Saturday, April 28, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

This is a great film. I will not give away any spoilers at all. At some point in a few weeks I might come back to it and discuss some of things that happened.

As I said this is a great film. I was very impressed how Marvel was able to intergrate so many super heroes into one film. It didn't feel forced or contrived at all.

Here's a little from the review in the Post:
What is not unexpected is the film’s death toll. Fanboys and fangirls have already steeled themselves to the eventuality that favorite characters will die here. Opening with a distress call from the Asgardian refugee spaceship that was seen fleeing planetary destruction at the end of last year’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Infinity War” gets that outcome out of the way early, paving a path forward for a film that, while very funny for much of its 2 ½ -hour running time, ends on an almost stunningly somber note. It should be mentioned that there is already a sequel planned for next year that is likely to act as a corrective — short of bringing people back from the grave. In the manner of the second and third “Matrix” films, and the “Deathly Hallows” segments of the Harry Potter films, you can expect that upcoming movie to be more of a conclusion to a giant, two-part saga — complete with this installment’s cliffhanger ending — than a free-standing sequel.

The laughs are dialed back some. But pay very close attention to when the Guardians rescue Thor and Star Lords reaction to him. It is some of the funniest parts of the movie. In fact I'd say some of the funniest parts of any of the Marvel movies. Also of note is the relationship that develops between Rocket and Thor.

Some reviews said that the movie runs long. I don't think that at all. I was suddenly surprised when I realized it was about to come to an end. There are a few slower parts in the film. But they're slower because they are not full of action. They also allow the audience to catch their breath.

I thought Chris Hemsworth was especially good in the film. He's really come into his own since Thor: Ragnarok. And he certainly gets beat up in this film. As you can see from the photo below.

In all a really good movie. I choose to see it at the Uptown which has one of the biggest screens in DC. The screen is curved, 70 feet long and 40 feet high. It is also one of the oldest theaters in DC opening in 1936. One other good thing about seeing it at the Uptown is that it cost $6 to get in. A really cheap price these days.

One funny event happened while I was there. I had gotten my seat (at 9am in the morning there weren't all that many people there) and was going out to get some candy. This kid of around 13-14 asked me if this was the theater that the Avengers was playing in. I said back to him that there was only one screen. He didn't understand my answer and asked the question again. I again said there was only one screen. He still couldn't figure out what I was talking about so I quickly added that this was where the Avengers was playing. The funny thing is the kid couldn't comprehend that a theater would have only one screen.

Go out and enjoy this movie.

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