Two hours and 40 minutes. That’s the running time of Infinity War. When it was over, and I do mean over *cough cough*, the lights went up in the theater and I thought to myself; “oh sweet Baby Groot, how am I going to review this movie without spoilers!!??”
I went to bed that night thinking about the movie, and I woke up with it still there. My phone buzzed, and it was the WZLX Karlson & McKenzie morning show asking if I would like to pop on the air and sum up what I thought of Infinity War in one sentence...
Still half asleep, and without a drop of coffee, I blurted out: “It’s the most ambitious movie Marvel has ever made.”
Many hours later, and fully caffeinated, I stand by that blurt. You thought Black Panther was ambitious? Please hold on to the bar.
If you really stop and think about it, the ability to pull off a movie of this magnitude is just mind-boggling. Think about how difficult it is to get all your favorite friends in the same room together at the same time. Now imagine if your friends are Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo....well, you get the idea. Even if you’re shooting concurrently while other Marvel movies being made (Wakanda scenes for an Avengers film, while on set filming Black Panther, for example), the logistics must have been a total nightmare.
The cost to make a film like this? I can not imagine, but I can guess it’s one of the reasons the soundtrack to this film is exactly two songs long. And if memory serves, only one of them is an actual pop song, not music written specifically for the film.
Which brings me to my ONE issue with this movie. There are certain scenes where camera shots, like panning around people's backs, took my head OUT of the film and had me thinking that these actors were NOT in the same room at the same time to shoot the scene. Maybe I've just watched both versions of Parent Trap too often to NOT notice those kinds of things, but it's a minor blip considering the overall success of the film. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
Okay, enough film-making geekery, let’s get to the real nerding. It is an absolute thrill to see all your favorite Marvel ‘supers’ on screen together, many for the first time. There are a couple missing..but the film lets you know who and why early on, and I think I speak for most of us when I say, they aren’t exactly missed. *cough cough* is that an ant on my keyboard? *cough cough*
Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax (David Bautista) having a full on ‘god-man’ crush on Thor is totally delicious. Watching Peter Quill get jealous of this bromance? Priceless.
And that ladies and germs, is as spoilery as I’m going to get. I want you to see this movie with eyes wide open. You’re going to need to get a good night’s sleep beforehand as well. It’s almost three hours people, and almost none of that is DOWN time. The pace is enough to make you dizzy. Pack some smelling salts just in case.
Standout shoutouts are as follows: Josh Brolin as big bad Daddy Thanos. I know it’s CGI, but it’s the most emotive CGI I’ve ever seen. Brolin’s performance brings this villain to life in a way that makes you seriously consider joining him. Our boy has come a LONG way since Goonies. Bravo.
Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is next-level awesomeness. Funny in all the right places, breath-taking badassery in every scene.
Teenage Groot. Sassing back, head perpetually down, video gaming device in hand, just like your teens at home! (minus the tree part)
Wakanda. Just like, ALL of Wakanda. Every single square inch. Can we all find Black Panther’s hidden kingdom and move there? Like, today maybe?
Listen, let’s meet back here in about a week. You go see the movie, and then we can get knee-deep in discussing all the red herrings, and swap theories on what happens next, without spoiling it for anyone. Cool? Cool.