Review of Avengers: Infinity War and How to Prepare for the Movie

Rarely am I one of those people that says you HAVE to watch a movie opening weekend. I know people are busy with their lives, but Infinity War does no fall into that category. So much happens in this film that you need to see it opening weekend or someone is going to ruin it for you. You’ll catch a headline or a tweet that destroys everything, and it will crush you. Get your tickets, see it early! 

Refresh Your Marvel Cinematic Memory 

The first thing I suggest you do is to refresh your memory for some of the older movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is my fast track to Infinity War movie marathon list. I highly suggest starting with Captain America and making sure to see Guardians of the Galaxy as well. This movie list only contains the storylines that lead up to Infinity War. They include locations of the Infinity Stones and end credit scenes that include Thanos and his mission. 

Prepare For the Theater

The movie is 2 hours and 29 minutes long, and that does not include the previews that you’ll have to sit through as well. Skip the drink purchase because you won’t want to get up during a single second of the film. You’re best bet is to go to the bathroom the moment the previews start or a minute before them. Bring some napkins and tissues if you’re a mega Marvel fan. There will be tears shed.

Hold on Tight

The last ten years of Marvel films have been leading up to this one (and second part) movie. Infinity War is what we have been leading up to with end credit scenes and the search for Infinity Stones. Now we finally get them. All our heroes come together on the big screen to fight the Mad Titan, Thanos and his Black Order. The action starts the second the lights go down. You will be holding your breath for the next two and a half hours, so it’s time to dig in and hold on tight. 

I gasped, I laughed, and I cried all in the same time frame. I walked away saying wow, and then my head started to spin. Everyone I spoke to felt the same way. It took us all at least an hour to process and decompress from what we just witnessed on the big screen. Avengers: Infinity Way is the best superhero film ever made (until Avengers 4 I’m sure). Everything you know and love from the Marvel films is here but on a grander scale because you have so many supers in one place fighting for the same cause, to save the universe. 

One of my favorite aspects of the Marvel films is the way they can leave you breathless from the action and then throw in a one-liner that has you falling out of your seat. There were scenes that had me saying, “no way” and others that I need to go back and watch a second time because I am still confused by them. There is so much happening if you blink you could miss something. 

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Multiple Movies Within Infinity War

The cool thing about this movie is that you are getting a few movies rolled into one. Not all of our heroes are going to get to see each other. There are multiple missions happening simultaneously to keep Thanos from getting the Infinity Stones. You will be transported to new worlds in space and return to New York and Wakanda. When you look at the movie posters, you can see the groupings and see how they will follow certain characters in the film. Each poster represents a stone as well, with the exception of the final stone, the Soul Stone which we finally get to see the location for in Infinity War. 

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End Credits Scene

It’s Marvel, yes there is an end credits scene that you need to stay for to get excited about the next great Marvel movie

Should your kids see Infinity War?

The movie is rated PG-13 for good reason, and the movie is about war. With that in mind, I feel like the fighting in Infinity War wasn’t as gruesome as some of the scenes from Black Panther. But there is death in this film, and for that reason, I always suggest a parent screening the film first. I plan on taking my 10-year-old to the movie because I know she will be able to grasp what it is happening and why it is happening. She also loves the Marvel movies and can geek out with me. My 6-year-old on the hand won’t grasp what is happening and really will just be on visual overload, so I’m on the fence with her. 

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Falcon (Anthony Mackie) flying over Wakanda battlefield..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

So those are my thoughts on Inifinty War. We will be seeing it together as a family this weekend and I hope you’ll do the same and come back next week to tell me your thoughts! 

No spoilers here, but come back next week after the film has been released because we are going to talk theories and plot points for Avengers 4. If you want to mega geek out with me, I’ll be chatting on Twitter with the hashtag #MarvelMondays to discuss Infinity War with some other mega Marvel fans. 

 

 

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle. Buy me a coffee

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