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Every single one of the 18 MCU movies are forgettable shawarmas compared to the massive typical-Dubai Friday Brunch that is Infinity War
Gareth Kurt Warren
Ten years in the making and the movie we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. In 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with the release of Iron Man. The rest is history. From Captain America and the Guardians of the Galaxy to the recent Black Panther, every single movie has set up this blockbuster.
How block busting is it? Well, to start with, it’s packed with 76 characters.
Debonair was at the regional premiere of the movie last night, held at the VOX Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates – and with every single Marvel film opening at #1, it was obvious that Infinity War would follow suit.
And after watching it, we’re sure it will follow suit. Some would argue that this is the best movie of the summer - if not the year.
Infinity War isn’t the humorous action-packed, superhero comedy you think it is. The tone is set well within the first 10 minutes of the movie. This is a serious and daring film that’s here to “kick names and take a***s” (you will get this reference later).
Think about every single superhero movie you have ever watched. The minute they suit up or make their first appearance as a superhero triggers something within you. Excitement, pride, awe, happiness; to each their own.
This movie takes that very same feeling and amplifies it. Characters keep making their appearances well into the first quarter of the movie. There will be gasps, screams, applause and shivers when they initially show up on screen, and the excitement doesn’t stop there.
Initially, any rational fan would have a few questions going in: how would they fit 76 massive personalities into a movie with a 2-hour-40-minute run time. Trust me when I say – they can, they did, and they did it well.
Every single major superhero had a fair amount of screen time, flanked by a handful of others to balance the mix. The movie transitions effortlessly between scenes and sub-plots, and every personality have been handled flawlessly.
Similar to the Lord of the Rings – viewers can pick their favourite team and follow them through their own mini-adventure. While everything, everyone does merge together at the end.
Infinity War: Clash of the egos
Comic book fans would be looking forward to ego giants Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) sharing the same screen. In the Marvel world, they are after all, both rich, snarky, egotistical and sport the same meticulously crafted goatees.
You could tell that both Downey and Cumberbatch enjoyed those scenes. After you finish the movie and the dust settles, those little moments would find a special place in the corner of your memories.
For one last time, think back at every Marvel movie you have watched. The audience always left the theatre buzzing, smiling and replaying their favourite comedic and action scenes over and over again.
This one is different. The movie will leave you in shock – and in a good way. It will leave you quiet, sad and hopeful. It will leave you with questions. It will make you think.
For those of you who share a deeper emotional connection with these specific characters, not just from the movies, but also from the comics or cartoons we grew up with, let me warn you in advance – you will spend a few days post-movie in shock, while reflecting on choices and contemplating life.
Infinity War: Let’s get real
As I mentioned before, this is a daring movie. While we could get distracted by the lightheartedness and the banter shared between the superheroes, bear in mind that the universe is in trouble.
We’re used to movies where the world is in danger - that’s standard. But this movie kicks it up a notch . We have been emotionally invested in these characters over the past 10 years, and for the comic fans reading this, almost all our lives.
The movie balances human emotions with the humour, action and despair.
You get a see a serious emotional Thor, which is a sharp u-turn from when we last saw him in Thor Ragnarok. While the Guardians have always been the fun bunch, we will feel what they feel. The audience can and will relate to the cast.
From a constructional point of view, the movie was crafted to perfection.
Infinity War is an incredibly emotional masterpiece. Would you leave the theatre happy? Maybe. However, remember that happiness isn't the only emotion we feel.