My Spoiler-Free Infinity War Review

Okay, public service announcement, it’s Avengers: Infinity War, not Infinity Wars.  I get it, you watch too much Star Wars (as if that’s possible) and wars should be plural.  Well, in this case, it is not, there is only one war.

And that war is brutal.  For the Avengers, anyway.  I said I wasn’t going to spoil it, but daaaaaaaaang.

Taken as a stand-alone movie, Infinity War is kind of terrible.  They just sort of assume you have seen all the MCU movies and are already emotionally invested in all the characters.  If that is not the case for you, this movie will just be almost three hours of random people with random powers punching and shooting at each other.

Fortunately, this is not a stand-alone movie.  It is the first part of the culmination of a larger story woven by 18 films spanning over a decade.  As part of the whole of the MCU, Infinity War is a wholly engaging and entertaining spectacle.  That’s a tall order for a movie over two hours long, at least for me.  Does it have it’s flaws?  Yes.  But was I entertained?  Yes.

 

Again, I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s no secret that Dr. Strange is able to manipulate time through the Time Stone in the Eye of Agamotto, which figures in to Infinity War, so pretty much anything that happens in this movie is easily nonpermanent, one way or another.  Which is yet another reason the “drama” of this movie falls a bit flat, it’s kind of hard to take anything bad that happens to our intrepid heroes seriously when there’s a pretty major loophole built in.

Really, I can’t give this movie a definitive “good” or “bad” answer yet.  This is just one part of the story, and, taken alone, it is ultimately frustrating by the end.  Whether it winds up being good, bad, or mediocre sort of depends on what happens in the MCU over the next year.

If you are going to see Infinity War (which, if you are a fan of the MCU, you definitely should), my advice is, catch up on some of the previous movies.  You probably don’t need to rewatch all of them, but in order for the movie to truly resonate with you (because, as I said, they didn’t bother with any character development at all), you should probably watch Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Dr. Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther, not necessarily in that order.  I wish I had.

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