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The Avengers Infinity War

This post contains spoilers and I’d really suggest you exit out if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

 

First Impression

 

Still here? Good well I hope you’ll share your own first impressions of the movie with me. I for one couldn’t begin to review it and in fact feel the strong need to see it again to fully process it all. There is a lot going on in this movie and I think the genius of it is that it will practically require a second viewing from nearly everyone. I was so floored at the end of the movie that I barely know what happened before the credits started to roll. I vaguely remember Thanos sitting by a lake but I couldn’t say for sure what happened. Once our heroes started fading away into the wind I was lost.

I know that most, if not all, of these characters will inevitably return but that does little to take the sting out of the ending. They lost! The Avengers actually lost and the consequences were dire. I was more than floored, I was like Vision after Scarlett Witch sent him crashing through the ground in Civil War. There were characters I went into this movie fully expecting to lose before it was all said and done. It’s like they knew what I was thinking though and did the exact opposite.

I think Marvel somehow knew what everyone was thinking and they managed to shock us all. Never in my wildest dreams did I see some of these guys fading into dust. I am amazed at the decision to have Black Panther as one of the characters because the studio is literally still raking in the cash from the character’s debut film in theaters. It takes a lot of balls to create such a massive following for a character and then kill him off mere months later. Black Panther made me gasp, but Dr. Strange! Star Lord! Spider-Man for crying out loud! I think Spider-Man’s emotional fading away was the hardest for me to take, and to understand.

They must be freaking out over at Sony. I cannot believe they would actually go along with Marvel if the plans were to kill him off in this movie. I mean it seems like an insane idea. The sequel for Homecoming has already been announced but they can’t advertise or reveal anything about the movie before the next Avengers film when Spider-Man inevitably returns. From a marketing standpoint alone it doesn’t seem like a good idea and I would never trust anybody who said they saw that coming in this movie. The next Avengers is due out next May and the Spider-Man sequel is due out two months later. It’s hard to believe we won’t see a preview for the new Spider-Man prior to May but how can we when he is dead in when the Avengers starts?

I went to see this movie with my mother on the first possible showing I could get to. I flew home from vacation on Thursday night and skipped out on work the next day in favor of seeing the film. 11:05 on the opening Friday was the absolute first possible chance I had to see it and I absolutely couldn’t wait any longer. After the movie my mom and I went to lunch and she was trying to talk to me but I couldn’t find any words to reciprocate the conversation. I think I was literally in shock at how this movie ended and honestly that feeling has stayed with me for the past few days.

I don’t know that I have ever been hit so hard by a film’s ending. Yes there are more dramatic endings out there but this was all just so unexpected that I can’t help but put it near or on the top. There are precious few films I walk out of and feel different. This is one of them. It wasn’t the best sort of different because I felt defeated when I left this movie. I had been thrilled through and through but leveled to the ground in the end.

I by no means am talking bad about the film. I loved the movie, but it left me a shock that I haven’t been able to shake. All I can think about is how much it means for the next movie. Regardless what happens to bring everyone back we can at least expect a movie that doesn’t fully feature the likes of Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and so many more.

Truthfully, these days as long as we got Thor we definitely have something to look forward to and I have no doubt that the next Avengers film will be awesome. I revel in the opportunity to see all these characters together though and I don’t think we get that until most likely the end of the next film or late in the second act at best. It will be cool to see pretty much the original Avengers regroup to fight Thanos a second time and win but it will have high expectations to live up to.

This movie managed to not only live up to but to exceed expectations and that gives me hope. We will finally see what Hawkeye has been up to and Ant Man will be on hand to help out too. Their complete absence in this film was disappointing but at least in Ant Man’s case it makes sense because he has a new film due out in a couple of months. I look forward to seeing Ant Man and The Wasp particularly to see how it ends and if anybody fades into dust.

I am a sucker for records being broken and it pleased me to no end that this movie not only broke, but shattered the opening weekend box office record. Making over $258 million in three days is impressive, and good enough to beat out the insane $248 that the The Force Awakens made. It’s so awesome that with this culmination of a ten year cinematic journey that they were able to duke it out with the greatest franchise in history and win. I am not the biggest Star Wars fan, but I have to admire its earning potential. It’ll be hard for The Avengers to stay atop the box office in the summer with so much coming out on a weekly basis, so it’ll be really interesting to see if it matches Black Panther numbers, which continue to grow.

I might sit down and write about this movie again after I see it a second, and maybe third, time and properly digest it. I can’t process it all now, I’m in such a state of shock that I can’t even put my thoughts together properly. For now, if you’re still with me at this point, share your thoughts on the film. What shocked you the most? Where do you think they go from here? Most importantly, what did you think of the movie and will you see it again?

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Year: 2014
Directed By: James Gunn
Written By: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman

RYAN’S REVIEW

This movie came out before I really understood and appreciated the scope of the MCU. I knew that all the comic book movies Marvel was making would eventually tie together and I thought they were all good. Yet when this movie came out I gave it a pass. I have been a comic book fan my whole life yet had never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The previews did nothing to encourage me as I distinctly remember wondering what was up with this movie. There was a talking racoon in it and this big tree thing that was voiced by none other than Vin Diesel. They had a WWE star in the cast! The fat guy from Parks and Rec was playing the lead. There was just no way this movie would amount to anything more than an experiment Marvel lost money on.

