This movie broke me. I’m not the kind of girl who cries at the movies. Heck, I haven’t cried at the movies since Les Miserables and then this movie comes along and gets me bawling by the time the end credits are rolling. This movie is not for the faint of heart and no matter how much you prepare yourself, you will not be ready for what’s to come. All I can say is that if it wasn’t for the fact that I know there will be sequels planned for this movie and for some of the characters, I would be inconsolable.
That’s not to say that this movie is bad. If anything, it really did its job. I wouldn’t be crying if it didn’t make me care about the characters. This has been the work of ten years of buildup, with movies that made us actually care about star-spangled spandex men and men in robot suits. If anything else, this movie shows that all the work that Marvel has put into their movies has paid off.
When people call this an event movie, they aren’t kidding. It’s a major crossover with a great villain. I am ranking Thanos up there with Kilgrave, Loki, Kingpin, and Killmonger as far as effective and compelling Marvel villains. He’s brutal, he’s got some aspects of his life that make him sympathetic, but make no mistake, he is not one to mess with.
Every character gets a moment to shine here, even the heroes who would be labeled as supporting characters or second string/B-team. I honestly wish there were more moments with the “second string” characters, but that would make the movie longer than it already is. The story is tragic in the best way possible (see my crying face), the effects are a spectacle, and the action is visceral. I felt like I was pulled out of my body for a while and then thrust back in, Doctor Strange style.
Overall, I want to give this movie and 8/10. It’s not absolutely perfect, but it is worth seeing, especially if you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Congratulations, Russo Brothers. You blew us all away.
Now if you want to know why I don’t give this movie a 10, read below. Spoilers ahead.
WARNING: SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT.
Believe me when I say that I love this movie. I love the character development amongst basically everyone. The problem is that there are some glaring inconsistencies.
Wanda and Vision are in a relationship. When did this happen? I get that Wanda was on the run and they had some moments in Captain America: Civil War, but I would’ve liked to have seen their relationship build up naturally. On the flip side of things, Bruce and Natasha don’t get any moments together aside from exchanging a hello.
Why didn’t Thor just summon thunder whenever he wanted to? It was established that he could do it in Thor: Ragnarok. I honestly don’t mind that he got a new weapon. (Him getting a new eye is more of a nitpick for me.) I liked seeing Peter Dinklage and having Thor getting along with Rocket and Groot. I just wish that Thor could’ve been used more in this movie. Also, poor Thor has lost so much, too, and I’m concerned about him. Is there any way I can give Thor a hug? And maybe an intervention? He’s borderline suicidal.
The ending of this movie was just…God, it hurt. Watching half of the characters I love fade into dust. It hurt. This was what made me cry. My biggest problem with this movie is that I know that somehow, they have to fix the mass genocide that Thanos committed. Since we know that there are sequels planned for Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, we know these characters will all come back.
Now on to things I liked, in random order.
Tom Holland. I want to give him a hug. Even with me knowing there are Spider-Man sequels planned, I am still worried about him. I loved him, especially at how he handled the end of the movie. Come back, my baby.
That side-eye Okoye gave to Banner who is hopelessly over his head without the Hulk. Bless your heart, Banner, you did a great job with the Hulkbuster. I hope Shuri is in the next movie because she and Okoye are two of the best assets the Avengers can ask for.
Thanos. As much as I want to kill him, he is a sick and twisted villain and he’s effective without even trying. His brutality makes up for his lack of armor. And his story linking with Gamora’s backstory is actually good. It’s complicated and sad, adding a tragic element for the ending. I still want to kill this bastard, though.
I don’t hate Peter Quill or Drax or Doctor Strange for what they did. Peter and Drax have came a long way from how they were at the start, but they are still emotionally immature. I don’t know if anyone could be rational when they come face to face with Thanos, who affected them personally.
Peter’s insecurity when coming face to face with Thor is as hilarious as it is understandable. Thor is kind of the in-universe Mister Fanservice and Peter pales in comparison. Peter and Gamora’s relationship gets some much-needed development, but Gamora should have told Peter. For crying out loud!
I have no idea how I’m gonna move forward from this, emotionally. This movie broke me and I’m not even someone who reads the comics. All I know is that we gotta hold on and hope for the best. It’s quiet uptown.