The Morning After: Apr. 30, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Avengers: Infinity War

Ten years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War has finally dropped and while many Marvel fans will be enthralled by the events of the film, others will see exactly what’s in store for next year’s Avengers film and won’t be the least bit pleased.

Pulling in 28 familiar characters from six individual franchises, Avengers: Infinity War is filled to the brim with notable actors of varying impressiveness. Eight Oscar nominees, two Oscar winners are in the cast of the film. Other potential future Oscar nominees are also there, but this overstuffed film often feels bloated even when it’s at its most amusing and there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had.

The biggest problems the film has all involve spoilers. The premise of the film is that the mad Titan Thanos seeks six infinity stones, created at the formation of the universe, that when controlled by a single entity allow the mass shaping of the universe. In this case, Thanos wishes to restore prosperity to the universe by eradicating half of its population. The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wakandans united to try and defeat Thanos.

There are just under a dozen characters unaccounted for in the film, though a couple do make a post-credits appearance. That said, almost the entire Disney-Marvel universe is involved. It’s an unwieldy batch of characters, though they’ve been thankfully segmented into subsets that act almost independently of the story, but all of whom have an impact on the final encounter. While that kind of narrative juggling act is quite difficult, it largely succeeds, even if the finale is a massive cheat, or at least the setup for one.

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