Well, I like to admit when I am wrong and from the very beginning of this movie I could instantly tell I was not only wrong about it but I was in store for something spectacular. Starlord dancing around during the opening credits is so engaging and fun. It instantly sets the tone for what turned out to be a really engaging and fun movie. That tone is also set by an awesome soundtrack that would top the charts for many weeks on end.

It turned out that fat guy from Parks and Rec lost a ton of weight and was kind of a hilarious badass in his own way. The talking racoon was not only not stupid but managed to steal the show. He is incredible and awesome in every single scene he is part of. Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot arguably showed more range than Vin Diesel as the actor in popular over explosive movies. I knew nothing about Dave Batista other than him being a WWE performer. Just when that seems like enough I see something like this that throws the whole world off balance.

I thought Dave Bautista was not just good in this movie but outstanding. He is so funny with his literal one liners and lack of understanding when it comes to metaphor or sarcasm. “Why would I run my finger across his throat?” He’s just so unexpectedly hilarious I absolutely cann0t wait for the sequel because I want more of this guy. I wrote him off for no other reason than the fact that he was a pro wrestler by trade and that seemed to be a gross miscalculation.

Chris Pratt blew up into a star following this movie and when you watch the movie it’s easy to see why. He is undeniably likable in this movie and brings a wit to the character that makes him hilarious. I really like Chris Pratt from his days on Parks and Rec where after a while I thought he was the only good thing about the show. I only refer to him as “the fat guy” because I have heard so many people describe him that way. I found it really impressive how he got himself in shape for the role. He did so on his own volition too which shows a lot of dedication to the character.

I can’t think of anything to say about Rocket other than he is just hands down awesome. His dialogue and delivery are so funny. He didn’t have time to work out the “minutia” of the plan, he called Stan Lee a “class A prevert,” and he got Starlord to take that prosthetic leg for his plan to escape the prison. He’s just so funny and I was thoroughly surprised by the character. He is so much more than simply funny as he is a tiny little badass that you just don’t see coming.

By saying no more than three words throughout the movie Vin Diesel actually managed to impress me. I have never been a big fan of the guy and don’t consider him to be a good actor. I can’t stand an actor that has to go over the top trying to be cool. If you have to try to be cool you are simply missing that element that makes it natural. In this film though, with his three words, it’s the coolest I think he has ever been.

Zoe Saldana seems to be part of every sci-fi franchise lately after significant parts in Avatar and the Star Trek franchise. In this movie she looks really good with green skin and I like her character quite a bit. She’s a beautiful woman but I feel like I would’t recognize her in anything else. She has over 40 acting credits but usually when I see her she is either CGI or in tons of make up.

Most of the characters in this movie are in a ton of make up or done by CGI but my favorite is Michael Rooker with that bright blue skin. I am a big fan of Michael Rooker going all the way back to Cliffhanger and before. I love his perception in this movie that Starlord owes him something because he stopped his people from eating him as a child. The arrow that he uses with his whistling is awesome and I can’t wait to see more of it in the sequel.

The rest of this cast is full of great actors in supporting roles. John C. Reilly is great in everything and he manages to be really funny in a small part. Glenn Close brings credibility as the leader of the Nova as does Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. My favorite supporting character is Korath played by Djimon Hounsou. He just looks so wicked in costume and I love the part of the film in which he called Quill Starlord and the response is a delighted “finally.”

I really liked the villains in this movie. Ronan was really wicked from the beginning with his dressing ceremony up to his disgust at Peter Quill dancing. Played by Lee Pace it is hard to recognize him at all in all the make-up but the make-up that hid him was excellent. He is a ruthless villain and thus far one of the better villains in the MCU who haven’t really measured up in the villain department quite like they have in the hero. This movie also gives us our longest look at the coming big bad guy Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. He has merely a cameo in this movie but it offers us a good look at what is to come. I also liked Nebula with her jealous streak and ability to just bounce back into form robotically after being blasted by an explosion. Looks like she will be switching sides in the next film and it will be cool to see her kicking ass for the good guys.

I had never seen anything by Director James Gunn before but I will have an eye out for his work in the future. I think the script he wrote for this movie was just so incredibly funny. I am regularly impressed with the people Marvel finds to helm their movies because often I am unfamiliar with them. They manage to make it all work great though with fantastic continuity for the expanding cinematic universe. No matter who is at the helm all of these movies manage to feel like they are on the same page. It’s an impressive thing and evidence of the genius behind Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige.

I think I have rambled on sufficiently for this movie but I could never say enough about how much I enjoy this movie. I love when I have low expectations of something and it manages to blow me away. If you have preconceived notions about this movie I understand, but I sincerely encourage you to give it a chance and find out as I did how great it is and what you are missing. This movie isn’t just worth your time but worth plenty of your time as it gets better with multiple viewings.