Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Free Review-Why You Need To Not Know Anything Ahead Of Time
The best way to see Avengers: Infinity War IS NOT TO KNOW ANYTHING! Walk away from every spoiler right now! DON’T LOOK! Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Virtually every superhero, their friends, frenemies, assistants, support people, etc., that we’ve ever seen in a Marvel superhero movie is in it and not just as cameo characters. Just about everyone is involved in the action and has important things to do. Yup, it’s a looong movie but it never bogs down. The action begins immediately from the very first scene and never lets up. The stakes are the highest ever and the fate of the universe literally hangs in the balance for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
So what’s it all about? Sorry, but I can’t tell you. It’s best if you go into this one knowing as little as possible and completely unspoiled. Don’t listen to anyone talk about it and don’t read internet reviews until you’ve seen it. What I can tell you is every Marvel movie since the first Iron Man film ten years ago has been leading up to this one and the untitled Avengers sequel coming out next year and the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same.
Of course, you’ve probably seen all the trailers by now and maybe read some of the speculations on the internet so we all know that Thanos is the ultimate and most powerful ever Marvel villain. We’ve seen him at the end of both previous Avengers films in after credit scenes and also in Guardians of the Galaxy. As played by a motion-captured Josh Brolin he’s a lot more than just a huge bad guy. He’s got motivations for why he’s doing what he’s doing and he’s willing to make some very personal and terrible sacrifices to get there. In fact, he’s almost a tiny bit sympathetic at times. We’ve also seen the Guardians of the Galaxy in the trailers and they’re a big part of the action as well. The Avengers and the Guardians divide up into various groupings to tackle a variety of different situations and hilarity amidst the menace often ensues. We’ve seen Tony Stark and Peter Quill smartassing away in the trailers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s really inspired. But amidst the jokes and banter, the film never lets you forget the truly dire events and things are very difficult and dark for all of our favorite characters.
The action takes place on many different continents here on earth and on many different planets as well. We’ve never seen so many varied locales in a Marvel film and it’s all incredibly well realized by every big name special effects company in the world. Digital Domain, Industrial Light, and Magic and WETA are all represented and many more. The film is directed by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who collectively gave us the greatly acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Production values and acting are all top notch as always for Marvel and the music by Marvel stalwart Alan Silvestri may very well be his best MCU score yet. Music in Marvel films has not always been particularly memorable, usually being serviceable but little more. The music in this one, however, is much more present and prominent underlining the action to great effect.
So is this film suitable for the all the legions of younger Marvel fans? It’s rated PG-13 and while it has tons of action and a lot of war and fighting situations it’s certainly no more violent than any of its’ predecessors so if you found those okay for the young ones you’ll have no problems with this one.
Is this the greatest Marvel movie of all? I can answer that with a big, unequivocal YES!!! The gangs all here in all their super powerful wise-cracking glory. The stakes are high, the villain is the real deal, the action sequences are non-stop amazing, and the places our heroes go to are incredible. My jaw was on the floor for big stretches of this one and there are twists and surprises you can’t even imagine. There are payoffs to things that happened years ago in other MCU films. My advice is to go see it as soon as you can and then see it again because there’s so much going on you won’t believe you’ve just seen that, whatever that may be. I know that Gayle and I going to go see Avengers: Infinity War again as soon as we can.
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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR opens in theaters everywhere on April 27th!