Expected NonSense – “Avengers: Infinity War”

Hey gang, your friendly neighborhood Momo Pete with you again. This time around folks, we’re looking at Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. However, we’re also going to take a look at how we arrived at this juncture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

Let’s consider this: of course this will not be nominated for Best Picture. On it’s face, this is pure spectacle. A gigantic cast, more special effects than you can shake a stick at and corny comic book storytelling is what this film is on the surface. But, there’s a lot more to it. A WHOLE lot.

I’ve heard the snobs who are paid to review movies talk about how they have grown tired of the comic book adaptations. How there’s a lack of originality in Hollywood overall. That’s true.

But not when it comes to my beloved MCU.

The folks over at Marvel Studios have gotten this one right. A straight adaptation of the original Infinity Gauntlet saga from 91 would be difficult to do. But, from the beginning, they have been tilling the soil and planting the seeds. They began by giving us the first successful interweaving of stories about different characters in different places at different times ever in a film series. I mention that because it’s what the comics were for us as children.  They were different characters with their own issues hitting the stands, but occasionally one would go here or there to help someone out, or even join teams to fight the big baddies. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, the universe built in those comics began to unfold in a succession of films leading up to the first Avengers film.

And so it all builds to a crescendo with Infinity War. From the moment I laid eyes on Thanos during the credits of the first Avengers movie, I, being a comic book nerd, knew where they were going. They were making their way here, to this movie.

Slowly.

AND…

Properly.

In what was one of the most successful crossover events in the company’s history, the Infinity Gauntlet saga forced bitter enemies to join forces to stop one of the most brutal villans ever inked from ending half of all life in the universe.

But…

The MCU is it’s own thing. It’s a different version of the story line. And I love it. If it were a straight adaptation of the original story line, why would I want to see it? I know how it ends. I’m aware I’m not in the key demographic that the studio is trying to attract. And that’s the point.

The writers, directors and producers have done an excellent job of making the films fresh and paying respect to the source material. Especially with this one folks.

There’s a lot of ground to cover with a cast this big, and, I don’t care what anyone says, they covered it. However this movie really isn’t about the Avengers.

It’s about Thanos. This is really his movie, Josh Brolin played him beautifully. It must be difficult to convey the emotional range necessary to portray one of the most complex characters ever written in a comic book while performing motion capture.

I’m a very critical person. Sometimes, being aware that a character’s appearance is mostly CGI can ruin a movie for me. That didn’t happen here. Thanos felt as real as the people I was in the theater with. And that folks, is the heart of the movie.

Yes, there’s a stellar cast. And yes, this IS a spectacle movie. It’s not wholely original. But who cares? Sometimes, you have to let the overanalyzing part of the mind go and remember we watch movies to escape. And for the nearly three hours I invested in this movie, I truly felt like I was light-years away. Almost back to my youth one might say.

In the same vein of The Empire Strikes Back, this movie is worth a few trips to theaters folks. And remember, the direct sequel is only a year away. Like it’s printed in big bold letters on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic.

This one people, it gets 5 out of 6 reels.

If you haven’t seen it, you’re not doing yourself a  favor. Take this one in on the big screen. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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Well what is there to say that hasn't already been said? I'm a middle-aged movie buff who has been actively reviewing movies for as long as I can remember. I love cinema in all it's forms. I am a fan of the greats like Huston and Welles all the way to Michael Mann and of course Scorsese. But I love those diamonds in the rough. The ones you have to dig to find. I hope to bring to those to light for you...