Spring! Yes. Lovely, lovely spring. Finally the sun is here to warm my bones 🙂 No, I’m not some evil reptile. I’m quite human, even if I was hatched out of a pod… just kidding! Why am I so goofy today? Because today is the culmination of ten years of Marvel’s legend-making. Is it making you goofy too? Well then, let’s be goofy together. Let’s bond as we whine about what Disney screwed up!
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Does anyone hear that? It’s the sound of a thousand yawns of fangirls and boys involuntarily expressing what they consciously dare not. Sorry, but Infinity War is… a bit of a bore. Seriously, how many superheroes can you cram into one movie and not have the resulting collage lose its dramatic effect? There are the Avengers (Scarlett Johanssen, Elizabeth Olsen, RDJ, Chris Helmsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Guardians and related (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel), Spiderman (Tom Holland), Vision (Paul Bettany), et al, all competing for your attention. There’s a dizzying array of locations too—deep space, New York, Scotland, Wakanda, you name it. And not just that, the movie is chock-full of smackdowns. You’re constantly going from one to the next. Yeah baby!
All this top-heaviness has some unfortunate consequences. But wait, there’s more! Problems, that is. Infinity War is the culmination of several movies, and it really needs the sort of gravitas one would expect from that grand status. But it’s just not there, because Disney wants to please every single person who might see the flick. The only way to do that is to sacrifice intensity and make a silly, happy little flick with a bunch of jokes sprinkled in to keep everyone’s attention. Needless to say, if a character is axed, you know for sure they’ll somehow worm their way back into the sequel (which is coming in a year) through some dumb trick. After a while this tactic gets pretty annoying. Honestly, I’m not surprised Chris Evans wants out of the franchise.
Was that harsh? It’s the truth, people. You can’t please the fans and the entire spectrum of an audience at the same time. It’s one or the other.
But, let’s look at the good points. I can’t complain about the acting. Chris Pratt is hilariously pleasing. Josh Brolin in particular is excellent as uber-villain Thanos. The story hinges on Thanos and his garnering all six Infinity stones, because once that happens, he’ll reduce the universe to half its size. That the villain’s character and motivations are so well layered and complex is wonderful to note, and will make you feel surprisingly warm within (don’t we all have a little of Thanos in us?). The eccentricities and familiar dynamics of the various superheroes are comfortingly present. The stakes are well established and early on in the film. The CGI is competent, and the action definitely won’t disappoint. Disney’s pushing the limits of our patience here at (almost) three hours, but if you’re a casual movie-goer, you won’t be bored. In fact I’ll go so far as to say you’ll absolutely get your fifteen bucks’ worth just from the sheer visual and emotional spectacle. Here’s the trailer:
Whew! I’m exhausted. Avengers really takes it out of me 🙂 Every other flick at the theater is as nothing in its blaze. But I can’t wait to see what you think! Let me know! And hey maybe I’ll see you again at the theater!