Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (SPOILER REVIEW)
Avengers: Infinity War has been breaking records all weekend with a speculated $250 million domestically, which would make it the highest grossing opening weekend of all time. It is also speculated to be grossing $630 million internationally over the course of this opening weekend. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the film follows the Marvel heroes as Thanos seeks to gain all of the infinity stones. The film, of course, sees a return for such cast favorites as Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and Robert Downey, Jr. in addition to many others.
Now, before we go any further, I do want to reiterate that this is the SPOILER review. We are going to mention MAJOR spoiler moments from the film, and if you have not watched the film yet, then you need to check out our non spoiler review instead, which you can find here.
With the warning out of the way, we are going to dive into the synopsis. The beginning of the movie finds Thanos and the Black Order on Thor’s ship from the end of Thor: Ragnarok. They are there to retrieve the Tesseract, which contains the space stone. Loki uses the Hulk to try to beat Thanos, but Hulk is instead defeated by Thanos. Heimdall uses the last of his power to send Hulk back to Earth through the Bifröst, and Thanos ultimately retrieves the space stone before obliterating the ship. Thanos tasks the Black Order with retrieving the two infinity stones still on Earth. Meanwhile, Hulk crash lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City and reverts back to Dr. Banner. He is able to warn Doctor Strange and Wong about Thanos’ imminent arrival, and together they bring Iron Man into the fold. The different heroes soon find themselves all pieced together with the Guardians rescuing Thor and Captain America’s team aligning with Vision. Together, they attempt to defeat Thanos and keep him from retrieving all of the infinity stones.
So, if you read our non-spoiler review, then you know that we immensely enjoyed this film. We loved the visuals, the character groupings, and the humor. We thought that while the story has a simple premise, the filmmakers infused a lot of excitement and emotion into this film. We also already mentioned in our other review how much this is truly Thanos’ movie. The movie goes into his motivations for balancing the universe and “saving” worlds from their problems associated with overpopulation. The filmmakers position Thanos as this villain who truly believes he’s doing the right thing, and that is what makes his character so compelling. He is an empathetic character, even while the audience despises his actual actions. Also, part of what makes Thanos such an intriguing character is his relationship with Gamora, which they truly delve into here. We get to see his interaction with her as a child, and we truly get a look at their strained father-daughter relationship. Despite his cruel actions, he loves her, and her death was one of the most striking and heartbreaking moments of the film. Also, while we’re talking about that scene, I just want to say that the reappearance of Red Skull was amazing, and we are both still in shock from that unexpected inclusion.
So, while the movie may be all about Thanos, there were some really great character moments for our heroes. Everyone gets a chance to shine, and there are several relationships that really make the backbone of this film. I personally thought the relationship between Vision and Wanda was moving, and I think their dynamic brings a lot of gravity to the story. Also, the relationship between Peter and Gamora is key to this whole storyline since Gamora’s death is what leads Peter to pretty much ruin everything. Along with the romantic relationships, the different character pairings and dynamics add a lot to the storyline. I think the contentious relationship between Doctor Strange and Iron Man was a highlight, especially in their fight to keep the time stone away from Thanos. Spider-Man was a great addition to that team as usual, and their dynamic with part of the Guardians all meshed together well. The team that ends up in Wakanda was great and all, but honestly, the dynamic between Thor, Rocket, and Groot was my favorite in the entire film. They had some great heartfelt moments in addition to the humor I was expecting, and I do not think I’ll ever get tired of hearing Thor call Rocket a “sweet rabbit.”
Avengers: Infinity War truly is a culmination of every film that has come before it, and I cannot wait to see where it goes. I was expecting to see Thanos with all the stones by the end of the film. I was even expecting the snap, but I was not fully prepared for the emotional toll that would come from seeing some of these characters disappear into thin air. Tom Holland completely broke my heart in that moment, and there were literally people sobbing in our theater during this sequence. However, the movie does not leave us without hope, and I’m fully confident in the plan that Doctor Strange has put into motion. It is going to be a long year in waiting for Avengers 4, but at least we have Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel to look forward to in between. In fact, I have never been more excited for Captain Marvel thanks to that after credits scene. I am sure we will be seeing Avengers: Infinity War in theaters again sometime soon, and I suggest that you do the same.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.