After ten years, three phases, 18 films, an estimated $14B in box office revenue worldwide, it has ALL. LEAD. TO. THIS!!!
From the opening moments of Avengers: Infinity War, the Mad Titan Thanos makes his presence felt after working behind the scenes to instigate his grand design for years. With the Infinity Gauntlet in his possession and the Black Order at his side, Thanos blazes a trail of death and destruction across the cosmos to lay claim to the Six Infinity Stones.
Thanos is on a crusade rooted in his sick and savage sense of morality. His mission: to bring balance to the universe by reducing the population of the entire universe in half and with all six Infinity Stones, he can accomplish that with tremendous ease. His Black Order sets out into the universe to retrieve Thanos’ prizes and orders them to let nothing and no one stand in their way.
The threat of the Mad Titan’s ambitions is enough to spur The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers into action because of their personal ties to Thanos and his goal. The question is, can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the universe’s best band of outlaws work fast enough to stop him from achieving his dark dream?
Suffice to say, Avengers: Infinity War eviscerated my soul! If you have been on this ride that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning, you can tell yourself that you are ready for this movie all you want! Nothing can prepare you for the triumphs, tragedies and the unrelenting trauma that this movie will put you through and when you come out, when you come home, you come home completely numb!
The Russo Brothers embraced the challenge of assembling all of the major players of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and pitting them against this unstoppable force that is Josh Brolin’s Thanos. The Russos, alongside writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, weaved and blended together all of the distinct themes and elements from all of the Marvel movies leading up to this and brought them to a crescendo so devastating and beautiful, it would be practically a sin to look away from.
The galaxy of stars in the MCU, shined no matter the time they had on screen. At this point, there is nothing but love for Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Sean Gunn, the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Gwyneth Paltrow, William Hurt, Benedict Wong, Benecio Del Toro, Winston Duke, Jacob Batalon, Colbie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson for the marks they left on the movies leading up to this. Newcomers such as Peter Dinklage, Carrie Coon, Michael James Shaw, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughn-Lawlor, were all cool but Brolin stole the show as Thanos; heck, the way the Joe and Anthony Russo set up Avengers: Infinity War? It was practically Thanos’ movie from the jump!
Alan Silvestri’s score was elevated to new heights, Trent Opaloch’s cinematography was stellar, Jeffery Ford and Matthew Schmidt’s editing was excellent, Charles Wood’s production design was fantastic, the art direction was beautiful, the set decoration by Leslie Pope was practically flawless, Judianna Makovsky’s costumes were also practically flawless, the make-up and visual effects make up the best I’ve seen so far this year; all of the discipline and dedication that it took to make the film that brings the Phase Three to a heart-stopping climax, it could be felt.
It is going to take some time to recover from the fallout that was Avengers: Infinity War. You feel so much watching it and when it is done, it’s like you can’t feel anything at all. I can’t remember any movie ever having that effect me. Ever!