profane and crude language in this movie, and if you are able to overlook those, then you might think this will be just another Marvel movie. That being said, I cannot recommend this movie.

The reason why I give “Avengers: Infinity War” such a strongly negative review is because of what is not mentioned: the ending. I can’t remember the last time I left a movie feeling so stunned and depressed! Especially, a Marvel movie. The reviewer hinted at it when he said, “At the conclusion of “Infinity War,” many in the theater fell silent… speechless.” It was the same reaction in our theater, along with more than a few people exclaiming, “What!?”

I understand not wanting to spoil the movie, but personally I would have wanted to know, because my wife and I left the theater with the feeling of “What did we just watch?” and “What a waste of $24 and our date night.” If you want to know, I’ll explain why we felt this way in the SPOILERS section below.

I believe one of the main reasons why so many people enjoy the Marvel movies is that they tell a classic story of good versus evil. There is struggle, there is conflict, there is loss, but in the end, good triumphs, and evil is defeated. Despite the increasing amount of objectionable content in the past Marvel movies, they have always had that somewhat redeeming quality. “Avengers: Infinity War” couldn’t be more different. There is struggle, conflict, loss, and in the end, ***SPOILER*** evil wins a crushing victory. End of movie, roll credits. It’s not even a cliff-hanger ending in the sense that you expect the next movie to resolve the apparently hopeless ending. You are left with no expectation and no hope, the bad guy wins. ***END SPOILER***
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Caleb, age 32 (USA)
Negative—I just got done watching this movie, and I would not recommend going to see it. As for all the Marvel movies in the MCU, this one has good action scenes and cool tech from the various super heroes, but the negative aspects of the film heavily outweighs the “cool action scenes” by a landslide.

There is much more cussing and vulgar language used in this film compared to other marvel movies, and the gore in this is also excessive; having to do with people being executed in the background and close ups of characters with spears through their bodies.

The strongest reason I have for not seeing this is because it is filled with lies straight from hell about what the character of God is and his role in the world. There is one scene in the movie where Jesus is mentioned as a joke of someone to follow, there are several times where the Lord’s name is used in vain. There is a reference to prophecy being a joke and not to be taken seriously, but, by far, the worst aspect is the ending. The entire plot revolves around the antagonist “Thanos” being this all-powerful God-like being who collects infinity stones so he can cast a final judgment on mankind. ***SPOILER*** In the end of the movie, he snaps his fingers and half of humanity disappears just like what will happen in the Rapture. The underlying premise is that the bad people or unworthy people are taken away while the noble ones live on due to Thanos’ judgment of them. ***END SPOILER*** This puts a very evil idea into the mind of the viewer that God is a God of punishment and revenge, seeking to cleanse the world of people that do not submit to him. This goes against everything The New Testament teaches us about salvation by Grace instead of works, and goes against the idea that God loves all his creation, and wants them to know him.

Frankly, I’m tired of the amount of blasphemous content Disney and companies alike in Hollywood have put out recently. It is clear Satan has a strong foothold in this industry, and I can only imagine the millions of people going to watch this movie who do not know Christ now have another skewed view of who God is. I pray that somehow God will use this movie to encourage people to seek the truth, and want to know more about Jesus.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Nathan, age 21 (USA)
Negative—I couldn’t believe the ending. I didn’t like the movie. It was very insulting to Christianity. It was more foul than previous Marvel movies. Too bad.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Trina, age 51 (USA)
Negative—I too found it very offensive when the reference to Jesus was made as a joke. Fortunately, not one person in the theatre laughed. I also found all the foul language offensive, and wished now that I had walked out and asked for my money back. The ending was a slap in the face of biblical truths and was such a let down. All of us in the theater were stunned and no one was excited, just disappointed. Will not see this one again or probably will not go to see the sequel, or any other Disney-backed film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Cynthia, age 48 (USA)
Negative—In a scene where The Guardians first run into Doctor Strange, I found the dialog and the reference to Jesus to be very offensive.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—David Newsome, age 45 (USA)
Negative—I have enjoyed most of the other Marvel movies. They are basically good-versus-evil plots, with little to offend along the lines of foul language or sexual content (except for Tony Stark’s early shenanigans). They have also tended to have at least one positive theme and have included characters that matured over the story arc. Although they are full of violence, there is usually some decent character development that makes you care about the characters.

