Directed By: Anthony and Joe Russo
Written By: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring: So Many People…
Run Time: 2 Hours, 29 Minutes
Release Date: April 27th, 2018
Link to IMDb
Finally! After so many ups and downs, good movies and bad movies, we get to the grand finale! At last, Thanos will get his fat purple ass out of the chair and lay out some super heroes! And by some, I mean literally all of them.
Don’t worry though. He’ll only kill half of them.
Before this movie came out, I was incredibly skeptical about it. Civil War’s complete lack of tension sucked away all the excitement I had for the MCU, outside of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man movies. I feared that this movie would suffer from a similar lack of threat and drama, and it would be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Thank fucking god I was wrong.
I was fully expecting Vision to die, seeing as he had an Infinity Stone lodged in his brain (which must be horribly uncomfortable, right?). What I didn’t expect was the complete slaughter of the Asgardians, Loki being strangled to death, Gamora being thrown off a cliff, and half the fucking universe turning to ash and floating away! But when I got them, I felt unparalleled joy in the blackest depths of my heart!
The poor girl sitting next to me in the theater probably thought I was a psychopath when I curled up into a ball and stifled a squeal of joy when Tom Holland gasped “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good…”
Now, you may argue that the ending is null and void. If you have an IQ higher than five (or you’re older than fourteen) then you know that they’re making another Spider-Man movie. What’s the point of being invested if you know these characters are coming back later anyways?
Well, think of it like this. Up to this point, nothing within the MCU had such dramatic or far reaching consequences. The worst thing that’s ever happened is Tony and Steve having a four-year-old squabble and declaring that they’re not friends anymore! Now half the fucking universe is gone! On top of that, we don’t know what’ll happen to the remaining heroes when they confront Thanos again. It doesn’t matter that they’ll be back again later. What matters is that they had the guts to do it at all.
Also, think about this: there are theaters where parents had to tell their kids “Don’t worry, you’re not going to disappear” after watching the movie.
Ending aside, this movie is incredibly impressive for numerous reasons. Most impressively of all: it has dozens of characters each doing their own thing. And all of them get plenty of screen time and an affect on the story.
They executed this with a simple but great solution: differentiation in color and lighting. By creating differing styles of visuals, it becomes much easier to compartmentalize the characters and plot lines, all of which are connected by the unifying goal of “Beat Thanos”. As such, it’s always easy to follow, and it doesn’t take long at all to figure out what’s going on when it cuts to another scene.
Let me explain what I mean. When Tony, Strange, Peter (both of them) and the rest of the Guardians fight Thanos on Titan, the film uses lots of orange colors. Thor, Rocket and Groot’s scenes in the forge use black and blue lighting. Meanwhile, the battle at Wakanda uses a lot of green scenery with basic lighting. They each have a distinct style that helps them stand out, thus helping prevent the movie from being a cluster fuck.
Then of course, there’s the aspect that everyone talks about: Thanos.
Thanos is the first truly phenomenal villain in the MCU. He’s super bad ass and intimidating, with his massive stature and incredible power (which is easily obtained when you can beat the motherfucking Hulk down single handedly with your bare hands). His goal and motivations behind it are simple and easy to understand, and best of all: you can easily root for it. Plus, he’s completely unpredictable. Sometimes he’ll kill you, sometimes he’ll show mercy, sometimes he’ll be honest and keep to his word, and others he’ll do what he wants. It’s impossible to know what he’s doing, which makes him incredibly terrifying.
That is, until this shit happened.
I’ve seen this god damn movie so many times, and I have no doubt that I’ll watch it again. And again. Likely a few more times after that. It’s easily one of the strongest films in the entire MCU, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in Endgame.
But first, we need to get through Ant-Man again and Captain Marvel. Only one of which feels necessary to watch at all.