((Note: Sorry, friends, that this review is coming before my review of Iron Man, which was supposed to come first. I just finished this movie now and I needed to get this down. Iron Man is in the works and will come shortly after.))
Hey, friends. Guess what? I just finished rewatching Avengers: Infinity War and I’m pretty emotionally messed up. This review might have some spoilers in it, I’m not sure (It doesn’t), so be careful.
This movie has been hyped over the past…year, talking about how epic it will be when all of the heroes come together against one enemy. This movie dances with the idea that maybe 20+ superheroes aren’t enough. Thanos is our antagonist. He’s a titan. He’s purple. He’s dead-set on returning the world to its previous glory and he doesn’t care who he has to kill to get there. Something mentioned throughout the movies is the Infinity Stones. Basically, there are six Stones: Power, Space, Reality, Soul, Time, and Mind. Thanos had some dwarves craft him a gauntlet capable of wielding all six Stones so he could use it to complete his destiny, or whatever. He’ll be so powerful once he gets all six Stones, he’ll be able to snap his fingers and half the population of the Earth would die. Vanish. Disappear.
Of course Thanos has a reason for wanting to do this, but it’s better explained in the actual film.
In the past movies, we’ve seen four of the six Stones. The first we see is in Captain America: The First Avenger, then again in Marvel’s The Avengers. The Tesseract is a cube that contains the glowing, powerful, blue Space Stone. The second is in Thor: The Dark World, where the Dark Elves are always described as harnessing a power called the Aether. This was the Reality Stone, but liquified to make the Aether. At the end of that movie, we see Sif taking the Stone to the Collector so no one else tries anything with it. The third Stone we see is in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Thor brings the Vision to life with his hammer. The Vision has a stone embedded in his head, and that is the Mind Stone, which keeps him functioning. The fourth we see in Dr. Strange, and that is the Time Stone. Strange is told several times of its power and how those chosen to use it must protect it at all costs. It is incredibly important in Infinity War and gives the heroes a slight advantage. Slight.
So, for the most part, Thanos goes out into the galaxy and kills people to get these stones, and it’s all pretty tragic. There are countless memes made about this movie, and, yeah, they’re all pretty hilarious, actually, but the emotion the audience feels while watching is deep. An amazing choice made by either the director, of the director of music, or someone, was that there be no score behind the movie for the last, maybe…five to eight minutes. I feel that if there was music, it would be incredibly heart-wrenching, and ridiculously difficult to watch.
Something that matched the tone of the movie were the end credits. In past Avengers movies, we’ve seen grand graphics with the Avengers theme in the background (Marvel’s The Avengers) or a ridiculously detailed statue with an epic twist to the original theme (Avengers: Age of Ultron). In this movie, the credits were displayed in a simplistic white text, against a background of black. I’ll link the credits for you guys (don’t worry, there are no spoilers) so you can understand what I mean. Playing over the credits is a haunting piano playing a somber, melancholy twist to the original theme. The part that gets you is at minute 2:18.
As explained in my Iron Man review ((which hasn’t come out yet)) I saw this movie after Black Panther, meaning it was the second Marvel movie I had ever seen. Don’t do that. It means so much less to do that. I didn’t understand just why everyone was so touched by this film, but then I rewatched it and understood.
I might give this a 10 out of 10, but then again, not everything needs to be graded.