I haven’t written a review for a while. This is mainly because I wanted to focus my attention on The Simplistic Reviews Podcast and guesting on some of our friends’ shows to promote The Simplistic Reviews Podcast. (Have you heard it? Justin Polizzi…Matthew Stewart…moi? It’s pretty dope.) Anyhow, a fateful occurrence involving a spontaneously combusting Apple hard drive suddenly hampered my ability to broadcast my random ravings. (Damn you, Steve Jobs.) However, thanks to the grace of God, Buddha, Vishnu, and two Tennesseans that I consider my family, I got back a computer and thusly my outlet for expositing my inner most thoughts on film and television. (Blame them. It’s their fault for this.) So, I saw this as an opportunity to get back to writing stuff for our lovely site again. So…um…what have I missed?
Avengers: Infinity War – BALLSY – I was an avid comic book collector from the early ’90s until around 2007. And out of all those comics I bought and read, Infinity Gauntlet was the event book that stuck with me. It was my introduction to many characters, including Thanos. It was also the first time I had seen many of the heroes I grew up reading actually killed in comic book form. Suddenly…brutally…unapologetically.
And yes cynical MCU disparager, I am fully aware Kevin Feige, the Russo Brothers, and whoever else can resurrect the fallen at will. That doesn’t make the performances of the actors perishing or the performances of the actors reacting to their friends perishing less moving or well done. When Indiana Jones seemingly falls off a cliff while riding a tank in The Last Crusade, I knew Indy would somehow survive. However, Sean Connery’s quivering shock while delivering the line “I never told him anything” and his gasping relief while telling his newly resurrected son “I thought I lost you, boy” still reaches in and pulls at your heartstrings despite having the knowledge Indy would likely be fine.
The ability to bring characters back from death isn’t something invented by the MCU, Marvel Comics, or comic books in general. It is a tool often used by creators in the medium of fiction. Just ask Jon Snow…or Spock…or Gandalf…or Sherlock Holmes…or Robocop…or Jesus H. F%*king Christ. So stow all that, “Who cares? They’re all coming back anyway” myopic thinking and try to appreciate the journey.
Apart from all things snap related, Infinity War is a blast. This is a cinematic universe that knows their secret weapon is the interactions of their characters. And that secret weapon is on full display here. Is it my favorite MCU film? No. (*COUGH!* Civil War *COUGH!*) But it is easily a top five for me.
- SIDE NOTE: Thank You Taika Waititi for what you did with the character of Thor in Thor: Ragnarok. It’s like Waititi rebuilt the engine of a car and the Russos took that car for a joy ride on the autobahn. Waititi deserves so much credit for making the previously ‘meh’ Thor one of the MCU’s most entertaining characters.
- SIDE NOTE: Lakeith Stanfield is astoundingly good. I’m as interested in his future as I was with Glover’s.
- SIDE NOTE: I’ve been hearing the rumblings of a John Krasinski/Emily Blunt respective casting for Reed Richards and Sue Storm in the MCU’s relaunch of the Fantastic Four…and I honestly can’t say I don’t love that suggestion.