With a running time of almost 3 hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes) Infinity War is the longest movie in the MCU and I didn’t feel like it dragged at any point. I was hooked from the very first scene and onto the last. I was shook after watching it and just devastated.
Josh Brolin kills it as Thanos which I thoroughly believe is the best villain in the MCU right now. He’s a compelling character despite being seen as a monster. He had lots of depth to his character. Throughout the film, when Thanos is on screen, I felt his presence and when he fought our heroes, I was legitimately afraid. This was essentially a “Thanos” film more so than the Avengers. All the performances were great overall, with the standouts in my opinion being Thanos, Spiderman, Wanda, and Gamora. The comedy was fantastic too. All the jokes land especially from the GOTG squad. The action sequences are phenomenal. Seeing the combination of all the heroes you love fight together with all the different combinations of unique fighting skills/powers they each have is just such a joy and so much fun to watch. Visuals were stellar.
In terms of the negatives, some characters won’t have much screen time in comparison to others but that’s a given with how many characters there are in the movie. There’s also so much that happens in this movie that there really isn’t any breathing room. This movie goes 1000000000 m/ph. Trust me. Use the washroom beforehand.
Final thoughts – Infinity War is truly a spectacle that deserves to be seen on the big screen multiple times and its insanely entertaining/rewarding. I can’t stop thinking about it and I can’t wait to see it again…and again…and again…….
Rating – ★★★★
Here’s my list short & sweet……
Honorable Mentions: Dunkirk, Split, Coco, Okja, Logan, The Florida Project, Wonder Woman, Logan, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, mother!, The Big Sick, Thelma, & The Disaster Artist
Films I haven’t seen yet at the creation of this list: Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Phantom Thread and a few others
#10) Get Out – Great Original Thriller/Horror from first time director Jordan Peele.
#9) Wind River – Riveting murder mystery. Fantastic debut from the very talented Taylor Sheridan. If you enjoy films like Sicario or Hell or High Water, highly recommend.
#8) Molly’s Game – AARON SORKIN. JESSICA CHASTAIN. AARON SORKIN.
#7) Lady Bird – Thoroughly well done coming of age movie from the lovely Greta Gerwig. Saoirse Ronan gives one of the best performances of her career. Review
#6) Good Time – Fucking awesome.
#5) Blade Runner 2049 – Cinematography is eyegasmic. Just beautiful in every single way from the acting, story, direction…..Villeneuve killed it and he’s on a roll……
#4) The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Great horror. Very well shot. Fantastic acting/score. If you’re a fan of a Lanthimos, def a must watch or if you love horror films. Review
#3) Columbus – Beautiful. Wonderful score. Quiet yet moving.
#2) Trainspotting 2 – A wonderful sequel. Really entertaining. Felt lots of emotions.
#1) The Shape of Water – A beautiful romantic fairy tale. Sally Hawkins deserves the Oscar for best actress. Great performances all around from the whole cast. Beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat. Del Toro nails it. Review
The Last Jedi has many great moments and some of the best moments in Star Wars history. With that being said, it has many flaws and it suffers from them. The story is uneven. Story lines needed more time to breathe while others cut down. The humor, while at times worked some of it was just too out of place and it took away from the tension/immersion of the scene. There are also a few pacing/tone issues throughout.It might seem that I’m bashing/hating The Last Jedi, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. We again get wonderful performances from the cast, old and new. The film is visually stunning and the action scenes are very well choreographed and felt compelling. Rey, Poe, Luke and Kylo had tremendous growth and had the best performances in the movie. In terms of the story, I’m conflicted as I feel some stories were fleshed out more so than others. The more and more I think about The Last Jedi, the more I feel like it’s not even a Star Wars movie, but a Rian Johnson Star Wars movie. All in all, despite the flaws, it’s a great ride and one I’ll watch again and again.
Rating – ★★★½