Death. Destruction. Darkness. Love.
Every performance is elevated from past films. The film is hilarious. Plenty of pop culture references. The writing is sharp by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. You are not sitting in the theater forgetting what is happening to a set of characters. Watching interactions and even meeting for the first time is fun. Many scenes throughout the film, I moved to the edge of my seat. The deaths are heartbreaking yet necessary. No one dies just to die. I squeezed my sandwich in delight and also in anticipation of what could happen next. Nothing was predictable. It was also fun being in a theater clapping and gasping with fellow moviegoers.
There are villains. Then there is Thanos. He shows no mercy. Josh Brolin is every inch of commanding. The acting does everything well that films with stellar of this magnitude actors often miss. Zoe Saldana gives an incredible performance with emotions that pull you into the film. As does Elizabeth Olsen. Paul Bettany, on a side note, is handsome as hell and once again great. Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel as Groot, Chris Pratt and Tom Holland are the jokesters of the film. Also, bringing stunning emotion. Scarlett Johansson, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie are marvelous and victors of strength. Letitia Wright continues to be phenomenal. Chadwick Boseman is stunning. Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding. Chris Evans and his beard are remarkable. Winston Duke is a warrior and do not forget that. Damn there are a lot of people in this film. Benedict Wong is fantastic. Pom Klementieff is wonderful. Karen Gillan is strong.
I love films. I love action. I am not a comic book reader but I will become one. I feel it helps to watch the previous films over to understand this film. Last night, I watched the first Avengers film. Ten years have been built for this moment. This film is the sturdy Jenga tower you work to build from every piece. Even with the films that you think will make the tower fall.
Alan Silvestri gives breath to a score that electrifies the film. The special effects, for the most part, are crisp. The film is also global in regard to locations. Wakanda arrived on screen and chills grew on my body. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo return to bring a succinct film with electric action.
I just realized an Avenger was not in the film. It is telling for the second film.