Avengers: Infinity War (PG13)
Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo
Okay, what else can be said about the highly anticipated Avengers threequel? I'm just going to give it to you straight-up. No spoilers, I promise. At least, I don't think they are.
1/ There are two theatres of conflict in Infinity War: one in space, and one on Earth. This business with Thanos and stopping the intergalactic despot from acquiring the Infinity Stones requires all hands on deck. What makes Infinity War fresh and exciting and not just another sequel is watching the characters from different franchises working side by side. Thor, Star-Lord. Star-Lord, Thor.
2/ Thanos, played by Josh Brolin via a motion-capture performance, is one mean, terrifying SOB. He’s the villain everyone is going to love to hate.
3/ They weren’t kidding when they said they were going to kill off characters. Infinity War delivers on that promise and then some. It's just nerve-wracking waiting to see who's going to bite the dust.
4/ The movie is intense, but you’ll be surprised by how funny some parts are. It doesn’t hurt to have some levity. There’s some romance as well.
5/ Three words: Chris Evans’ beard. Does it have its own trailer?
6/ Infinity War is 160 minutes but it felt like two hours. Time flew by.
7/ James Cameron recently said he hopes that Avengers fatigue will set in soon. Pfft. Jimbo should cut the Marvel Cinematic Universe some slack especially since one superhero name-checks an old movie of his.
8/ Don’t trust everything you see in the trailers and TV spots — things are not what they appear to be.
9/ Don’t forget to stick around for the post-credits stinger. Just a reminder. At the screening I attended, people were dashing for the exit the second the end-credits roll. They don’t know what they’re missing.
10/ The movie ends on a cliffhanger, one that’s sad and surreal. After the screening, I can’t help but wonder, is everything that just happened all a dream? I have to wait until next May for the yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4 to get some closure. Damn it, where’s the Time Stone when you need one? (****)