A smorgasbord of too many super heroes that
ultimately is the demise of this Marvel creation.
****** Review contains a huge ass spoiler ******
I saw this movie last night at the midnight launch in the Arc Cinema in Wexford. As is usual, the movie that gets the most hype is the most disappointing. Maybe that’s the fault of too much promotion, your expectations are so high, and they can never be met. Unfortunately, I went into this movie with a feeling that there were too many characters and it would lead to the story being compromised and I wasn’t wrong.
If you haven’t been following the Marvel Universe movies in the last few years, well then it’s a waste of time going to this. For those who have been following them, you will know that some of them were only done to act as a prequel to Infinity War, an introduction as you were. The best three Marvel movies in the last 5 years have been Deadpool, Logan and Black Panther. (see at end of blog for reviews on the latter two). Avengers Infinity War doesn’t even come close.
So, the plot. The big bad, Thanos played by Josh Brolin is uniting the 6 Infinity Stones of immense power that were created at the big bang. If he can unite all of them in his shiny gauntlet (created by the dwarves who also created Thor’s hammer) he will finally be able to achieve his life’s ambition; destroying half of all life in the universe allowing the rest to thrive.
Now here is where it gets messy. Because of a smorgasbord of too many super heroes, that ultimately lead to the demise of this Marvel creation, story-lines had to be created for every single Marvel character to bring them to the battle, the need to give them all screen time is this movies biggest downfall. We see Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman (boy), Hulk, Black widow, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Winter Soldier, Dr. Strange, Wong, Star Lord, Gamora, Nebula, Groot, Rocket, Drax, Mantis, Black Panther, War Machine, Falcon, Shuri, Okoye (Go Michonne!), Loki, M’Baku to mention a few!
So we see implausible plots to bring all the characters together in a doomed story, with a doomed ending. Spoiler Alert...lots of the above die. Yes, Thanos wins so half of them die and, ironically, this is one of the best parts of the movie because there were too many of them to start with. To single out a couple of good performances is difficult, lurching from one group of fighters to another, but to put some kind of sheen on this cinematic titanic, here goes.
The Guardians of the Galaxy team; Groot (voiced by the sexy Vin Diesel) and Drax (The Destroyer) played by wrestling giant Batista were both very funny and go a long way to salvage a little bit of goodness. Rocket (or Rabbit) as Thor keeps calling him was also very good. Dr. Strange was really good, played by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch, frankly everything the man does is brilliant. One of my fave rolls he did was Khan in Star Trek into Darkness. Dr. Strange is my favourite of all the characters. Peter Dinklage was also very good as the weapon forging Dwarf Eitri.
Instead of Thanos killing half of the Marvel universe, they should have been left out, including the preachy Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr of course) and this would have made the story much stronger and a little bit shorter. 2 hours 29 minutes was just way too long but that happens when you have over 40 super heroes to include. So that’s it. This is the worst scoring review I have ever done. Avengers Infinity War only gets a 5 out of 10 planets. The 5 planets it gets are for the good characters; The Guardians of the Galaxy crew, Dr. Strange, Eitri and Thor. It is very funny and the special effects are seamless (as you would expect).
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John The Captain Ryan