I finally got to see Avengers this weekend, and as you can tell by my last #TFBD post i was definitely excited! It’s going to be hard to write a review about this move without spoiling anything, but for those who haven’t seen it yet I worked hard to make sure there is no spoilers below.
If you know me, you know how much I love comics and comic book adaptations. Even though it was such a big part of me growing up, I’ll admit I did push it aside for some time. Now fast forward, it is surreal to see how big these movies are and how they created a genre for themselves.
A big thanks to this has to go for the reboot Marvel did when creating Marvel Studios. It all started when Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau took a chance with Robert Downey Jr. to play Ironman. From 2008 on the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to have one of the biggest cultural impact across the globe with 19 successful films under their belt, including their biggest one yet… Avengers: Infinity War.
The hype was definitely there for this movie, and to be honest there would be regardless because the general audience will build the hype because it is a movie from Marvel. Nevertheless, they worked hard to get here but they’re working twice as hard to maintain the positive reception. The cast has been doing a lot of press recently to promote the film, with a few of them being part of Avengers Week on Jimmy Kimmel Live. My favourite press/promotional piece they did was this bit with the Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch the video below to enjoy some laughs and to also see a cool interaction between the stars and the fans.
Speaking of the cast, there was a big one for this film. During the interviews, the cast was asked about how many characters were featured and they jokingly responded with answers ranging from 30 to 250. While watching the film I tried to keep a tally of deaths and number of avengers or important characters featured, but frankly I lost count. From the poster and the scenes it looked like it was in the 30 range. Well I wanted to make sure and according to Cinema Blend the writers mentioned that there was at least 40 characters. However, the directors and visionaries behind the film mentioned there were around 60+ characters they listed to be included. Keep in mind that maybe some of those characters will be featured in the continuation film releasing in 2019.
The plot seems to be straight forward due to what we’ve seen in trailers, comics and frankly the prior movies. Nevertheless, it’s how we get to this point and how the different avengers cross paths is really interesting and entertaining. Although it is a long movie, you can’t tell because of how the story was told. Believe me, I don’t think anyone knew how to react to that ending (even though we knew it was going to happen).
As stated before, there are a lot of characters. Therefore, prepare for a lot of deaths, some that may be for good and some you may not believe to be final. We are currently in Phase 3 of the MCU, so I went in expecting a couple of characters to bid farewell to. Nevertheless, not all your favourites will have a significant part and maybe just a couple of lines, but trust me they are all important. One thing that didn’t settle with me is that we lose a fan favourite (personal favourite) of mine within the first five minutes.
The Different Elements
If a superhero adaptation follows strictly from the comics then let’s be honest, it’s not going to be that good. There should be a little change with a unique vision to make the movie manifest into an enjoyable experience.
With any Marvel movie, you can definitely enjoy some hilarious scenes. However, I really don’t appreciate the film as much when there is an excessive amount of comedy as it overshadows the character development and story telling. One of the recent Marvel movies, Thor: Ragnarok, was not as enjoyable for me because of how comedic it was. This movie and even Black Panther had a good balance of seriousness with comedic reliefs.
When you have the big bad in purple (Thanos), you can expect a lot of CGI. Regardless, the different scenes that required the fx production still looked appealing.
*Side note* When watching the film, the audience in my theatre started to cheer when we got to see Wakanda! WAKANDA FOREVER!
Superhero films get criticized a lot as is, but one of the main things even by comic book fans is if the movie is chopped and screwed. This movie had a lot going on with various characters at different locations but it smoothed effortlessly with beautiful cuts to seam it together.
Check out this interview with Collider as the Russo brothers talk about the movie length, story and how these movies will be their own, not just a part one and two.
Final Verdict and Score
Simply put, the movie is great. You can expect action, adventure, comedy and so much more with this film. The only thing I didn’t like was the way they did certain deaths. WARNING – please take caution when watching the film as your jaw will drop. You need to stay to the VERY end, for an important post-credit scene. If you were confused by it, don’t feel bad as many were. Take a look at the explanation provided by The Verge, but DO NOT open if you haven’t watched the film yet as this contains SPOILERS.
Here’s my score but let me know what you think in the comments below! Make sure you follow and subscribe for more!
Final Score: 9.5/10 Must Watch: Yes Watch Again: Yes