I took my grandson to see this in IMAX-3D because I have waited almost a decade for this. That’s right, Ironman released in May of 2008, starting us on this rollercoaster ride of films leading to this moment. My expectations were high. But like riding a rollercoaster for the first time, nothing can quite compare you for the parts of the ride you can’t see from the line.
Marvel Studios faced a daunting task…how do you bring together the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and all of the secondary characters together into something that is big and somehow cohesive? They pull it off with this film, with style and in ways we never could have anticipated.
Having said that, not every character gets a chance to shine the way you might hope. If they did that this would be six hours long. The interplay between the egos of Dr. Strange and Tony Stark is brilliantly written. Thor emerges as one of the true superheroes of the Marvel universe. I actually cheered out loud when he arrives on the battlefield, announced by Bruce Banner.
Some of our heroes aren’t there. Ant-Man and Hawkeye are on the sidelines…for now.
There are parts of this film that will tear at you. Thanos is out after the Infinity Stones. All roads have led to this confrontation. They can’t just take him down in a single confrontation; that would have been unfulfilling. Having said that nothing can prepare you emotionally for the final scenes of this movie.
There are some stunning surprises and character/villain returns. I won’t ruin it for you, but I have been waiting for this one character to return for years now.
My grandson did not like the end of the movie, which I understand from an eight-year-olds perspective. I saw measures of brilliance in it. Marvel is setting up the next phase, and have done so masterfully. Thanos is the big baddy and to simply make his defeat unfold in 2.5 hours in some straight-up battle would have likely disappointed me. Yes, I understand the criticisms about the end of the movie, but I saw something in it that made the antagonist even more dangerous and deadly.
There is one post-credit scene that is awesome, because it tells you where this is going. I cannot say more without ruining this for you. If you don’t get it, Google the upcoming Marvel films and you will. The last word spoken in the film was perfectly done.
This is not your typical superhero film – it is much more. It wipes you out emotionally. Where you might have been thinking that this the end of the rollercoaster ride, you come to the realization that there are more hills, twists and turns to come. Bravo Marvel. Five out of five stars.
Now I need to console my grandson until next year…or until AntMan and Wasp…