“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) Film Review

Dir; Anthony & Joe Russo.  Starring; Every superhero ever.  Color.  PG-13.  149 min.
Marvel fans will be going cuckoo for Co-Co Puff’s over “Avengers: Infinity War”.  Deservedly so.  10 years and 19 movies in the MCU so far.  Millions of people have spent a lot of time and money on this franchise.  This is supposed to be the payoff.  Unfortunately, the old saying “too much of a good thing” applies here.
The Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) has his eyes set on collecting all six Infinity Stones for his gold glove.  Don’t ask me to name each of the stones, but they are color coded so you won’t be too confused.  Once Thanos collects them all, he plans to wipe out half of all living creatures in the universe to balance everything.  Only The Avengers, and The Guardians of the Galaxy, and every character that has ever appeared in a Marvel comic book can stop him.  Thanos is the menacing villain that has been teased since the original “Avengers” movie, and his unstoppable nature does not disappoint.
If you have not seen the previous 19 films you will have no idea what is going on here.  This is going to get confusing, so try to keep up.  From the initial frame, the Russo brothers plunge you straight into the action with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battling Thanos and his crew of evil dudes.  Then you have The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) crash landing into Dr. Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) house, insisting on seeing Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).  A circular spaceship shows up and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) swings into action.  Captain America (Chris Evans) has been in hiding with his other super pals, and meets with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in Wakanda to battle an invading army of alien dogs.  Thor is floating in space, eventually picked up by The Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).  Everything make sense so far?
“Avengers: Infinity War” is like a 16 episode television show shoved into one movie.  This is not hard to follow because it’s overly intelligent, it is simply all over the place.  Spider-Man and Iron Man in space.  Captain America and The Hulk going to Wakanda.  Thor going to re-ignite a star so he can get an axe to replace his hammer.  There is never a focus.
My only spoiler alert moment will be this, and I will keep it vague.  Two long-running characters in the franchise are killed off.  This is a bold move.  Yet, at the end, more than half of these superhero’s are “killed off” too, leading to a cliff-hanger for the next “Avengers” movie coming next summer.  No way Marvel sent that many characters to their grave, making the earlier deaths cheap and unbelievable.  This is the M.O. for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  They have a shocking moment, then pull it back to keep things safe.
Have you ever watched a Victoria’s Secret fashion show?  When every new model comes out the audience claps.  They walk in their lingerie, spin, then leave the runway.  That is “Avengers: Infinity War”.  Your favorite superhero comes out dressed in their costume.  The audience claps as he/she struts their stuff, then they walk off screen for the next superhero to show up.  I love some of these characters and the actors portraying them as much as the next guy, but I do not need all of them in one movie.
Suck Factor: 5 out of 7 (7 means your movie really SUCKS!)
Written by Byrd

The SUCK FACTOR, how it works. We have flipped the rating system upside down. If a film is classic, it gets a 0. Meaning that movie has 0 SUCKS. If a film is complete trash you must avoid at all costs, it gets a 7, meaning this movie really SUCKS!

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