Gonger Reviews: Avengers: Infinity War
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Avengers: Infinity War
Starring: everyone you’d expect to be in an Avenger movie... it be easier to say who isn’t in it but you know, spoooooooileeeeeeers!
Synopsis: Thanos! The Mad Titan! He wants to save the universe from over-population but instead of preaching sex-ed to combat those pesky mortal mating habits, he decides to get rid of half the population of the cosmos. I’m going to stop right there for a sec and just say that for a super intelligent interstellar being, this is a terrible plan. Folks are still going to f*ck like crazy! The population will probably triple in a few short decades! Thanos, you dummy...
Oh yeah, I forgot: the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him. No big deal.
Writing: Uh, well they tried. Here's the thing; every character in this story, for the most part, are the main character to their own story. To have them crammed into one monster masher of a flick waters down the character story arcs. The same goes for the plot which ultimately works for, as its just a massive throw down between the biggest badasses in the galaxy. The meat and bones go to the Guardians and Thor’s tale which I really liked! I wished the movie had more focus on those aspects but then we wouldn’t have a overall story. Its like they wrote five movies but didn’t shoot five movies or something. The dialog is fine though, maybe too witty at times. Thanos is written properly and We finally get the villain we’ve been waiting for! Well save Cate Blanchett’s Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, she was so kickass in that one! 1/2
Directing: I got to hand it to the Russo’s, they did hold this sucker together. It took an army of cast and crew to make this flick. It could have easily failed on day one but this movie does, in some odd way, work. I’d say it was the Russo’s hard work and devotion to the content that held this thing together. The only thing is, I feel like it lacks a certain amount of vision and I can only blame the content of the flick for that. Or maybe the Disney Executives. The Russo’s do a fine job of it though. 1.5/2
Acting: Let's focus on the meat because if I went through the whole cast roster and their acting talents we wouldn’t end up with much. Thanos, this flick's main character is the mad titan and Josh Brolin brings us a very well developed character. His delivery and execution of lines is exactly how this type of character should be played. Well done. The Guardians seem to be missing something, save Bautista’s Drax and Saldana’s Gamora. I’d say it's the direction from James Gunn. Pratt seems a little lost in his role and the chemistry that was so tight in the last Guardians of the Galaxy movies was just lacking. It's not bad, just not altogether good. The chops go to Hemsworth’s Thor! It took some time for him to find this character but the wait has paid off. This flick had me zoning out here and there but when we cut to Thor doing god of thunder stuff I was brought back from the dark abyss of my own mind... I could have gone for a Thor VS Thanos movie hands down. How do I rate this? Spiderman is fun but Captain America is boring. Dr. Strange is cool but Blackwidow is a cardboard box. Tell you what, its a mess but there are some genuine talent in there. 1.5/2
Costumes/FX: So Thanos looks friggin fantastic! You can really tell where ILM focused there energies... however, a lot of cgi had some major weight issues. Spiderman’s and Ironman’s armour just floating off there chests is one example and Thanos’s goon squad looked kinda hokey. That being said, the design of the costumes are top grade. There are many scenes that are obviously filmed against a green screen. Again a weight issue. I got to say this flick loses major points for this one. 1/2
Writing... again: I was going to talk about editing but I risk sounding like a broken record. The pacing is fine, run time too long. Theres some gold in this flick and it comes with the pairing of certain characters. Rocket and Thors banter is great and it sets Rocket up for the next Avenger movie perfectly. Foreshadowing in these flicks is key and its done in this flick subtly which gives fun interaction with the audience. Almost as if it was a game and allows for the geekiest of discussion among friends afterwards... not during the movie though! Yeah I’m talking to you jackasses behind me! Not even whispering! Look, I’m all for cheering your favourite character on or reacting to a intense death scene but having a convo during a flick which you paid money for? You’re out to lunch friend. Have I digressed? Apologies. There are these great moments in this flick and if the film was just scaled down slightly we could connect with the characters more. On another note, and I’m dipping into spoiler territory so watch out, the deaths that Thanos commits with the Infinity Gauntlet have no emotional impact. These characters are obviously coming back and you wanna know why I know that? Lets just say Wakanda forever! Like seriously! You’re just going to kill of the main character of one of your highest grossing franchises? Get real. The audience isn’t dumb and shame on you for thinking as much! Well unless you’re seven years old... you probably fooled some seven year olds. Good for you. Taking candy from a baby and such. 1.5/2
6.5/10 I had fun with this flick but I would debate if this is an actual flick. It has all the things a movie has but its not conventional. We kinda like that here at Gonger reviews so I award it an extra 0.5 for experiments with pending results.
Allan Stringer @Gonger_Reviews
Allan Stringer (if that's his real name) hails from the Mutara Nebula and has travelled through space and time to check out the only thing us pathetic humans have to offer: movies. Marvel at his intelligence!