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Avengers: Infinity War

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Having acquired the Power Stone from the planet Xandar, Thanos and his lieutenants—Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive—intercept the spaceship carrying the survivors of Asgard’s destruction. As they extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract, Thanos subdues Thor, overpowers Hulk, and kills Loki. Heimdall sends Hulk to Earth using the Bifröst before being killed. Thanos departs with his lieutenants and obliterates the spaceship.

Hulk crash-lands at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, reverting to Bruce Banner. He warns Stephen Strange and Wong about Thanos’ plan to kill half of all life in the universe; in response, Strange recruits Tony Stark. Maw and Obsidian arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange, drawing the attention of Peter Parker. Maw captures Strange, but fails to take the Time Stone due to an enchantment. Stark and Parker pursue Maw’s spaceship, Banner contacts Steve Rogers, and Wong stays behind to guard the Sanctum.

In Scotland, Midnight and Glaive ambush Wanda Maximoff and Vision in order to retrieve the Mind Stone in Vision’s forehead. Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson rescue them and take shelter with James Rhodes and Banner at the Avengers Compound. Vision offers to sacrifice himself by having Maximoff destroy the Mind Stone to keep Thanos from retrieving it. Rogers suggests they travel to Wakanda, which he believes has the resources to remove the stone without destroying Vision.

The Guardians of the Galaxy respond to a distress call from the Asgardian ship and rescue Thor, who surmises Thanos seeks the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of the Collector on Knowhere. Rocket and Groot accompany Thor to Nidavellir, where they and Eitri create an enchanted battle-axe capable of killing Thanos. On Knowhere, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis find Thanos with the Reality Stone already in his possession. Thanos kidnaps Gamora, his adoptive daughter, who reveals the location of the Soul Stone to save her captive adoptive sister Nebula from torture. Thanos and Gamora travel to Vormir, where Red Skull, keeper of the Soul Stone, informs him the stone can only be retrieved by sacrificing someone he loves. Thanos reluctantly kills Gamora, earning the Stone.

Nebula escapes captivity and asks the remaining Guardians to meet her on Thanos’ destroyed homeworld, Titan. Stark and Parker kill Maw and rescue Strange. Landing on Titan, they meet Quill, Drax, and Mantis. The group forms a plan to remove Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet after Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures, seeing only one in which Thanos loses. Thanos arrives, justifying his plans as necessary to ensure the survival of a universe threatened by overpopulation. The group subdues him until Nebula deduces that Thanos has killed Gamora. Enraged, Quill retaliates, allowing Thanos to break the group’s hold and overpower them. After Stark is seriously wounded by Thanos, Strange surrenders the Time Stone in exchange for Thanos sparing Stark. Thanos departs for Earth.

In Wakanda, Rogers reunites with Bucky Barnes before Thanos’ army invades. The Avengers, alongside T’Challa and the Wakandan forces, mount a defense while Shuri works to extract the Mind Stone from Vision. Banner, unable to transform into the Hulk, fights in Stark’s Hulkbuster armor. Thor, Rocket, and Groot arrive to reinforce the Avengers; Midnight, Obsidian, and Glaive are killed and their army is routed. Thanos arrives and despite Maximoff’s attempt to destroy the Mind Stone, removes it from Vision, killing him.

Thor severely wounds Thanos, but Thanos activates the completed Infinity Gauntlet and teleports away. Half of all life across the universe disintegrates, including Barnes, T’Challa, Groot, Maximoff, Wilson, Mantis, Drax, Quill, Strange, and Parker. Stark and Nebula remain on Titan while Banner, M’Baku, Okoye, Rhodes, Rocket, Rogers, Romanoff, and Thor are left on the Wakandan battlefield. Meanwhile, Thanos recovers on another planet.

In a post-credits scene, Nick Fury transmits a signal as he, Maria Hill, and others disintegrate. The transmitter displays a star insignia on a red-and-blue background

REVIEW:

The moment has come! The big payoff! The reason we have sat through seemingly endless Marvel Cinematic Universe films, though they have all been enjoyable to varying degrees. 10 years in the making, complete with developing an entire universe, setting up some high stakes, and teasing us with the big bad, Avengers: Infinity War has arrived! Will it be the payoff all of us comic nerds, as well as the general public have been expecting?

What is this about?

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

What did I like?

Spread the wealth. From the moment this film was announced, it was clear that the cast was going to be huge. What we didn’t know was how the balance of screentime would play out. Would we get a heavy dose of Iron Man and Captain America, while Hulk and Dr. Strange are relegated to what amounts to glorified cameos? I can assure you that is not the case. Every character that we have been introduced to in the MCU to this point, with the exception of Hawkeye, Ant-Man (who has his own sequel coming later this summer, which takes place before this film, apparently), and a couple of others who i can’t think of at the moment, is included in this film. While not all time on screen is equal, each character is allowed to show their strengths and why we have grown to care about them over this time.

