Avengers: Infinity War: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #15

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! This post will have spoilers for Infinity War throughout as indicated by bold warnings. But come on, you know you’ve seen this film like three times already. Or at least wanted to watch it again and again.

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people. To see if they could create a film with something more. So that when audiences came to see it, they would fight the battle of disbelief they never thought they would. 

Avengers: Infinity War is the latest and biggest instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing together everyone from Iron Man to Black Panther, from Scarlet Witch to Groot. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo return for their third time directing a Marvel movie (The Winter Soldier and Civil War beforehand). Infinity War merges the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers and Doctor Strange (we’ve never seen him in a proper Avengers movie) and sees them all team up to stop Thanos from collecting all the Infinity Stones and destroying half the universe.

I, like many fans, was left speechless after this film. I’d heard spoilers before, like a few people who died. This was actually nothing compared to the film itself. The Russo’s have mastered how to make not only a good Marvel movie but a good movie itself. They made bold decisions with the help of Kevin Feige which had me on the edge of my seat throughout the film. Robert Downey Jr played Tony Stark/Iron Man, and he was awesome. I believe that no-one can replace Downey Jr as the role of Iron Man, he has been Iron Man for 10 years and is irreplaceable. This film only further proves my point that he really is Iron Man. Chris Evans returns as Captain America and, as amazing as he was, I’d have liked to have seen more of him. He just showed up to save Wanda and Vision in Scotland then went to help in Wakanda. For the hero that he is and has been portrayed as he should have had a larger role, but I look forward to seeing more of him in Avengers 4. The lovable Chris Pratt is Star-Lord again, and he’s even more awesome in this film, as Pratt installs a quirky fun element into Star Lord’s character that makes it more enjoyable. Thor was played by Chris Hemsworth, and the best part about Thor is how it’s a continuation of his popular Ragnarok character. It’s great how Marvel were able to continue this, especially in the form of Thor’s powers. His entrance into Wakanda is certainly one of the most badass parts of the film. Scarlett Johannson is back as Black Widow, and her fight scenes were great fun to watch. I felt she did fall down the same hole as Captain America though, where her only purpose was to show up and protect Vision and Wanda. She could have and should have had more screen time, seeing as she was one of the original Avengers, but I was satisfied with what she did in this film. Tom Holland is back as your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man except he’s out of the neighbourhood. Honestly, Holland is better than he was in Homecoming. Someone said he had the same amount of screen time as in Civil War, which may be true but he was so much cooler here! From devising a plan out of Aliens to web-slinging and saving everyone, Holland plays a teenager with superpowers perfectly. We also see Benedict Cumberbatch play Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts. I was one of a few people who loved Doctor Strange, and his return in Infinity War had me excited. I had my expectations for him fulfilled, and it was so great to see him merge with the Avengers. Joining forces with the Avengers on Earth is Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, who was opening up to the world by inviting the Avengers into Wakanda (I was expecting a Starbucks). It was great to see Boseman return, especially with more awesome action scenes as featured in this film. Scarlet Witch was played by Elizabeth Olsen, and she was undeniably amazing in this role. She had so many awesome scenes that I loved. Dave Bautista is back as Drax, the hilarious guardian and he did not disappoint. I think he didn’t do too much in the battle against Thanos but was still great. Together, this new team will fight Thanos, the Mad Titan and his children known as the Black Order. As cool as they were, we didn’t know anything about them. Not even their names! It was just a CGI alien army attacking our Avengers. Thanos was played by Cable Summers. I mean Josh Brolin. And he left me speechless. What a villain! One of Marvel’s best I think. Brolin had a gruff voice that suited the Mad Titan so perfectly!

Now we enter spoiler territory. You have been warned. Look away if you haven’t seen Infinity War or don’t want anything spoiled. For those who have seen it, scroll down to read the rest of the review.

 

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‘The Last Shawarma’ by Bosslogic, the best piece of Infinity War fan art.