Unfortunately, “Infinity War” falls short in several areas. Too many characters and too much action make for a shallow film. Apparently, the filmmakers believed that we already knew all these characters, so why bother with character development? The only character who really moved me emotionally was Vision. The rest of the movie was all a disjointed collection of typical superhero action scenes and comic relief. I was sad to see that two of the characters I like seem to be killed off permanently, but I assume many of the rest will somehow come back—they often recover when you think they’re dead, so there really isn’t much cause to be upset.

The thing I really disliked was the joke made at Jesus” expense. Others on this forum have mentioned it—when Dr. Strange asks Peter Quill whom he serves, Quill sarcastically replies something like “you mean Jesus?” A lot of people in the audience burst out laughing. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. It ruined the movie for me and made feel like I had betrayed Jesus by being there. I have no interest now in seeing the sequel, nor am I likely to buy any of the franchise’s movies, which I had looked forward to doing when finances permitted.

I had thought that Marvel respected the audience it has been cultivating by the PG-type restraint it has shown over the years. My mistake.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Lori, age 58 (USA)
Negative—I went to the movie with a good attitude. Most super hero movies are good overcoming evil, and I looked forward to viewing the movie in 3D with my husband, on our date night. What I saw last night was anything but the normal outcome. There were many typical issues with the film: extreme violence, profanity, etc. My review is about the overt, disrespect of a compassionate, loving G-d that Christians and Messianic believers serve.
The flippant comment about serving Jes-s was unnecessary. One of the female characters was named Gamora. Yes, that’s Gamora, pronounced like the lost city from Genesis. ***SPOILER*** Gamora was sacrificed by her father, a Demi-god Thanos who is the antagonist in the film. Later, another character, Gamora’s love interest shouts at the antagonist, “What about Gamora? What did you do to Gamora?” As a long time believer, this was not lost on me.

The fact the Demi-god Thanos needed the stones to fill in the glove on his hand should not be lost as well. It was this hand which held the power to annihilate half of the population of the universe at the end of the movie with the snap of his fingers. After this happens, he goes to his “heaven” and watches the sun rise. Thanos also shows some feeling of loss when he sacrifices his daughter, but puts his need for the last stone first—to kill half of the population, to satisfy his own motives and power. ***END SPOILER***

Please understand my opinion is not that these overtures to Christianity are blatant. However, some in Hollywood seem to try to discount Christians and Messianics in every way possible. I believe those who work to distort faith do it in subtle ways. A person could come to the conclusion the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob destroyed the Earth in the Flood, demolished Sodom and Gomorrah with fire because he was unhappy and needed to go make a Plan-B, so he destroyed them all without reason—not because the Earth was full of sin and/or disobedience.

It was not lost on me those destroyed at the end of the movie disintegrated like petals in the wind, disappearing when he snapped his fingers, which could be a foreshadowing of the Rapture, which could become a twisted view of an unmerciful god.

Obviously, there are more subtle references to a distorted view of a conservative, loving G-d. These are the only few which come to mind.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Pamela, age 49 (USA)
Negative—I just got back from viewing this movie with my husband and 5 kids ages 6, 9, 11, 13, and 15. To say I am disappointed with this movie is an understatement!! My family has been watching all of the Marvel movies from “Iron Man” until now, and we were HIGHLY anticipating this film, as what we thought it was the climax to all of the movies we had watched until this point. As a Christian, there were several things that bothered me. As other viewers commented above, I was saddened by the remark made by Chris Pratt. Dr. Strange asked him who he served, and he said “Am I supposed to say Jesus or something?” It was done in a very mocking tone.

I don’t know if other viewers caught this or not, but Drax made VERY suggestive remarks about Thor as he was lying on a table in their ship, and talking in a way that seemed as if he was attracted to him. Making remarks about his strong body and muscular arms. My kids didn’t notice, but I certainly did!

The movie felt dark, and heavy. It was very depressing. There were a few humorous parts, but not as much as I would have liked. *SPOILERS* The story was all over the place, and sometimes hard to follow. Dr. Strange had a big role in the movie, but showed very little of Captain, Bucky, and others. My kids were very disappointed that David Banner lost his ability to turn into The Hulk during the movie, except the very beginning. The violence and profanity were both heavy, and I sadly regret bringing my younger children.

The movie just got bizarre at the end, with everyone disappearing, almost a mockery of the Rapture. My children were very confused by this. The theater was very quiet, some people gasping. At the end of the movie, Thanos had obtained all of the infinity stones, began wiping out the human race, and the ending shows him sitting, resting, gazing out into his new kingdom and smiling for the evil he had done.

