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AWWWW! Avengers Infinity War is finally here, and I laughed, I cried, I left the theater feeling…unsure! I knew going in that this was part 1 of 2, and that the ending would probably not be resolved, but nothing really prepared me for the range of feelings I experienced during this film. It has a lot of ups and downs emotionally. Don’t worry I’m going to keep this review spoiler-free, but I do want to share some things I loved and maybe some I didn’t so much about Avengers Infinity War.
Infinity War picks up immediately after Thor: Ragnarok. In fact, the mid-credits cut scene from Thor is basically the first scene of Infinity War. Here is the state of things. Thanos is the big bad of this movie and he is after these little rocks called infinity stones. Basically, each stone controls some aspect of life– time, space, reality, minds, power, and souls. Put together they can create a catastrophe.
Through the last 10 years of Marvel movies, 5 of the 6 stones have been found and put somewhere for “safe keeping”–two on earth, one on Asgard, one with a madman named the Collector, and one with a police-type force called the Nova Corps. We didn’t know where the soul stone was. In fact, it’s never even been mentioned. The movie is basically a giant race to see who can reach the Infinity Stones first.
What I Loved
This movie is packed with humor. I’ve always loved how everything can be falling apart and the Avengers would still banter with each other, and I wasn’t disappointed with Infinity Wars. From one-liners to some slap-stick to some perfectly-timed awkward pauses, the comedic moments were a great counter-balance to the overall serious tone.
We visit a lot of different places in this movie, and the visuals were incredible. Some were familiar, others new, but each place had a unique feel. I hope we get to go back and visit some of these places in future movies. They hint at their histories, and I would like to explore that more.
Going into Infinity War, I was nervous about the sheer number of characters we were dealing with. I was afraid it would just be a huge mass of people with little attention paid to any individual. They solved this problem by splitting the Avengers up into teams each dealing with a different problem. Characters from all the movies were mixed and matched which was super fun, but only have to keep track of a handful at a time was helpful.
Speaking of mixing and matching characters, the interaction between the groups was amazing. You have a lot of huge egos going on in the Marvel universe and I wanted to see some tension while they tried to work together. I wasn’t disappointed. I was happy they didn’t fight each other like Civil War but you could see the conflict in subtle ways.
What I didn’t love as much
I don’t have many complaints about Infinity War, but there was one thing that made me go “hmm.” For one, a couple of the characters made decisions that seemed, well, out of character. This is part one so these apparent conflicts of character could be explained in the next movie, but they still made me go, “Why would they do that?” It wasn’t enough to pull me out of the moment, but just feel confused for a little bit.
Should you go see Infinity War?
YES! Buy your tickets now! I loved this movie and the worst part of it was I have to wait a whole year to find out how it all ends. That being said, you may want to think twice before taking your kids. Our 5 yr old son loves him some superheroes and has seen all the other Marvel movies, but we won’t be taking him to see it in the theater. It’s intense and not everything turns out happy. Especially if your child is attached to a specific character, I’d preview it before taking them.
If you want to see Avengers Infinity Wars, but haven’t seen the other movies, I would recommend a few as kind of minimal viewing– The Avengers, Thor: Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thor: Ragnarok and Dr. Strange would be helpful, but not critical.
Avengers Infinity War lived up to the 10 years of build up that has been the Marvel Universe. We have a few more Marvel Movies coming out this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing where they take us. If you’ve seen the movie, let me know what you thought about it down in the comments. Keep it spoiler-free! And go ahead and sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to hear about new stuff!