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Don Reviews "Avengers: Infinity War"

Well here we go! The kick-off of the Summer Movie season is here, with a few big films that the studio puts out hoping to make as much money as possible from their big investments. Granted, the studios have no real hope that any of these films will be contenders and “Oscar Bait” outside of visual effects, but this is the way summer goes!

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the new film directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War). With a huge cast covering the last decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this one adds the evil Thanos (Brolin), who is trying to collect the six Infinity Stones, which combined will give him unlimited power, no weaknesses, and will try to “bring peace to the universe” in his mind, making him a god. Knowing his true motives, the superheroes band together to try to stop him and his diabolical plot.

As you might expect, this is CGI overload, with at least ninety percent of the film having at least some form of it present. Now I did not get to screen this in 3-D, but I think there are a lot of scenes where 3-D would enhance the film, especially with the visual effects. With the Disney machine producing this film, you can expect a great level of visual overload, and I was not disappointed. The acting is fine and on par from the other films you may have seen. All the characters keep to form from their characters in past films. Nothing to brag about, but no disappointments.

Do be aware that “Avengers: Infinity War” is two hours and thirty minutes long and it feels that way. It has about thirty to forty-five minutes of mindless action that just seemed to be there for action’s sake. (I know it is hard to believe.) I hate to say it, but this is just another superhero film with the basic standard plot of where you have an evil person who wants to destroy the Earth/Universe and the heroes unite to take them on with battles all over the place in multiple locations, which can get confusing. (If you get lost watching "Game of Thrones" with multiple storylines and jumping back and fourth, this may be a little confusing.) That is why “Black Panther” was so much better; it had a real and personal stories, but here we go back to the basic norm. It also ends too abruptly and is in some ways way too confusing for the normal moviegoer who is not the extreme fan. And of course, this film was left way open where there will be another six movies to come. I did enjoy this film, as it was still somewhat enjoyable with a bunch of action, but I cannot give it the highest of our rankings, so I still would give it as a recommendation as a 3-D Saturday afternoon showing.

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