Needless to say, I’ve been waiting for this movie screening with not the least bit of excitement. After waiting for another week half-dreading, partly not-caring for spoilers, I saw it. First screening of the day in a newish mall cinema with free popcorn and drinks that I didn’t get to touch and some ticket sale profits going to a foundation. Might as well make the most out of the experience. This is one movie that I needed a sort-of debriefing, and maybe another viewing. It was a lot to take in.
It’s now one of my favorite MCU movies
It was an accomplishment bringing together all these superheroes in one movie without making it a mess. It was awesome! Although I wanted to see more of the others i.e. Cap, Black Widow (and where was Hawk Eye and Ant Man..??), overall the superheroes were given ample screen time to shine. The character focus is strong but it was not lacking in plot twists.
The super villain is super
Thanos was a worthy opponent, worthy enough to gather all the characters to fight for the universe. He was a villain that not one group or subgroup or faction can beat and looked the part — big, thuggish built, purple skin tone and all. I love how they added depth to his character by showing some struggle on his part in this war he can almost easily run away with.
The lines and delivery were spot-on
Unlike DC, Marvel has a knack for witty lines, one-liners and even quotable quotes. The back and forth between some of the originals and new avengers were definitely not just fillers and comic relief was just enough this time (thought it was a little too much in Thor Ragnarok) to lighten what can otherwise be a very dark tone, ala Marvel TV‘s Daredevil or Jessica Jones.
The ending was more than I expected
Although I’ve read a bit of the comics and narratives, Marvel still pulled a surprise in the ending that, basing on the reactions of some hardcore fans, has elicited unbelief or shock or stress depending on your level of fangirl or fanboy attachments. Case in point, one of those sitting beside me covered his mouth in shock for a good few minutes into the credits, and another one held her head in between her hands while looking down at the floor. It was fascinating to say the least.
Overall the movie is a success; going in breaking records in the box office, and winning and satisfying fans all over. It was worth the hype. Worth the wait. Worth the 2nd or 3rd viewing.
Perhaps the body count will drop..?