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Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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Avengers: Infinity War is at once something familiar and something new. Familiar in that it’s the 19th movie in the now 10-year old interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise of franchises unlike anything Hollywood has ever produced. It’s the culmination of films involving probably 50 central characters and the diverse creative storytelling of dozens of different writers and directors. We’ve seen most of these characters before and we know what to expect from them. There have been other movies with these characters. There have been two previous Avengers movies. Infinity War is new in the sense that nothing like it has been attempted in the history of film on this scale: to bring together dozens of characters from more than a dozen previous films all in one story. I thought that no matter the end result, it’s incredible that something like this is actually a reality and is actually being attempted. Going into its late April release, this was easily one of my all-time most anticipated movies. I hadn’t been this excited to see a movie since probably The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 15 years ago. And now it has to all come together for this grand crescendo.

Now, having seen the film multiple times, I’m happy to say THEY FUCKING DID IT. Here’s how…

[SPOILERS AHEAD. But if you haven’t already seen the movie by now and are reading this anyway, the hell with ya.]

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Review: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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When it was announced that Tony Stark/Iron Man would be joining the third Captain America movie as a co-lead for the Civil War storyline, I was thrilled beyond words. Not because I’m a fan of the comic book version of the story (I didn’t read comics growing up, so I know nothing about how this plays out on the page), but because I knew a major conflict between two of the biggest Marvel cinematic heroes would be much more dramatically interesting than what we’ve gotten from any of the previous films, where the hero(es) face off against a string of lame, underwritten, one-note villains. The hero vs. hero scenes in The Avengers were the best parts of that movie, and to have an entire film focusing on these two A-listers in conflict could only be a good thing.

I’m a YUUUGE fan of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I think it’s tied with The Avengers as the best movie so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (referenced as ‘MCU’ for the rest of this review). As such, I was looking forward to a third Cap movie more than any other upcoming Marvel project. Even more so after I found out directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo would be returning. Then, as news trickled down that Civil War would feature almost all of the Avengers characters & actors having to pick sides and square off against each other, my excitement grew by leaps and bounds. It would basically be a third Avengers movie (Avengers 2.5 as many called it), but grounded on Earth with serious political overtones, without any silly alien bad guy elements. Clearly, they were making this movie just for me.

If all that wasn’t enough, Disney Marvel (MCU) then made an historic deal with Sony Marvel to not only include Spider-Man in Civil War, but to basically take over creative control of a character who had been horribly misused for basically a decade (Amazing Spider-Man was good, but the last Spidey movie I really loved was Spider-Man 2 in 2004). Then they actually started making the movie, and we were eventually blessed with two jaw-dropping trailers that left little doubt this was going to be an epic, orgasmic geek experience.

And boy did it deliver. We’re now 8 years and 13 films (that’s 3 Iron Mans, 3 Captain Americas, 2 Thors, 2 Avengers, a Guardians of the Galaxy, an Ant-Man and one Incredible Hulk) into this crazy cinematic experiment, and Captain America: Civil War is without a doubt the best MCU movie yet. I’ve seen it twice as I write this review. It is a stunning accomplishment of action and storytelling. It’s the best movie I’ve seen in 2016 as of early May. No doubt that will change as we head into the fall, but I’d love for Civil War to stick around until the end of the year as one of my Best Picture contenders. It would be the first MCU movie to earn a spot at that table.

As with all my full reviews, SPOILERS AHEAD. Let’s get into the details…

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