Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War ★★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

"I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you, to what end? Dread it, run from it, destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or should I say... I am."

Okay... after three watches and a little over three months to think about it, I think I'm finally ready to talk about what is still my favorite MCU movie as of now.

So, right off the bat, this movie presents itself as being darker than all the MCU movies that came before that, with the film opening with the deaths of two major characters, Heimdall and Loki. Now, I won't lie, I was a little bummed out when Thanos choked Loki out right in front of Thor. Despite how many times Loki betrayed him, he was always such a likable presence in the MCU, and it sucks to see him go out like that... although according to some people, he may not actually be dead after all? Whatever. It may just be bullshit.

Alright, without talking about the major character deaths too much, does this movie hold up after a third viewing at home? Absolutely. Even though I wish the Blu-ray release had retained the IMAX aspect ratio of 1:90:1 (which is how I first saw the film), this film is just as grand and epic as it was when I saw it in theaters. Even though I do like the way Joss Whedon directed his first two Avengers movies, I feel like the Russo brothers have made the very definitive Avengers movie. Sure, it does kind of feel like a set-up for the as-of-yet untitled fourth Avengers movie, but I think that may have been this film's intention from the start, since the next one was originally going to be called Infinity War Part 2. But unlike another certain comic book cinematic universe, with this film, since the universe has already been so well established over the last decade, it doesn't feel as forced.

And I must say, there are no words to describe how I felt when Thanos snapped his fingers and so many of the characters who I've grown to love over the last six years (I didn't really get into the MCU until 2012) get erased. Seriously, my heart fucking SANK when that happened, and when the end credits started rolling, I wanted to scream "WHAT!" as loud as I possibly could... of course, I didn't actually do that, since I would've gotten kicked out. But seriously, you thought I found the ending of Logan upsetting? Imagine that times 100.

Also, I love how in the post credits scene, Nick Fury almost manages to get a "motherfucker" out before he gets erased, only to be cut off half-way through. Classic Samuel L. Jackson.

But seriously, it's still so damn sad.

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