Peter’s Pick of the Week – Avengers: Infinity War
What will probably be the most anticipated movie event of the decade was just released this past weekend. It’s all anyone is talking about right now, so why should I be any different?
First of all, I have to admit that I had low expectations going into this movie. I just felt underwhelmed by the first trailer and honestly thought that it was going to be a convoluted mess. How could they juggle so many characters in one movie? Now, I can say that I was really surprised by how well they managed it. Of course, Marvel has the benefit of a decade running, established roster. We are already familiar with most of them, and it’s great to finally see new interactions. There are scenes that bring pages from the comics to life, and I found myself feeling like a kid again.
This movie isn’t without it’s problems though. There were times where the usual MCU comedy just didn’t feel appropriate. I also felt like some of the subplots went on longer than they should have.
There is one thing they did absolutely right though, and that was Thanos. I never thought Thanos was an interesting villain in the comics. His motivation was to impress Lady Death, and I always thought that was kind of lame. He was presented as “The Mad Titan”, who only wanted to cause death and destruction. In this movie, he is presented as someone who feels like he’s doing these things for the greater good. They actually made him somewhat relatable. Not only that, but he shows his enemies respect, something we are not use to seeing in the MCU. I always say in any good story, you should see yourself in the villain just as much, if not even more so, than the hero. That’s exactly what they did here with Josh Brolin’s stellar performance. Not only that, but once we get towards the middle of the film, the humor slows down quite a bit. It takes a much more fitting, somber and dark tone. Our heroes are facing a threat that they are not fully prepared for. The entire cast does an amazing job. I thought that at this point some of them would’ve stopped caring and just do it for the paycheck. It definitely doesn’t feel that way when you’re watching it, as everyone is giving it their all. Even the score had some memorable pieces. Anthony and Joe Russo were the perfect choices to direct this movie. The dark tones that were present in The Winter Soldier and Civil War definitely fit this movie perfectly. There are even some great surprises that I didn’t see coming. I left the theater more than content with what was given to me, and I can say that this is definitely one of my favorite, if not my most favorite MCU film. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you have probably seen the movie already. If not, then what are you waiting for? This is definitely a comic book movie you want to see i the theater.
Avengers: Infinity War is currently playing in theaters everywhere.