RATING: 4.5 out of 5
(Warning: this post has spoilers so read on only if you’ve seen the movie)
Let’s be honest because Thanos hates liars: after months of heavy marketing and 10 years of waiting for “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to come together and battle Thanos for the Infinity Stones, you’re watching “Avengers: Infinity War” regardless of what reviews might say.
The good news for fans is that the movie delivers on its promise and then some. I can’t think of any movie that’s been surrounded with the level of hype that “Infinity War” has had to deal with and actually live up to expectations. “Avengers: Infinity War” is as good as the trailers said it would be. It weaves all these characters and storylines so beautifully that you’d be surprised how well everything works.
If you’ve seen any of the major Marvel releases in the last 10 years, then you’re already more or less familiar with the plot of “Infinity War”. Thanos, that ube-colored bald-headed guy you’ve seen in posters is out to bring balance to the universe. He’s of the belief that the resources in the universe is finite so in order to create a more peaceful and sustainable existence, multitudes have to be sacrificed for the greater good. In other words siya yung tipong pag nakita niyang madumi ang Boracay hindi niya lang papasara yung buong Boracay papatayin niya pa yung mga nag-aalok ng massage at banana boat doon.
In order to annihilate half of all living things in the universe with just the snap of his fingers, he needs to find all 6 of the Infinity Stones. Naturally, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and the rest of our heroes won’t allow him to do that and they sacrifice life and limb in order to save the universe from Thanos.
The major draw of “Infinity War” is that all the characters in the MCU are now finally together in one movie. But the challenge was how to weave their stories together and give most of them adequate screen time. And surprisingly, the film was able to do that really well by giving us unlikely pairings that works perfectly somehow. Doctor Strange and Iron Man out-douching each other? Fantastic. Thor and Rocket Racoon having a heart to heart talk? Awesome. Everyone in the movie is given importance and adds value to the overall plot of the film.
But the true star of the film for me is the villain. My biggest gripe in Marvel movies in the past has always been its villains. Aside from Loki, I don’t think the MCU has had a compelling villain. As antagonists go, Thanos might be as good as it gets for Marvel as we finally have a formidable and complex foe for our heroes to go against. He’s not your conventional baddie who’s out to wreck the universe just because he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. He actually believes that it’s his destiny to bring order to the universe even if it means sacrificing those dearest to him. (Sumalangit nawa si Gamora. *sign of the cross*)
You can even go so far as to argue that Thanos isn’t all that bad. In the movie, he actually refrains from killing Tony Stark and company a lot of times even though its something he can easily do. On the other hand, inubos niya rin yung lahi ng mga Asgardians. See? He’s a complex character and that’s what’s so great about him.
I like how the movie takes risks and starts off strong by killing off some major characters. That to me is one of the best starts for any MCU film so far. In addition, having the Hulk fight Thanos and get his ass handed to him shows us right away how formidable Thanos is. It sets the tone that the stakes are high and that Thanos, kahit na mukhang scrotum na nakalmot ng pusa yung baba niya, is not someone you should take lightly.
Marvel has been criticized in the past for shying away from emotional scenes and that’s what makes “Infinity War” stand out from the MCU. The tone of the movie, despite the jokes and silly banter, is markedly heavier. There are quite a lot of tear-jerker moments in the movie and that’s something that I welcome personally. It has always been Marvel’s style to disrupt an emotional scene with comedy just before the tears fall and they still do that in “Infinity War” but to an extent that’s less disruptive.
But if there’s something about the film that prevents it from being perfect in my book, it’s that the “deaths” seem like half measures. They’re there to show us how grave the situation is and to provide the movie with emotional moments. Pero sa totoo lang, alam naman nating temporary lang yang mga deaths na yan di ba? All you need to do is to take a look at Marvel’s slate of movies to find out who survives.
Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s unreasonable to expect Marvel to kill off the characters that make the company money but it would be great if they threw us a curveball and killed off someone of importance. Take a page from Game of Thrones, Marvel! Gulatin mo kami ng konti! Wag lang yung tipong Red Wedding hindi ako ready makitang may saksak sa tiyan si Spider-Man. (Pero kung si Hawkeye o Falcon game lang.)
There’s been a lot of talk recently about “superhero fatigue” setting in. James Cameron was even quoted as saying how he wishes that people get tired of these Avengers movies soon. After 10 years and 19 films, it’s only natural for that to happen. But I think what’s great about “Infinity War” is how it makes the audience thirsty for more. Because of the events in the film, I’m now even more curious to see what comes in Avengers 4. Because of how well the movie gives depth to it’s characters, excited na rin akong makita yung susunod na chapter sa individual na stories nila.
That, I think, is a genius move on the part of Marvel. Ten years from now whoever’s left of the Avengers will battle another big bad villain like Thanos. I’m sure we’ll all be there for that ride.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is now out in cinemas.
All photos courtesy of MARVEL STUDIOS
In the spirit of the MCU, may after credits rin tong review ko! Here are the other random things that I liked about the movie:
1.) Ako lang ba o ang astig ni Thor bigla? Dati na-cocorny-han ako sa character niya and I honestly think that the Thor films are the weakest links in the Marvel Universe. They tweaked his character in “Thor: Ragnarok” to make him funnier but some might say na masyado naman siyang kengkoy dun. I think “Infinity War” portrays him really well. Ang kulang na lang sa kanya ngayon e matuto siyang asintahin yung ulo ni Thanos at hindi yung dibdib! Kahit yung braso na nga lang sana di ba para naputol yung kamay! Etong si Thor dalawa na nga ulit yung mata pero parang bulag pa rin e.
2.) Sobrang astig ng intro ni Captain America dun sa train station sa Scotland! Simula ngayon pag may party ganyan na ang entrance ko magtatago lang ako sa dilim tapos biglang lilitaw. Kaso si Steve Rogers lang ata yung taong lalong naging magandang lalaki nung nag mukhang gusgusin e. Kung iba yun pinagkamalan na siyang taong grasa. We didn’t see a lot of Cap in “Infinity War” but he’s going to be front and center in Avengers 4 for sure.
3.) RDJ as Tony Stark remains the heart and soul of the MCU but he doesn’t overpower this time around. The first two Avengers movies succeeds and suffers from having too much RDJ, which is natural because he’s the biggest name and the most charismatic among the group. In “Infinity War”, he’s still arguably the most important but the movie allows other characters to shine.
4.) It’s funny to me how it’s Starlord who fucks everything up for everyone. If it was going to be anyone in the MCU who would commit a major blunder during a pivotal moment, you’d expect it to be him, right? Kung ako sa kanya matutuwa na rin ako na kasama ako dun sa mga nilalang sa universe na naging abo kasi hindi ko ata kaya na yung kalahati ng mga nilalang sa universe na natitira e ako yung sisisihin.
5.) Seriously, how freaking cool is it na pagkatapos makipaglaban ni Thanos sa buong MCU at pagkatapos niyang ubusin ang kalahati ng population ng mundo ay napili niyang mag punta ng Banaue Rice Terraces para dun mag relax? Hindi ko alam kung may mas epektibo pang campaign sa tourism kesa diyan. “Relaxing after collecting all Infinity Stones and committing genocide. More fun in the Philippines!”