*SOME MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
It almost goes without saying that reviewing such a well-known film would not be possible without spoilers for those who haven’t seen it, so if that’s you (and this reviewer recommends you go and see this film in the cinema while you can) then don’t read on unless you’re happy to have some major plot points and casualties revealed before you see it. If you’ve already seen it, read on and see if you agree…
I started off by thinking I would give a brief synopsis of the plot here, but to be perfectly honest the film is so well paced, and packed full of intricate detail that actually that’s simply not possible or your interest would wane by the time you’ve read a 2,000 word rundown of what actually happens during the movie. Instead, I’m going to focus on the good, bad and indifferent aspects of the film itself and let you come to your own conclusions about whether or not you’d like to see it.
The negative aspects of the film are, thankfully, few and far between. The large number of cast members who die, including Falcon, Groot, Black Panther, Nick Fury, Loki, War Machine, Bucky (The Winter Soldier), Scarlett Witch, Vision, Gamorra, Dr Strange and Starlord etc, is pretty grisly. If you are taking a younger child to see this (under 10 perhaps) then a quick pep talk before you go in reminding them that it is just a movie might help. The death of Spiderman is quite emotional even for the adults in the theatre, so prepare your little people for that. The runtime is fine but if you know anything about Marvel you’ll know you have to watch the credits as well and this time they are pretty long. The pay off is a cut scene with Nick Fury and Agent Hill where we see our first glimpse of Captain Marvel’s insignia. For those of you with a religious persuasion, the last few scenes are very reminiscent of how many people believe the end of the world will actually be, with people simply disappearing as though they were in the rapture, with helicopters, planes and cars crashing all over the place and people simply turning to air without apparent cause. The other main negative would be that you really have to have seen virtually every other Marvel film since Iron Man to know what is going on. Every film has been building towards this climax and you will feel pretty lost if you intend to see it as a one off!
Other than that, almost everything you could say about this film is positive, as long as you are approaching it as a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. The plot follows on at a racing pace from where we last saw the Marvel Characters in Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok. The humour is a lot less prevalent in this one though, with a few laugh out loud moments interspersed amongst heavy action scenes and a lot of backstory into the life of Thanos and his plan to “Save” the universe by killing half of its inhabitants with, literally, the snap of his fingers. The CGI is a little bit rushed in places but you will hardly notice given the vast array of different locations in the film, and the casting is sensational. Peter Dinklage cast as a giant who forges “Stormbreaker” (A new weapon for Thor since his hammer was destroyed by Hela in Ragnarok) being the best newcomer in my opinion.
The characters in general, with the exception of Thanos, do not need any further introduction or backstory but we see a little more of the relationship between Gamorra and Thanos from years gone by and that helps to disseminate why it is so difficult for Thanos to actually carry out his plan when it costs him the life of his “favourite daughter” in the process.
Overall, I loved the film. It is worth noting that this is the first part of two Avengers “finale” films and that a great many fan theories abound about how the “dead” characters will miraculously (Although not in all cases I’m sure) be resurrected or saved in the future. In the meantime, we can look forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel before the next Avengers film hits our screens in May 2019. This reviewer already can’t wait!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: ***** 5 Stars!
Jack Wilson’s Bio: Jack Wilson 32, Christian. Full-time firefighter, and father to Bobby, age 6. Loves football (Liverpool FC!), Rugby, Movies and being outdoors as much as possible!