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MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Infinity War

By Jesica Slabbert - May 4, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Infinity War

Having been a huge fan of the Marvel cinematic Universe since the creation of Ironman in 2008, nothing excited me more than the news of their latest film Avengers: Infinity War making its debut on the big screen.

Marvel has been on a high with their movies, creating box office hits with almost all of their films, most notably the Black Panther film that came out in March this year; which smashed international box office and is sitting pretty as one of the highest grossing movies in history, alongside Titanic and Avatar.

Then came Infinity War…

For those, who may not know, the knowledge that Infinity War was going to happen was known since the end credit scene of the first Avengers movie in 2012, when famed comic book supervillain Thanos made an appearance with the Infinity gauntlet in hand.

In Avengers: Infinity War, it comes time for the Avengers, who have been separated for a long time to team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, our friendly neighbourhood Spiderman and Doctor Strange to come together to face the greatest foe of the universe; Thanos.

Thanos believes that the universe in unbalanced, and feels that the best way to rectify this is to wipe out half the universe at once. How you ask? Why with the collective effort of the six infinity stones of course.

The Infinity Stones have been making appearances in the Marvel movies since Captain America, the First Avenger, and we have been slowly introduced to the others over the years, except for one.

The build up to Infinity War has been huge, and during the weekend of its release the film has scored the biggest box office opening weekend in South Africa’s history and is expected to break the $1 Billion mark soon.

I walked into Avengers: Infinity War like most fans, excited and looking forward to the action-packed team-ups of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and expecting a few characters to bite the dust (no pun intended) along the way.

This film delivered on all points for me - Thor, Hulk and the Guardians helped to lighten up the heavy atmosphere (again no pun intended) of the oncoming war with Thanos. The fights were adrenalin pumping and left me on the edge of my seat; wondering if this would be the end for a particular character.

Then there were the emotional moments with characters I have known and grown with along the way that had me holding back tears and smiling through their personal growth moments.

I walked out of the movie house an emotional wreck, though I was expecting to become one, it hit me a lot harder than I imagined. The wait for the continuation is going to be brutal, but hopefully worth it in the long run with Ant-man and Wasp coming out later this year and Captain Marvel hopefully filling the gaps for us.

For those going into this movie, hold onto your hearts because they will be beating out of your chest from the get-go. You will see some new faces and old, you will see something that the Marvel movies have avoided with their main cast members - death, so be prepared to face heartbreak with characters you have known since their inception.

I can say for certain that Avengers: Infinity War is a huge turning point in the Marvel cinematic universe and I look forward to the continuation in Avengers 4.