This is going to be a completely honest review from the heart of a die hard nerd. I, like many others, have waited 10 years for this moment and now the time has come, I’ve already seen it twice in 24 hours. It’s arguably the biggest film of the century, and if I had to sum up my reaction to it after my first viewing, I would’ve said nothing because the film left me speechless. Now with all comic book films, I always go back and give it a second viewing to see how I really feel about it, without the hype and excitement clouding my judgement (I liked ‘Suicide Squad’ when I first saw it, now I hate it). So here is my review, but don’t worry, there are NO SPOILERS below, not even a hint at plot points or lines. Trust me, as an comic book fan and self proclaimed nerd, I wouldn’t dream of giving even a second of this film away.
(Thanos) is the real deal, worthy of forcing every single player in the MCU to join forces.
First off, the film HAD to cement Thanos as a worthy foe. They couldn’t build him up for this long, only for him to turn out to be another Malekith or Whiplash. Thankfully, he is right up there with Loki and Killmonger. This guy is the real deal, worthy of forcing every single player in the MCU to join forces. Thanos ups the ante and sets the scale of the film right from the outset and only escalates it as time progresses. The film had built itself up as this huge main event, and somehow, they actually reached the insanely high expectations they set all the fans up for. Thanos comes out of this film as the best character for my money, something not many people will be expecting. This is down to the layers of his character development as well as making him completely understandable, something villains who want to destroy the world have never had before.
Even if you think you’re fully prepared for this, you’re not.
The Russo Brothers may have balanced everyone well in ‘…Civil War’, but asking them to do it with almost triple the characters and all around the galaxy, not just on Earth, was a pretty big ask. In my opinion, (and I’ve seen some criticism on this) they managed it almost flawlessly. No one within the film gets forgotten and everyone shines. My MVP’s of the film are characters who weren’t even in my top ten beforehand, but no one gets left out to dry or steamrolled over too much. Okay, if I’m nitpicking (and I mean really nitpicking), there are possibly two characters who deserved a bit more attention. but it’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Chances are, you’re gonna see a lot of characters in a different light once the credits roll.
This is only the second time in my life I’ve been left physically speechless as the credits rolled.
Speaking of balancing, the film runs at a seemingly hefty 160 minutes to allow for this, but let me tell you that flies by. Seriously, I saw ‘Every Day’ before this and that felt longer and was over an hour shorter. Every scene in ‘Infinity War’ feels like it belongs, there’s never a moment that feels out of place. We don’t have moments like Thor going into a pool and there’s no awkward exchanges with pointless characters. You get humour, you get spectacle and you get emotion. My feelings still haven’t recovered about a multitude of things. The feeling of each scene is well balanced too. The Guardians rightfully get a lot of the humour, but the film knows when to hone in on the stakes or when to allow characters room to breathe, even if just for a few seconds. There’s not a second that goes by that you’ll be wondering how long is left, if anything the final few moments sneak up on you. My second viewing only further proved this as when we reached a point I knew was near the end, I was sure I’d only been sat down for an hour or so.
One scene make the entire audience (me included) gasp out loud.
I’m defiantly gonna write a more spoilery article on this at a later date, but for now I’m too scared to type or even speak about this film out loud. What I will say is this; if you’re invested in the MCU like I am, this film is perfect. It’s an emotional pay off to 10 years and 18 films worth of investment and it will leave you absolutely stunned. Even if you think you’re fully prepared for this, you’re not. ‘…Infinity War’ not only lives up to the hype, it even has the audacity to throw in surprises and shocks that will literally make your jaw drop. One scene make the entire audience (me included) gasp out loud. Remember, that audience at a midnight screening is full of nerds and die hard fans who think they know which way the films going to go, so to get this kind of reaction is unheard of. I’ve never experienced a moment like that. Hell, I’ve never had a cinematic experience like this.
If you haven’t seen the other MCU films, obviously the film is going to be a harder sell and won’t have the same impact as it had on me. But, assuming you are well versed within the universe, you’re in for something special and genuinely life changing. You’ll never forget where you were and how you felt watching this for the first time. This is only the second time in my life I’ve been left physically speechless as the credits rolled. What a time to be a alive.