Marvel Goes To “Infinity War” And Beyond!

By Scott Kurland

Film: Avengers Infinity War

Starring: Honestly it would be easier to name who from the MCU that isn’t in this movie, so basically everyone!

Rated: PG-13

Directors: Joe and Anthony Russo

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                “Avengers Infinity War” has been a decade in the making. We’ve gotten 18 films, a television universe, and a franchise that is slowly taking  over the world. Trying to  explain why these  films are so popular would be tantamount to explaining why we breath or eat. The MCU is a bit of a phenomenon because they have succeeded in establishing a formulae that so many others (including the DCEU) have failed trying to replicate. So many actors have found stardom in the Marvel universe, including Robert Downey Jr who has risen from the ashes of his previous bad-boy persona to become Hollywood’s golden boy; or should I say... Iron Man. The MCU reaches new heights with its most ambitious film yet, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Let’s find out if it’s any good shall we?

                “Avengers: Infinity War” sees Thanos (Josh Brolin) with an almost complete infinity gauntlet; a device so powerful it can hold all six infinity stones which, together, grant their user the power to destroy the world.  Now the Avengers (Downey Jr, Evans, Hensworth, Olsen, Johansson,  Ruffalo, Cheadle, Bettany, Mackie, and Stans), Dr. Strange (Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Holland), Black Panther (Boseman), and The Guardians of the Galaxy (Pratt, Saldana, Cooper, Diesel, Bautista, and Klementieff) must all join forces to prevent Thanos from obtaining the remaining infinity stones. That is basically the only synopsis I can give you, dear reader. Any further details would fall into the category of  "spoilers"

                Everyone claims that the DCEU leans toward the dark side and therefore each film is subsequently lacking in humor. Once again, the MCU proves that dark films can elicit laughs in good measure.  "Infinity War" is filled with humor, but it’s also incredibly bleak at times. After I saw this film, I knew the Russo brothers had made something truly special, because I was depressed for almost four days afterwards. I won’t spoil anything. But I will say they roll the dice hard on a gamble that could have easily failed. They literally lay all their cards on the table; featuring almost every Marvel character we’ve seen on screen. This had me worried because you have every big name actor there is in one movie. When I reviewed “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” I said there was no way to successfully do cram so many stars into one film. Boy was I wrong.  Not only did the Russo’s make it work,  but we get the best villain on screen since Heath Ledger's Joker.

                Josh Brolin as Thanos gives us the most evil man in the universe but infuses the character with a healthy dose empathy; no matter how warped. Thanos is a mad titan, but he’s not quite the monster we pictured. He has a naïve sense of entitlement that makes him believe that what he is doing is for the greater good. That’s the key to making a great villain... their belief in keeping order. Not to beat a dead horse,  but that’s why Ledger’s Joker was so great. His penchant for chaos ensured Batman did his job and made for greater conflict. Thanos is the same.  Brolin makes that very clear in his performance. Thanos is one of the greatest villains to ever grace the screen. He’s complex, angry, and very misunderstood.

                “Avengers: Infinity War” is a special film. Dark, funny and, on paper, it shouldn’t work because of how large it truly is. The integration of characters is perfect, and never forced. This is a film that flows well; leading you down a rabbit hole that will have you second guessing yourself all the way down. Be warned. This is a dark film and it might not be suitable for children under the age of ten. That said, “Avengers: Infinity War” is an absolute work of art. See it as soon as possible.

REVIEW RATING: A

scott kurland