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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR review

An Entire Universe.  Once and For All.

10 years and 18 films later, it has all been leading to this.  “Avengers: Infinity War” follows our mighty heroes and almost all of those we’ve been introduced to over the last decade as they face their strongest and most fierce test yet, Thanos (Josh Brolin); as he looks to restore balance to the Universe.  During the course of the MCU timeline, Thanos has been piecing together his agenda, the Infinity Gauntlet that houses all 6 of the Infinity stones (Space, Reality, Power, Mind, Time, and Soul stones), one-by-one.  As the film begins, we enter where “Thor: Ragnarok” left off; Thanos has decimated the Asgardian ship and only a few remain, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and Heimdall (Idris Elba) among them.  On Earth, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) must recruit Tony (Robert Downey Jr) as he feels Thanos and his minion’s approach to Earth.  Captain America (Chris Evans) and his crew of Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Vision (Paul Bettany) are in-hiding, since the events of “Captain America: Civil War”.  Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), and the Wakandans are on Wakanda.  The Guardians are flying through space, where we last saw them.  With Thanos getting stronger and stronger as he acquires the stones, it’s up to all of our favorite heroes to band-together and put a stop to his merciless destruction.

For starters, the stakes have never been so high!  Sure, Marvel has introduced a few interesting and worthy adversaries, but nothing has ever come close to Thanos.  Viciously-intriguing and powerful, Brolin commands the screen with each word he speaks; there has never been anything like him.  As one would expect, the film’s action is non-stop and exciting.  The action sequences flow, scene-by-scene, showing us new gadgets, tech, and moves as all of our favorite heroes fight for their lives!  While few plot aspects can be spoken about without revealing important details, fans will be excited to hear that the interactions between the different heroes is everything you want it to be and more.  Some of the most “out there” pairings occur, each with their own special jokes and comedic value, as well as story importance that are thoroughly entertaining.  It’s also very important to note that each hero gets their own moment to shine.  Throughout the course of the film, there are over a dozen moments that will cause you to burst out of your seat and cheer!

With the stakes raised more so than ever and the consequences overwhelming, the Russo brothers also pack plenty of gut-punching moments as well.  And that brings me to the most surprising part of the film, the ending.  I have never left a movie so shocked and stunned before in my life; Marvel raises-the-bar in the most impeccable way they can and I cannot wait to see how audiences around the World react!  At 158 minutes, it is now the longest in the MCU franchise, but it has a constant pace and never even comes close to dragging or releasing you from its vice grip.  It’s been one hell of an impressive ride and I can’t wait to see more!

“Avengers” Infinity War” follows the large group of heroes as they face their most powerful and dangerous enemy yet, Thanos.  The film features non-stop action, plenty of comedic moments with characters you’ve come to love over the years, and an ending that smacks you in the face!  If you are going to the movies this weekend, it better be to see “Avengers: Infinity War”!!

AVOID ALL SPOILERS and REMEMBER TO STAY AFTER THE CREDITS!!

 5/5

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references, in theaters APRIL 27TH!

 

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