In a few hours, I’m off to a midnight screening of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. I am beyond excited, probably more than I have been for any film ever. To be honest, it’s probably up there as the one of the things I’ve been most excited for ever. Now, while some will say “It’s just a film”, I am here telling you it’s not, at least not in my case.
Looking back on the MCU, Captain America hasn’t gathered as much love as many of the other, more charismatic, characters. It’s understandable, like Superman, he’s a character committed to always doing the right thing and while never unlikable, people respond much better to say Tony Stark’s wit or Star Lord’s sarcasm. Because of this, a lot of people have taken his films for granted as just part of the MCU (Except for ‘…Civil War’). Now, while his third outing is undoubtedly one of the best MCU offerings, there’s something I’d like to argue; his first is the strongest pre-Avengers films and ‘… Winter Soldier’ is actually the best of the three. Overall, his entire trilogy is magnificent but also insanely underappreciated.
I’ll keep this one short as there really isn’t anything of note to see here. Ten years after the original, the Kaiju return somehow and it’s up to Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) to lead a group of recruits to save the entire world. The plot is honestly the most baffling and boring one I’ve seen all year. As it goes on, you lose track of how everything is happening. The films brushes over pretty massive reveals and character development is non-existent. Honestly, when we get to the final battle I couldn’t name nearly all of those involved.
Blockbuster films have lost their appeal over the years. While we used to get ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘WarGames’, we are now subjected to ‘Transformers’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. When ‘Ready Player One’ was announced, it looked like it was going to be “References: The Movie”. While it undoubtedly is full of more easter eggs than any film ever, it’s so much more than that. I should know by now to never doubt Steven Spielberg.
Marvel’s latest is their most unique and dynamic film to date. While not in the same regard as their best work (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘…Winter Solider’), it’s unique tone, visuals and story make it stand out above others that have come before it. From its opening scene, it’s an unapologetic reminder this is the first superhero film led by a black man and it’s not going to do things the way they’ve been done before. It’s most shocking omission is the lack of action – and that’s not a weakness in the slightest. By not being made up of “crashy, crashy, bang, bang!” moments, it gives all of the character interactions time to work and feel real, not just discussions after discussion of how to stop the bad guys.