By David O’Neal Roberts (Chattanooga, TN)

 

Avengers: Infinity War, is a movie about a bunch up super-humans and otherwise really powerful, physically-fit individuals who fight a lot.

In this particular iteration of The Avengers, which again takes place in the unified “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, there are more superheroes than ever. Because of this, there are lots of people beating the crap out of each other as well.

The main bad guy is this large, purple man named “Thanos”, who looks kind of like Bruce Willis in a way, which I found to be confusing, because I’m assuming that I’m supposed to hate the antagonist in this film. The deal with Thanos is that he alone is stronger than any other entity in the universe. He’s so powerful, that he makes even characters like Thor look relatively weak in comparison. Even worse, he’s acquiring these little jewels that will make him virtually invincible, and the rest of the world, who are at each other’s throats, are going to have to work their issues out quickly.

Anyway, if you like action movies, that just feature a ton of fighting with lots of effects and explosions, then this one will easily satiate any cravings. If you’re one of those people who prefer your movies more rooted in reality, then don’t even give it a try. This is a big, dumb popcorn movie for big dumb, popcorn people, and this amateur critic couldn’t be happier with it.

Most of your favorite heroes are there: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Loki, The Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain America, Bucky, and many, many more, perhaps a few that movie-goers aren’t expecting.

I was hoping that She-Hulk’s fine, green derriere would show up. And for that matter, where was the X-Men? Oh wait, they’re gone because Fox won’t sell the rights back to Marvel, now under Disney, at a decent price, and of course – House of M and Inhumans for anyone who actually reads the comics, etc. etc..

Anyway, back to the point I suppose: The movie was good, almost great. The movie resolves lots of plot-holes and loose threads from other Marvel movies. The action scenes were really exciting to watch. There are some absolutely epic moments in which there are so many lasers, and kicks, and teleports, and explosions going off at once, that I wish I had a remote to rewind with in the theater. Just as importantly as the almost non-stop action is, the heroes and anti-heroes have lots of exciting interactions together – both physically, and verbally.

Some use their powers and abilities together in creative ways, some hinder each other, and some just argue while delivering fan-service through often disarmingly (for a superhero film) clever dialogue.

Fans hopeful to see certain Marvel characters interact for the first time, will be more than pleased with the movie. The characters really flourish together, and Iron Man’s distaste of Dr. Strange and vice versa should incite more than a few laughs, which are abundant – despite the film’s attempt to be darker and grittier. One case in particular for me, was Mantis’ reference to Kevin Bacon, which elicited a loud, solitary chortle from me – and I’m sure that turned a few awkward heads from the other theater attendees, who were all twenty or thirty-somethings with their kids.

Anyway, it’s a pretty damn good action flick. I know this, because I almost wanted to go back and see it again. I will definitely rent it when it comes out in a format I can watch from home, and I will be in theaters to view the sequel when it releases. If you’re on the fence, and aren’t one to scoff at a movie just for it being one that revolves around superheroes, then it’s certainly worth one half of dinner and a show.

Rating: 4/5

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