by Lori Twichell
The latest cinematic spectacle from Marvel hits theaters in just a few days (April 27) but the reviews from critics and early screenings are starting to pop up across the internet and they skew decidedly positive. In fact, many of the review seem to heap praise upon the film. One overwhelming message in every review we’ve seen so far is that this movie appears to be the culmination of all of the promises Marvel has offered to us over the years – and more.
After getting our review up and running, we spent some time this morning pouring over some of the reviews and pulled some of our favorite quotes from each. Check out what the critics (and some fans) are saying. We should also warn you here that we didn’t include links or quote from some major reviewing outlets (Variety for example) because those reviews definitely carried spoilers. So if you venture into any reviews online, go into them aware that you may be spoiled.
According to CNN:
What “Infinity War” accomplishes, with surprising ease, is complete immersion in this elaborate world, reflecting how deft Marvel has been in assembling it. Where Superman promised “You will believe a man can fly” 40 years ago, the Marvel universe has made talking raccoons and villains that instantly travel across the galaxy seem wholly organic.
The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive review online that goes more into depth (and includes some minor details that some could consider spoilers) and gives insight into some of the plot details. However, they hit on one thing many Marvel fans have been wondering about- those infamous credit scenes.
Without giving anything away, the climax is startling in its gravity, and no Marvel fan will leave before the long final credits scroll gives way to the traditional kicker tease at the very end, which amplifies the ending by serving up even more questions, not answers. This will achieve the desired result of making millions of fans debate what it all means until the next installment.
The Verge: (be aware that if you’ve totally avoided spoilers up to this point, there are a few minor details dropped into this review that could be considered spoilers)
The long-awaited face-off between the Avengers and Thanos (Josh Brolin), the MCU’s ultimate big bad, is massively entertaining, deftly incorporating dozens of characters across multiple storylines with a kinetic flair. Its devotion to banter and one-liners makes it one of the funniest movies in the studio’s history, but it’s also a film where very bad things happen to good people.
The result is a film that often feels surprisingly earnest and emotional. It pays off the emotional investment movie audiences have been making in these characters for years, sometimes in genuinely heart-wrenching ways.
The movie is a Marvel mixtape, combining the very best of everything that’s come before, but recontextualizing the individual parts to tell its own unique story.
USA Today says:
There are unexpected returns, true surprises, real sacrifices and a cliffhanger ending that’s going to freak fans to their superhero-loving core, yet is, quite simply, marvelous.
Entertainment Weekly puts a fine point on their review by claiming “Avengers: Infinity War gives the fans what they want … and a few things they might not”
As a final general consensus on the film, it’s currently trending on Rotten Tomatoes at 87% fresh.
If you’re a Marvel fan, it looks like you’re going to be spending your weekend laughing, crying, and pondering everything that this movie could mean for the future of your favorite characters. Good luck!