The Movie: 8/10
Yes, I gave it an 8 out of 10, get over it. For the kind of movie it is, big action and adventure, it’s an 8 out of 10. Someone else might give it a 9 or 10, but it’s not perfect and I do have other action flicks I like more so it’s not right up there in the top tier of them all.
To be honest I think writing a review of this movie, or any Marvel movie is a bit unnecessary. I mean, think about it. We are mostly all familiar with the super heroes in the Marvel AND DC universes. They are bigger than life, saving cities, planets, galaxies, and the universe from the biggest baddest villains you can imagine, or at least the writers of the comics can imagine:) It’s not life affirming or deep or anything like that, heroes vs. villains, that’s it. The thing that makes these movies stand out is the quality of the way they look, the CGI, the true adventures they take us on…..and now we get a villain who is not like the others, which makes him much more interesting.
Yes, Thanos is a jerk. He’s cruel to his daughters (one is kidnapped after he killed her parents by the way), and dismisses the natural order of things by convincing himself that only he can bring balance back to the universe. He thinks all the living creatures are using too many resources, causing too much suffering and struggling on each planet. He wants to be the benevolent kind of guy who just saves everyone from themselves, but that’s a bit misguided of course.
He is gathering these stones from the origin of our known universe and with them he can accomplish his goal. The only hope we have to defeat him is our super hero crew, actually all our super hero crews from the Marvel side of things. All this means one thing BIG ACTION and some big emotion and some big scenes, which are all well done and keep the eyes busy and heart pounding. I like it.
I can’t review the nit picky stuff about the story or the characters. I haven’t read any of the comics and I don’t think that’s important to the experience of this movie, or the whole series so far. I just go along for the ride and it’s a lot of fun. I do care about the people we meet, even if they don’t do a great job of making me care about all the people of all the worlds, I am invested enough with the few we encounter so I’m in my bubble of belief without any problem.
The only thing I can come up with that would make this movie more interesting would be to ask the obvious question, “If Thanos is such a threat why don’t Superman, Batman, and all the DC heroes come to help?” It seems a bit snotty to hang back and let the Marvel folks do all the fighting when the WHOLE universe is at stake! 🙂
- Intro (2 Minutes) –Quick intro by the Russo’s. Slight spoilers so don’t watch until you see the movie.
- Strange Alchemy (5 Minutes) – A look at the ensemble cast used in this latest installment.
- The Mad Titan (7 Minutes) – A detailed look at Thanos the bad guy in the film. Lots of onset footage with Josh Brolin here.
- Beyond The Battle: Titan (10 Minutes) – A look at the huge battle on Titan, lots of spoilers in this featurette so make sure you see the movie first.
- Beyond The Battle: Wakanda (11 Minutes) – As is standard these days most of the movie was filmed in Georgia. Here we see how Georgia is transformed into Wakanda.
- Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes) –
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes)
- Audio Commentary With Joe & Anthony Russo
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Movies Anywhere Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Infinity War is outstanding here on Blu-ray and the 4K format. Disney and Marvel certainly know how to transfer film assets to home video and this is no exception. Sharpness is as incredible as some of the super heroes here and shadow detail is rich and inky. The 4K transfer is slightly ahead of the curve thanks to the HDR which is employed in nearly every scene. This is a standout presentation from Disney and one Marvel fans will be proud to add to their collections.
The 4K disc features a full fat Dolby Atmos track where the Blu-ray only includes a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. Still if you buy this set you do get both discs. Weirdly while both tracks are full of surround and LFE they come across feeling a bit flat because Disney again have chosen to keep the mix really low. It can be fixed by turning up the volume on your receiver but at regular listening volume it will lack the proper punch.
Overall Score 8/10