My son made what I thought was a profound statement about this, saying he felt the scene was a mockery of God creating the world and the human race, and resting on the 7th day. This movie really glorified evil, and that it was victorious over good, which we are not used to seeing in a Marvel movie.

It is very important if you go to see this to sit and watch until the end credits for an important clue, which again, left us very confused. Apparently, the story is not over?? I do not recommend the movie for young viewers. Final word: a very big disappointment!!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Laurel, age 47 (USA)
NegativeI did not read any of these reviews before seeing the movie with my 11 year old son, and that was a big mistake. Right at the beginning of the movie, it was evident this movie was mocking the Lord. Thanos, who’s name is clearly a mock at “Theos,” obtained an infinity stone. I did not catch the exact dialog but my son turned and said to me, “Dad, did you hear him?” I asked, “What?” He said, “Thanos said, “I am” when he got the infinity stone from Lockey.” We should have walked out right then and there, but we didn’t… The movie severely crossed over into the spiritual, and I couldn’t help but think we were observing pure Idol worship. What I mean is that all these gods of old, we’re now paying money to watch on the screen!

I grew up watching the old superman movies and had the pleasure of watching some of the older superhero movies with my son. But lately, these Marvel and DC movies are getting darker and darker, and this was by far the worst. It twisted a biblical narrative and that is a sign this movie is not of God but the devil. Need I say more? Don’t go see this, especially with kids. Afterwards, my son and I had some deep discussions and spent time in prayer to clear both of our heads from all the lies and twisting of truth in this movie. I am by no means a fundamentalist, but this movie is an evil movie being sugar-coated with a superhero theme—similar to how a ouiji board is just a “game.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Sam, age 39 (USA)
Negative—Have always enjoyed Marvel movies up to this point. The negative comment about “Jesus” was so offensive, I walked out at that point. I don’t care about the ending of made up characters. I see no reason for the comment except to make Christians appear foolish. What were the writers thinking?
—WT, age 56 (USA)
Negative—My husband and I enjoyed the first half of this movie but then it just bogged down into more of the same… fighting, yelling, more fighting yelling and even more fighting, yelling. I don’t know, do you have to be under 30? We are substantially older, but have enjoyed most other Marvel movies. This one just goes on and on and doesn’t have much substance. It just gets monotonous, and we just got bored. That about says it all except for the ending. Let’s not even get into the ending. A downer. That’s all I can say without giving it away. It’s not uplifting.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lucy, age Over 50 (USA)
Negative—This movie is a complete waste of time. I couldn’t believe how graphic the violence is and I thought it would never end. I was shocked as the last time I saw one it wasn’t as bad. The beginning is especially violent with torture, and I almost walked out. I wish I had!!

It’s a long one too, about 2 1/2 hours. I also found there are too many characters. If you are familiar with the comic books and the therefore the characters, I supposed it would make more sense, however I had no idea who everyone was and of course some of the characters have boyfriends or girlfriends. Totally confusing!!

I was also very offended by the Jesus comment and unfortunately someone laughed in our theatre. I also heard Christ’s name once as well. God’s name is frequently used as well as foul language. The finger is also used once and I understand there are also vulgar references that I didn’t hear for the most part.

The ending was completely pathetic and left everyone hanging. It is poor movie making to have to depend on the next movie to finish the story and makes the present movie almost completely pointless. If they can’t tie up the loose ends in such a long movie they shouldn’t even bother. See all »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Kathy Pj, age 57 (Canada)
Negative—Do not be deceived! I love a good superhero movie, but this movie is intentionally blurring truths of the Christian faith.
1) the movie offers a twisted view of Mercy, i.e., killing half the souls in the universe.
2) the villain’s henchmen all call him Father.
3) the villain sacrifices his daughter against her will in order to get what he wants. Thus blurring the line of Jesus’ willing and selfless sacrifice on the cross.
4) the villain’s daughter’s name is Gomorrah. Gomorrah is portrayed as one of the “good guys” in the movie, once again blurring the line of the biblical city of Gomorrah that is destroyed by God for lack of repentance.
5) one of the good guys in the movie mocks Jesus explicitly.