 

 

I’m warning you. There are spoilers down here. Enter at your own risk.

 

 

 

Oh. My. God. What an ending! Forget that, what a film! Throughout the film, I had myself on the edge of my seat. First, the death of Loki was shocking. I knew it before the film, but it was so different watching it on the big screen. We also saw the demise of Gamora. I had been told this before too but wasn’t too bothered about it really. But seeing her own father throw her off the cliff for the Soul Stone hit you right in the feels. The thing that annoyed me about that was Gamora laughing beforehand. I understand that she thought Thanos doesn’t care for her but it was just kind of obvious that she would be killed. Vision also died, he was killed by Thanos in his hunt for the Infinity Stones. His death was sad but seemed somewhat inevitable. But nothing could have prepared anyone for the end of the film. Thanos gets all six Infinity Stones, then Thor (with his new hammer, Stormbreaker) stabs the Titan in the heart. Out of breath, Thanos looks up at Thor and grunts ‘should’ve gone for the head’ before lifting up the now complete Infinity Gauntlet and snapping his fingers. A flash of white light glares and we see people being disintegrated and turned to ash. He has eliminated half the population in the universe.  Among those turned to ash were some of our favourite heroes. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Bucky, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Groot, Drax and Mantis all were turned to ash, wiped with the snap of his fingers. Admittedly, Spider-Man’s death was the saddest. One, because he was a 15-year-old kid. Two, because of the way Peter clung on to ‘Mr Stark’ and apologised before he fell to ash. And the way Tom Holland did that was spot on. It had you in shock. Fun fact, that scene was improvised by Holland. He just came on set, improvised his disintegration scene and bam! Done. And for a 21-year-old actor, someone so young and new to the industry, that was incredible. We also saw Maria Hill and Nick Fury being disintegrated in the post-credits scene, and when Fury faded, the entire screen I was in gasped in shock. So the people that we have still alive are Iron Man, Nebula, Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, Hulk, Okoye, M’Baku, Rocket and War Machine. It’s also likely that Captain Marvel is also alive too, or something along those lines, as we saw Nick Fury page her before he turned to ash. One thing I’d like to explain that you may be questioning is why I only said that Loki, Gamora and Vision were dead and the others were only disintegrated. Remember how Doctor Strange went forward in time on the planet Titan and saw 14 million possible outcomes of the fight against Thanos. There was only one where the Avengers won, and when Strange is being turned into ash, he says to Tony that ‘this was the only way’, indicating that having half of humanity being disintegrated by Thanos was part of Strange’s plan and the only way that the Avengers would win. Plus, when Star-Lord raged out and started punching Thanos when learning of Gamora’s death, Strange did nothing. He just watched on. Another major indicator that the disintegrated heroes will return is the calendar for MCU movies. Spider-Man Homecoming 2 is due to be released in Summer 2019 and will take place after the events in Avengers 4, Black Panther 2 following this same plan. Even Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be out in 2020 so even Drax and Groot will be ok.

