IHGB Movie Review: Avengers Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War
Starring: All of Hollywood
The Gist: Bad guy needs six stones to rule the world. The Avengers must stop him.
I’m going to do my best not to spoil anything in this movie review. What you need to know is that the film is very, very good. It’s also very, very long. However, I never once looked at my watch. It never occurred to me that we didn’t have loads of time because the big bow at the end of the movie, signaling everything was going to be okay, had not been tied.
Cue me shocked that there was no bow at the end of this story.
- Avengers: Infinity War is ten years in the making. Since 2008 with the debut of the original Iron Man movie, Marvel has been working toward this quintessential blockbuster. Superhero lovers (like me) have followed the stories of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Black Panther for a decade. Each one has contributed a little something to the next.
- The result is a culmination of war, stones, laughter, CGI fights, death, and head scratching moments.
- Robert Downey Jr. plays Iron Man. He’s been there from the beginning and that confidence shows. He’s witty, sarcastic (my love language), and full of heart. We get to see him interact with Dr. Strange, which is a delight, and mentor young Peter Parker.
- One of my favorite exchanges:
Hi. I’m Peter Parker.
I’m Dr. Strange.
Oh, we’re going by our made up names? My bad. I’m Spider-Man.
- We see a different side of Chris Pratt’s personality this go around: jealousy. Thor enters Star Lord’s world and everyone thinks the norse god is MONEY, which is a true statement. Drax is in love. Gamora is in love. Rocket drips with respect and Teenage Groot doesn’t talk back.
- Favorite quote from Drax seeing Thor for the first time. “He’s not a dude. You’re a dude. He’s a man. A muscular man. It’s like a pirate and an angel mated.”
- Avengers: Infinity War is a battle of the Chris’s and I technically don’t care who wins.
- But if I had to pick a favorite Chris of this movie (Pratt, Hemsworth, Evans), it would be Evans. I’m definitely feeling the Captain America beard and shaggy hair. Yes. All day.
- Don’t look for Ant-Man or Hawkeye. You won’t find them in the crowd.
- When my friend Todd and I discussed the movie on the IHGB podcast, we both admitted that we were afraid of the cast roster. There are so many main superheroes, as well as their sidekicks, that we were nervous the movie would seem like a hot mess. That was not the case. The Russo brothers managed to direct a lot of people in a smart way. I never once felt like I couldn’t keep up.
- Part of the battle takes place on Wakanda. It was nice to be back, but don’t expect a ton of Black Panther moments.
- The women in this movie are fierce.
- The bad guys are scary.
- Thanos is a purple CGI villain. His goal is to collect six colorful stones to create an all-powerful gauntlet. It’s a weapon, but I thought it was so pretty. That’s not weird.
- The ending is L-E-G-I-T. Make sure to stay for the post-scene as well.
This movie needs to be experienced on the big screen. Spend the money to go see it with the rest of the world. And make sure to go to the bathroom before you settle into your seat.