The latest installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe hits theaters THIS week (4.27.18)! Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most anticipated movies in history and thanks to the invite of Disney, I had the pleasure of being part of THE very first audience to see it (not even the cast had seen the movie before or knew the whole script). So, there is some SERIOUS hype for this one and I’m thrilled to share a #nospoilers review with you – after all, #ThanosDemandsYourSilence. Truthfully, this is a VERY difficult post to write while wanting to avoid all the spoilers. There is just SO much to this movie – SO MUCH! It’s been almost 24 hours since seeing the movie and I am still processing. The tweet was my initial reaction immediately upon exiting the theater and I still stand by it. Holy…whoa!
— Sara (@momendeavors) April 24, 2018
For those not as familiar with all things Marvel, this movie has been 10 years in the making and has THE most epic cast in movie history. For real! Just that alone makes it a BIG movie, but with the storyline & action…WOW is it A LOT to take in! Here’s a little overview and plot synopsis:
Avengers Infinity War Facts:
- 3rd installment in the “Avengers” franchise
- 19th Marvel Studios film to date
- Marks the 10-year anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (starting with the release of “Iron Man” in 2008)
- Longest Marvel movie so far with a 2.5+ hour run time
- Epic cast list of iconic super hero characters ALL IN THIS ONE MOVIE: Robert Downey Jr., as Tony Stark/ Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.
Infinity War Plot Synopsis:
This overview of the film provided by Marvel pretty much sums things up well…
“Avengers: Infinity War” picks up as the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, but a dangerous menace has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, Thanos will stop at nothing to collect all six Infinity Stones in his quest to wield unimaginable power and his twisted will on all of humanity. Assembling a team that includes members from every Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, the Avengers and their Super Hero allies must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. An unprecedented cinematic journey 10 years in the making with the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in play, “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.
My Infinity War Thoughts…
Like I said, this one is A LOT to process. Last night, I said I had “no words”…and that still feels pretty accurate as I try to articulate my feelings without giving anything away. So, I’ll sum it up with these thoughts:
- “Whoa”. “Wow”. “What?!” “Still processing”. “Holy…OMG”. “Epic”. “Intense”. Did I mention, “whoa?!”
The reaction from everyone I’ve talked to has been VERY similar on this. We ALL needed time to process everything because Marvel really did put together an epic film with just SOOOO much going on. It was somehow totally familiar and expected, yet completely shocking and frustrating all at once. You’ve got that EPIC cast all in one movie, virtually ALL fighting against one bad guy (And Thanos is one crazy, bad dude! Whoa.). To do that, Marvel had to bring all these different characters and realms together. So, there’s ALL kinds of stuff going on – new characters and characters we’ve known for 10 years, different groups of heroes getting together, jumping around to different planets/realms, various plans of attack in play, different relationships shown (romantic and otherwise). All that means that there is A LOT to take in, sometimes making the movie feel a bit disjointed and some parts almost feeling rushed. But when you’re fighting to save the universe from the craziest villain of all time, time isn’t exactly on your side. That’s not to say the movie isn’t good (it is), but it definitely just has a whole lot packed into it. So, it is NOT hyperbole when Marvel states that, “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.” With this in mind, you can expect A LOT of intensity, A LOT of violence, and A LOT of emotion. In fact, everything about this film is just amped up a notch (or 10) from previous Marvel films. So, here are my recommendations as you make plans to see the movie:
- Buy your tickets for opening night or ASAP if you do not want anything spoiled.
- Keep an open mind and be ready to process “all the things” when the movie is over.
- Go with someone (or better yet – a group of people) because you will need someone to talk freely with after (just please talk freely in private so you don’t spoil the movie for other people)!
- Go to the bathroom BEFORE the movie (even during the previews if you need to). You cannot leave the theater at any point during this movie or you will miss something. There’s really no idle lull in the film where it’s a good time for a potty break. With an almost 3 hour run time, that might be a tough ask…but really try not to leave the theater!
- Stay ALL the way through the credits (yes, there is an end credit scene that is important and you need to see it)
- Be prepared for a FULL range of emotions. The funny parts were REALLY funny (truly, there are some absolutely fantastically hilarious scenes. SOOO funny). The sad parts are REALLY sad. There were MANY times that the theater erupted in cheers for their favorite heroes and there were MANY times when everyone in the theater gasped. So be prepared to for an emotional roller coaster ride.
- See about carving out time to see it again. With so much to process and so much action, this is one movie that I feel like I HAVE to see more than once to fully appreciate.
And now the question that all my parent friends ask…
Is Infinity War “ok” for kids?
Like all the other movies in the series, Avengers: Infinity War is rated PG-13. And I feel pretty strongly about that age suggestion for this film!!! For those with kids that have seen every movie in the franchise, you still might want to proceed with caution. *This is NOT…I repeat is NOT…like any other movie in the franchise.* It is seriously intense and VERY dark throughout much of the film! In fact, there were MANY Marvel moms in our group (whose kids had seen EVERY other Marvel film) and some have SERIOUS reservations about taking their younger kids.
So to help you make a decision on what’s right for your family, here’s a few examples of content that parents/younger viewers might be especially sensitive to:
- Language. I’ve talked with a few other moms who saw the movie premiere with me last night and we all agreed that there was THE most “bad” language in this film than any of the others. It really felt like noticeably more. I mean…they are fighting the craziest, baddest dude ever, so the language and gestures are understandably “emotional” at times.
- Violence. This one is obvious, given the fact that this is a war movie. But some of the “intense sequences of violence & destruction” (which help give it the PG-13 rating) are VERY intense. And some of the violence is pretty graphic. I’d say there hasn’t been a lot of “blood & gore” in most Marvel movies, but there really is in a few key spots in this one. A couple key moments were VERY difficult to watch as an adult, so it really could be traumatic to watch for younger kids.
- Death. Marvel already established that with the “deadliest showdown of all time” line. SO…I’m not going to say more here. But this could REALLY be an issue for some younger kids (especially if you have sensitive ones).
Again, this movie was A LOT to process for me as an adult. So, I do NOT personally think this one is for young kids. There’s a darkness to this movie that we haven’t seen from the Marvel Cinematic Universe before. So, proceed with caution. If you have kids under the age of 13, my recommendation is to go to the movie 1st without them and decide for yourself. You are going to want/need to see it again anyway. So screen it first and then you can make an educated decision. While our boys (who right now are 11, 8, & 5) will definitely be seeing it as soon as we feel they’re ready, they will NOT be seeing it right now. So, hopefully this helps give you some parental insight!
And hopefully YOU make plans to go see the movie ASAP. You’re going to want to see it more than once to fully process…and then be prepared to desperately want to see the next installment (Avengers 4) a year from now (May 2019).
Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters THIS WEEK (April 27, 2018)! You’re in for one epic, intense, wild super hero ride!
Disclosure: I was hosted in Los Angeles to attend the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War (#InfinityWarEvent) at invitation of Disney for the purposes of this coverage. Thank you, Disney! All opinions and experiences are my own and your opinion of the movie may differ from mine.