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Avengers Infinity War: My Movie Review (Part 3 of 3)

WARNING: Spoilers ahead!!!

British-Guyanese actress Letitia Wright (Shuri of Black Panther/ Reb of Ready Player One/ Nish of Black Mirror/ Renie of Humans/ Anahson of Doctor Who/ Chantelle of Top Boy) played her reprised role as Shuri, a princess of Wakanda and a sister of T’Challa. She is a skilled martial artist who was allowed to access extensive advanced technologies and wealth and uses learned transmorphic capabilities.

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 Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro (DJ of Star Wars: The Last Jedi/ Alejandro of Sicario/ The Snake of The Little Prince/ The Collector of Guardians of the Galaxy/ Lawrence Talbot of The Wolfman/ Jackie Boy of Sin City) played his reprised role as The Collector aka Taneleer Tivan,  one of the Elders of the Universe, who is also an obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar relics, fauna and species of all manner in the galaxy. He keeps the Reality Stone, one of the Infinity Stones Thanos sought for.

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 American actor Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones/ Eddie of Pixels/ Dr. Bolivar Trask of X-Men: Days of Future Past/ Arthur Ramsey of Threshold/ Miles Finch of Elf/ Mighty Eagle of The Angry Birds/ James of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) played his role as Eitri, king of the dwarves of Nidavellir, and weaponsmith, based on the Norse mythological dwarf of the same name. He recreated Thor’s hammer.

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 American actor James Brolin (Cable of Deadpool 2/ Beck Weathers of Everest/ Matt Graver of Sicario/ Dwight of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For/ Young Agent K of Men in Black 3/ Jonah Hex of Jonah Hex/ Geroge W. Bush of W./ Detective Trupo of American Gangster/ Bates of Into the Blue/ Josh of Mimic/ James Hickok of The Young Riders) played his role as Thanos, an intergalactic despot from planet Titan who longs to collect all six of the Infinity Stones in order to impose his will on all of reality, wanting to “re-balance the universe”.

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The film has received numerous praise for the performances of the cast (particularly Brolin’s  as Thanos) and the emotional weight of the story, as well as the action sequences and visual effects.

IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, gave an average  8.7/10 from 429, 801-star voters.

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an average rating of 7.4/10 and 83% approval rating based on 338 reviews. The site’s critical consensus also reads,

 “Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.”

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 68 /100, based on 53 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. On the other hand, audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it an 87% overall positive score with a 68% “definite recommend”.

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Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter praised the writers’ and directors’ ability to balance the large cast of characters, saying, 

“…writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors Anthony and Joe Russo, under the supervision of Marvel Films maestro Kevin Feige, acknowledge the traffic jam of egos and play it for laughs”

Owen Gleiberman of Variety concurred, stating

Infinity War is a brashly entertaining jamboree, structured to show off each hero or heroine and give them just enough to do, and to update their mythologies without making it all feel like homework.”

Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers said the film is “too much of a good thing” and wrote, 

“The Russo brothers have clearly never learned the concept that less is more. They’ve used the premise of an Avengers reunion to put on a fireworks explosion of action and laughs that won’t quit.”

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 Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called it Marvel’s “biggest and most ambitious movie yet”, but concluded 

“it’s certainly not the best. However, there’s plenty of action, humor and heart—and some genuinely effective dramatic moments.” 

Roeper went on to praise the film’s cast and Josh Brolin in particular, whom he called “the film’s most interesting performance”.

Josh Spiegel, also of The Hollywood Reporter said,

“the film takes a cue from the ending of The Empire Strikes Back in its super-sized finale; this is the equivalent of Han Solo frozen in the carbonite, on steroids.”

McCarthy also praised the film’s action sequences, saying 

“Infinity War brims with tensely spectacular combat sequences, even if the question of who’s going to win each one has that extravagantly arbitrary could-Mighty-Mouse-beat-up-Superman? quality.”

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Stephanie Zacharek of Time said, 

“It isn’t really a beginning, but more of a middle or an end with a new piece of yarn attached. You need to have seen and internalized every one of the previous 18 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to fully get it. There’s no pacing in Avengers Infinity War. It’s all sensation and no pulse. Everything is big, all of the time.”

Based on my personal thoughts and review, this movie is indeed one of the best ever produced by Marvel Studios. With the largest ensemble of actors from different MCU films, this one should not really be missed to watch if you have watched all the previous 18 films from MCU and also if you’ re a big fan of Marvel Comics. You will really understand all about the Infinity Stones, why they were longingly sought by Thanos and why those 6 stones were introduced in previous films as Tesseract, Aether, Eye of Agamotto, etc. 

This latest film from Avengers and the penultimate part of the Avengers film series will surely mesmerize you upon watching this one. Not only you will be startled by the actions and combat fights, it will also make you chortle by the humorous punchlines among characters. This movie is suitable for all ages since it has no extreme violence and no gore at all, except there are still scenes that need parental guidance for kiddos.

As a Filipino, I am also happy that one of our tourist spots in the Philippines, the Banaue Rice Terraces was added on the last scene where Thanos took his rest and sit for awhile upon claiming all the Infinity Stones.

For me, this movie has 75% action and 25% humor, you just need to watch this sooner to avoid getting spoiled by others when your friends tell scenes on this one of the best-selling films of all time. Though this is not yet goodbye for our lifesaving superheroes, I’m sure they’re gonna be back next year for the grand finale of their clash against the formidable Thanos.

One of the best movies I’ve ever watched in my generation, your generation and our generation. If this one has made it fourth on the bestselling films of all time and top-grossing film of 2018, how much more will be the finale next year? This movie is indeed a great success. Kudos to all actors, the writers, and the two promising directors — the Russo Brothers.

I give my 10 out of 10 for my vote. Greatly recommended!

If you haven’t watched this  film yet, check out its trailer below courtesy of Marvel Entertainment YT channel:

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