If a big purple guy with a spray-painted gold glove and questionable chin doesn’t scare you already, he will now. That’s the promise “Avengers: Infinity War” makes.
Obviously, the allure of “Infinity War” is seeing 99 percent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s heroes come together in a computer-generated fireworks display. But the reason it works after drawing you in with snappy trailers and quips is because Thanos is on a mission. You understand why Thanos does what he does and what he cares about. He’s not just a big purple dude, he’s YOUR big purple dude.
Spiderman, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, Captain America, Black Widow, Gamora, Drax, et cetera are just trying to stop him—even though the task ahead is terrible, it’s all worth it because the characters you love are only just speed bumps in front of him. There’s arguably never been a movie like this, with so much buildup and emotional development carried over from 10 year old films, and there may never be one like it again.
Remember that time DC Comics tried to do something even close to this scale with just a film or two of buildup? If you don’t, you’re probably better off. Marvel has proven themselves to be the kings of the superhero movies over 10 hard-fought years, and even their worst movie—looking at you, “Thor: The Dark World”—is better than most blockbusters made by other studios. They promise you a blitzkrieg of rounded characters, thrilling action, and quips— they’ve always delivered. Despite 18 films’ worth of competition, “Infinity War” is still easily one of their best.
Some characters are still given more to do than others. Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Gamora, and Thor are probably the most important heroes, and if you’re a fan of any of them you’ll have plenty to keep you engaged. On the other hand, Captain America, Black Panther, and Black Widow have less to do than usual, especially since they’ve been three of the most central characters until now. But even still, Cap, Black Panther, and Black Widow have their crowning moments. It’s a tiny disappointment, but the fact that so many other major characters have so much to do in a single movie left me impressed.
It’s worth mentioning that if you’ve never seen a Marvel movie or don’t care for the ones you have seen, this is not the movie to change that. This movie hinges on you caring about other movies, characters, and developments. This movie is full of computer graphics, one-liners, and people sacrificing the world to save the ones they love. It even has a Stan Lee cameo. This movie really only works if you know the drill, and if you do, I guarantee you’ll still be surprised by this movie. It’s that good.
You’ll like this movie if:
–You can quote every single Marvel movie backwards, including “Thor: The Dark World.”
–You’ve been looking forward to a blockbuster with actual stakes, where you aren’t guaranteed survival just because you’re an A-list star.
–I am Groot. (Roughly translated: You want to watch an expertly crafted film in which every character gets time in the spotlight and a chance to be incinerated.
Skip this movie if:
–You want a PG comic book movie where heroes are physically incapable of getting hurt.
–You haven’t seen the most recent Marvel movies: “Civil War,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Black Panther.”
–You don’t know what a Groot is. (You’re missing out.)