Now for my favourite moments. And this includes a list of scenes that made me gasp, laugh or just left in shock or awe. First, the shocking death of Heimdall and Loki. It immediately set up the tone for the film and got us prepared for the film ahead. I also loved the first fight with Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian (I just called him the big alien until I was forced to Google his name) against Wong, Dr Strange, Iron Man and Banner. It was awesome, and even more enjoyable when Spider-Man joined the fight. I found the scene with Thor meeting the Guardians for the first time quite funny too, especially the whole ‘he is a muscular man’ part. The whole scene on Knowhere was pretty cool, especially seeing the reveal that Thanos had the Reality Stone all along. We then just had a period of getting ready for battle, which was a little too drawn out for my liking. Iron Man, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange meeting the Guardians was quite funny too, the best line going to Dave Bautista’s Drax saying ‘why is Gamora?’ But the battles is where it was at. Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Mantis, Drax and Star-Lord all team up on Thanos’ home planet, Titan, to stop him from taking the Time Stone. From Spidey’s magic kicks to a million Doctor Strange’s and Star-Lord’s gunfire, this scene was amazing. Everyone’s pretty mad at Star-Lord for mucking up the chance to defeat Thanos, but Strange didn’t stop him. That was part of the one way that the Avengers could win. Spider-Man web-slinging and saving everyone when Thanos brought the moon down on Titan was awesome. Back in Wakanda, the entire battle was incredible. I have to hand the best and most memorable moment to Scarlet Witch killing Proxima Midnight with the spike wheels. Thor’s entrance to Wakanda was fantastic. It showed off his true power as we saw in Ragnarok. Then Thanos arrived and killed Vision, completing his Infinity Gauntlet. Just when you think it’s all over, Thor comes flying through the sky and stabs the Mad Titan in the heart. Thanos looks up at Thor, evident that he is in pain and grunts ‘should’ve gone for the head’ before lifting up the heavy gauntlet and snapping his fingers. A flash of white light blasts from the gauntlet and we see Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and others being disintegrated. The cinema I was in was completely silent. A truly shocking moment and a bold move from Marvel. Spider-Man’s death is arguably the most heartbreaking. He hugs on to Tony and says that he doesn’t feel so good. He looks at Stark before whispering ‘I’m sorry’ before being turned into ash.  The end credits scene was also quite interesting. Nick Fury going was so upsetting, and I like how Samuel L Jackson tried to get one last ‘motherf**ker’ out before going.

Admittedly, there were things I didn’t like about Infinity War. I found the film a little slow moving in places, but this was made up for by the rest of the film. I felt Thanos deserved more of a backstory. I know we saw the scene of him and young Gamora, but that just served to establish the relationship between the two. It would have been good to see why he wanted the Stones and the motivation behind his actions. I also would have liked to have seen a backstory for the Black Order. They were cool but we never really learn anything about them, not even their names! All we knew is they worked for Thanos trying to get the Infinity Stones for him. I also felt that some characters were a little wasted. Like Vision. He’s so powerful and cool yet we saw him fight once before being crippled for the rest of the film. Similarly, Bucky could have had a bigger role. It was just him getting a new arm and shooting. I get you have to fit every character into the movie, but I feel if you are going to feature a character as cool as the Winter Soldier or Vision, you have to do them justice. Other than that, I loved Infinity War.

My favourite characters were Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Thor and Thanos. I was a massive fan of Doctor Strange in his standalone film and thought he was so powerful and awesome. Infinity War only further proved that as Strange combined wit and power in a wonderful blend in this film. I also loved Scarlet Witch in this film too. She, like Strange, was powerful and really cool too. I love her scene where she kills Proxima Midnight, as it highlighted her true powers and what she can do. Spider-Man was also really cool. I loved his comedy aspect and pop culture references, and with the Iron Spider suit, he was amazing in his first fight as a proper Avenger. I really loved Thor in this film as well. I am so glad it was a continuation of the same Thor we saw in Ragnarok, as that made the film more entertaining. He was undeniably badass and just such a cool character. Finally, I really enjoyed Thanos. One of Marvel’s best villains to date and the way his emotions were portrayed were incredible.

Avengers: Infinity War gets an 8.4/10 from me. It’s a respectable score that I think suits the film well. While the film had its downsides, it certainly delivered in other areas. It was 10 years in the building that left audiences in shock, confusion and more hype for next years Avengers 4.

Thanks for reading this week’s review. Sorry, it’s out a little later than usual, school’s getting quite busy at the moment. I’m opening a poll tomorrow on Instagram (@Ryans.Movie.Reviews) so be following to vote for next week’s film. Also, follow my WordPress to be the first to read my reviews.

Once again, thanks for reading. Comment your thoughts on Infinity War below, and I’ll see you next week!

 

 

 

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