I feel ashamed for having sat through this movie and I feel even more ashamed for bringing my kids. Satan is called the deceiver for a reason. His aim is to distort Truth. This movie is straight from the enemy!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Corey, age 38 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…I appreciate the sheer logistical achievement of “Infinity War” (and the chutzpah of its ending). I laughed a bunch of times, and some of the scenes are definitely exciting. But I would be lying if I pretended this movie ever grabbed me the way the best MCU movies did. …
Matt Singer, ScreenCrush
…a narrative juggling act the likes of which I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before. It is far from a perfect movie, but it is probably close to the best movie it could have been. …
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
…“Infinity War” boasts the most breathtaking, audacious moment in superhero movie history, one that rocketed through my brain and tore apart everything I thought I knew about the past 10 years of Marvel moviemaking. For the first time in a while, I can’t wait to see what happens next.…
Alex Abad-Santos, Vox
“Avengers: Infinity War” checks all the boxes. That’s exactly what’s wrong with it …There’s no pacing in Avengers: Infinity War. It’s all sensation and no pulse. Everything is big, all of the time. …
Stephanie Zacharek, Time
…Too many heroes, not enough story…
Bill Goodykoontz, USA Today Network
…Even by Marvel’s own standards of serviceable mediocrity, Infinity War fails. …
John Semley, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
…Characters overflow on the screen, crowding out emotional investment, and there is a severely misplaced emphasis on the power of special effects — many characters appear to be entirely digitized, and none has much screen impact. …
Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
…a movie with overpaid actors in costumes surrounded by various combinations of ones and zeros. Plainly, Marvel has done it again—only bigger. …It can’t be judged as a stand-alone work since it doesn’t stand alone and isn’t—objectively speaking—even a very good piece of storytelling. As an exercise of studio might, however, it has no peer. Flagrantly, bombastically extravagant, it plays its audience like a hundred million fiddles. …
David Edelstein, Vulture
…too much setup and too little payoff…
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
…The film has its momentary diversions, a few good throwaway jokes amid a tremendous amount of PG-13 maiming and destruction. …the scenes of mass genocide and close-ups of anguished, recently stabbed major players, the mood swings are a little bit psycho…
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…slam-bang superhero soap opera… just seems infinitely long… Directed without a whit of style by two place-holder directors… some passable performances amid several career-lows among the stellar cast…
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
…all manic monotony. …it’s instantly forgettable. …
Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—I haven’t seen this movie, and won’t see it in the theatre (in contrast to the world). The last movie I saw in the theatre with family was “Wonder Woman,” after which we decided to not see any more secular movies on the big screen, where we directly tithe as we view vileness with happy unbelievers; I just don’t see how does this will glorify God.

On this website, I always scroll down to only see the “Negative” reviews, as they more often than not represent perspectives from a Biblical lens; the reason being that there are plenty of Christians who love worldly passions and hence flood these reviews with “Positive” comments even though most Hollywood movies are drenched with immorality. I usually always just end up scrolling past them. Anyways my point is, I liked the “Negative” reviews by some of our brothers wiser in Christ.

That being said, I will end up watching this movie, but in a different setting. At home probably with family (where we have control over what to skip and what to not, where it isn’t directly contributing to the Hollywood industry, and where we are watching it with believers). After all, we do all things to glorify Him. Thanks for the review brethren, blessings in Christ.
—N, age 24 (Canada)
Negative—Unfortunately, Hollywood keeps taking PG-13 to the R-rating side of things. The language listing alone will keep me from taking my 11 year old to go see a movie that most of his “friends” are seeing. It is sad that hero movies have been so perverted, trying to make good evil and evil good. Of course, Scripture told us thousands of years ago that this would be happening so it’s no surprise. I just won’t participate in the depravity of mankind.
—Dow Wilson, age 51 (USA)
Negative—I really appreciate the reviewers who have commented about the blasphemous use of Jesus” name in “Avenger: Infinity War.” For many years, I have felt like I was fighting a losing battle, over Hollywood films that deliberately damned God and took Jesus” name in vain. My research shows that over 90% of Hollywood movies follow this format (including smoking and drinking).

It seems that God is now opening up the understanding of many, to see what Hollywood’s true agenda is. I remember walking out of “Avatar” with my son and his best friend at the time. When I saw the Satanic themes and language in the movie, I could not stay to the end. The next day my son was given a terrible time in school because of what I did. But, sometimes you have to take a stand for what is right, even if everyone else laughs at you. I will not be going to see “Avengers: Infinity War.”
—Francis, age 55 (Trinidad)