Monday, 14 May 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

When I started this blog, I chose to describe it as MAINLY a book blog, so I could occasionally share my ramblings about non booky things if the mood took me. This is one of those times!

Yesterday afternoon, my sons and I finally went to see Avengers: Infinity War. Now, I love me a Superhero movie, and had been really looking forward to seeing this one. I deliberately avoided articles, spoilers and trailers, so I came to the film fresh. I've kept up pretty well with the Marvel Universe stuff, but hadn't seen Black Panther and I'm a little confused about which Captain America films I've seen, but happily I had two teenage boys who were able to fill me in!

First, though, a little rant! You have to sit through so much rubbish before you can even get to the film! Half an hour of adverts, promotions and trailers! At least the trailers were fun - pity they only took up five minutes of the aforementioned thirty. And then, when we thought the film was finally starting, another advert and trailer (could almost forgive that one though as it featured Jeff Goldblum)! It's a nightmare!

Anyway, I digress. Back to the film. In short, we all loved it. It had everything you want from a Superhero movie - completely OTT story,  handsome heroes (plus a tree and a raccoon), evil villains, wry humour, brilliant CGI and epic battle scenes. All fantastic fun.

I realise that everyone, or at least those folk who want to, has probably seen the film by now, but just in case there is someone out there that hasn't seen it and wants to, I won't reveal any spoilers.

This film brings together the core group of Avengers plus some more recent additions, the Guardians of the Galaxy and one of two other key Marvel characters, and they must team up to try to save the world from the wicked Thanos.

The cast  is huge and terrific - I love Bendict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange (actually I just love Benedict Cumberbatch!), Chris Evans (with a beard!) as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. There are some great strong female characters too - Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson, Okoye played by Danai Gurira and Gamora played by Zoe Saldana who has a particularly powerful part in the storyline. But my favourite character is Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista - just so funny. And I must mention Peter Dinklage who plays a dwarf king called Eitri - who is also a giant!

The humour that we are used to from previous Marvel movies is there - as is Stan Lee's cameo. My favourite exchange was between Quill and Thor:
Quill: 'Oh, you speak Groot?' (for the uninitiated, Groot is a tree like creature, hilariously voiced by Vin Diesel, who ONLY days three words 'I am Groot'. But the way he says it carries the meaning.)
Thor: 'Yes, I learned it on Asgard. it was an elective.'
Sorry, it made me laugh - perhaps you had to  be there.

But what made this film stand out for me was that, as well as  having all the usual Superhero stuff, it had real heart, and dealt a few emotional punches along the way. There were parts of the movie that were powerful, which I wasn't expecting. This ended up being a film about family, friendship, love, loss and sacrifice. Go and see it!


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