Is AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Worthy of a Decade of Marvel Movies?

In simple terms – ABSOLUTELY GODDAMN OMFG YES!!!!! I had the pleasure of attending the Australian premiere last night and I have not felt elation this extreme since seeing the original Star Wars movies. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is the penultimate and it is the epitome of superhero movies that can also pass for a reunion and best-of movie of the .

There is no denying it, Marvel make the , they are consistent and mix special effects, humour, heart, cast and characters (we love) and then sprinkle a crapload of action on top. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is more than the sum of its predecessors, it is the best of them. It releases in about 90mins in Australia and will make more money than most of the Marvel movies combined. It is rated M and runs for 149mins. I will be seeing it again today, that should speak volumes.

WARNING: THERE WILL BE NO MOVIE WRECKING SPOILERS MENTIONED IN THIS REVIEW BUT THIS ENTIRE REVIEW IS ONE BIG GUSH PIECE haha.

 

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Thanos

 

BY JASON KING

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR SYNOPSIS:

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has been growing from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artefacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of the Universe and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor

 

IS IT GOOD? IS IT GOOD?

OK – not only is it the greatest Marvel movie ever made, it is the greatest ever made. Do you remember being a child and being so happy and so excited with fantastic things you couldn’t contain your emotions and you just spontaneously wept from your inability to contain your happiness. It happened multiple times while watching AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. I felt like a kid again discovering my first superhero in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR never once relents over its two and a half hours. Nearly every single one of your Marvel heroes makes a lasting impression, it is purely an ensemble with most of the characters having equal screen time as we follow many different groups across the universe. Neither group is more or less exciting but crucial to the greater story.

The entire Marvel universe leading up to this is realistically one epically long trilogy. It actually follows the perfect original Star Wars Trilogy model or a three act tragedy standard. Every single Marvel movie leading up to this should be taken as one movie, the STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, of the greater Marvel universe, if you will. All these films introduce you to the characters and where they are at, each sequel takes you back to them to see where they are now in the greater story. Then there is AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (and best of) the series, the second act of a tragedy. Basically: Act 1 is the Set-Up, Act 2 is the Confrontation and finally, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR 2 (one entire year away) is Act 3 and the Resolution and comeback from insurmountable odds.

Marvel have created a universe that with this instalment rivals the Potterverse and the Galaxy Far Far Away.

Marvel planned their universe well, or did it end up that way by the time they got to four or more movies in and realised they were making more money than most countries? Regardless they have created a universe that with this instalment rivals the Potterverse and the Galaxy Far Far Away.

 

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Wakanda and Avengers Forever!

 

SPEAKING OF STAR WARS:

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR felt like Star Wars a lot of the time. It is mostly set in space (totally a mild spoiler), it has a score from Alan Silvestri, who while has never scored a Star Wars movie has created a lot of orchestral music that fits the somewhat biblical storytelling common in Star Wars and finally it allows people to breathe oxygen no matter where they are in the universe haha.

ONE SMALL GRIPE:

Out of literally hundreds of special effects scenes two of them looked bad dodgy. OK, two that I noticed looked bad and would have been better if they landed on the cutting room floor. One of them had about six of the cast in a scene together and it looked blended like they weren’t even in front of the same green screen. I had to find something negative ok because the rest of it is pure genius!

 

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Spider-Man, , Drax, Star-Lord and Mantis

 

THE BIGGEST CAST OF ALL TIME:

There are too many to seriously cover. The acting is all fantastic, you know them all from previous movies so I am going to stick more with the characters.

I preferred in this over his own movie, him and Iron Man’s chemistry is so bloody good! Spider-Man is my favourite Marvel character and I feel very protective of , but that new costume looks way too CGI and flashy, although the bells and whistles are insane but half the time even Holland’s face looks CGI. Teaming the Guardians with Thor was a partnership made in perfection and Star Lord’s scenes with Thor are hysterical. I can always do with more Groot and teenage Groot is GOLD!! Seeing the Captain’s entry was one of those moments when I was overwhelmed with emotions and also the only hero arrival on screen that had an entire cinema clapping!!

Special mention to the character played by Peter Dinklage – it made an entire cinema laugh and was a perfect addition to the Marvelverse.

There is one big player that deserves mountains and mountains of praise. ’s Thanos is the single greatest hero-movie bad guy in cinematic history. The first in these that isn’t comical, he is dark and unforgiving and often terrifying, nothing stands in his way and it makes the movie so much better for it.

WORSHIP TO THE :

How the Russo brothers went from directing a short called CARFUCKERS, to directing COMMUNITY to directing the greatest hero movie of all time is beyond me but they deserve worship and worship they shall have.

 

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Team Spider-Man

 

IN CONCLUSION:

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is the most ambitious and daring superhero movie ever made, it is what future hero movies will be compared to. It is so tightly woven, blending a decade of films into the ensemble masterpiece it is today. The mind boggles at the logistics, story boards and talent involved. I watched it last night and will watch it again today, that pretty much says it all. I was so excited following last night’s screening and could not sleep so started watching the Marvel Movies again – by the time AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR 2 releases it will be exactly 12 months. There is 22 movies in the universe up until next year so I will be reviewing 2 a month, last night I commenced with : THE FIRST AVENGER and I am so excited to now watch them again knowing they are all connected.

 

 

 

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