Mad Titan. Yesterday, I saw Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2 and, while he was good as that character, he feels more at home as Thanos. That’s not to say Brolin can’t play a cyborg mutant from the future, or that he should always seek out roles where he is a delusional psychopath with delusions of grandeur who has a strange misconception of what kind of balance the universe needs. Rather, he just seemed to have more fun as Thanos. I think he even said so himself. I can’t blame him. One the one hand, he could be a really strong time traveling cyborg who has to listen to Deadpool all day or be a universal titan that is nigh unstoppable. The latter seems to be the better option. As far as his plot is concerned, i think this is one of Marvel’s stronger villains. I won’t spoil it for you, but he does lay out and execute his plans with precision, rather than dawdle and monologue the way some earlier MCU villains have done (some in his employ).

Impact. The impact of the MCU has been felt ever since the first Avengers was released and other studios started taking notice of universe building. Now, if you notice there are many duplicators and imitators. DC has come the closest to recreating the formula, but something just isn’t right with them. When all is said and done with this film, though, the way it ends is sure to make a lasting impact on fans and probably moreso on those that aren’t fans. I can’t go into much detail about it without dabbling into spoiler territory, but i can say that something happens that will send shock waves through the audience, as it is something no one saw coming.

What didn’t I like?

Short end of the stick. Earlier, i mentioned the enormous cast and how not everyone was given equal screentime. For some reason *COUGH* ego*COUGH*, Iron Man gets the majority of the screentime. Meanwhile characters such as Bucky (Winter Soldier), Black Widow, Nebula, etc. have maybe 5 min on screen. In Nebula’s defense, she was a prisoner being tortured by Thanos for most of her time. This brings me to Black Panther. He, and the nation of Wakanda, play an important role later in the film, but that is all we get. Some have speculated that since this was filmed before the release of Black Panther, the studio had no idea of the impact that film would have and thus didn’t give T’Challa much to do in this film. There is an argument to made there, but my point is many characters, both major and minor didn’t receive as much time as they could have because of the amount of characters in this film. I’m not saying there were too many, just that, and I’m going to sound like Thanos here, ironically, more balance needs to be brought.

Offspring. Unless you are a fan of the comics, then you probably have no idea who Thanos’ “children” were. Myself, not being up to date on Thanos’ history, didn’t know who they were, either. Apparently, they are, much like Nebula and Gamora, the last children from worlds Thanos has conquered and destroyed who now serve him. That little bit of history doesn’t mean much, other than explain why they are fighting so hard for this big purple guy. They view him as their father and will do anything  for him. The way they seem to be portrayed in the film is equivalent to Stormtroopers, mindless clones who only serve one purpose.

Ground support. Granted, there isn’t much they could do and i just went on about too many characters, but i can’t help but think that the Defenders (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones), the Punisher, Ghost Rider, and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , along with anyone else that could help out with this (Inhumans, Deathlok, etc.) The world is in danger! I find it hard to believe that these heroes/anti-heroes would just sit idly by, especially Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. (note…i have not been watching this season). Real talk…the only reason none of these guys are making an appearance is because Marvel is desperately wanting to keep the MCU away from the Netflix universe. Don’t ask me why. It makes no sense!

Spoiler alert. This isn’t a complaint against the film, but rather internet culture. As you know, i am nearly a month late getting to see this. Life/work kept me away from the theater. In this day and age, spoilers are very hard to avoid, especially when you are in a Facebook group for comic book and movie nerds. However, i believe it was the Sunday after the film’s release that i was checking out the Venom trailer and had the film spoiled for me. How was it spoiled? Well, right as the trailer is about to end, some @#%$!^ inserted a 10 second clip of himself telling the world what happened. I ask you…who does that?!?

Final thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War? Man, what a ride! The emotional roller coaster this film takes you on from the opening beat down of the Asgardians, to the triumphant return of Steve Rogers (that entrance was…wow!), all the way to the events that happen in the second half of the film are sure to keep one on the edge of their seat. There are some things that could be cut as well as some scenes that probably should not have been cut. All in all, though, i had a great time watching this and can’t wait for the next one. Do i recommend it? Yes, very highly!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

2014 Movie Awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2015 by Mystery Man

Another year has come and gone. If you remember the past few years, I have done my personal movie awards. Well, this will be the 7th annual “Let’s All Go to the Movies Movie Awards”

The rules are simple…nominated films are those that I have seen and reviewed in the past year. In other words, these awards, unless otherwise noted, are for films I’ve reviewed this year, and don’t necessarily reflect those that were released in 2014 (except for that particular category). So, if I saw a film in 2008 and then watched it again this year, it is not eligible. Get it? Got it? Good. Enjoy!

Best Animated Film
here are the nominees

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
Antz
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Frozen
Watership Down
Justice League: War
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
James and the Giant Peach
Despicable Me 2

…and the winner is…

How to Train Your Dragon 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Classic Film
and the nominees are

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Holiday Inn
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Gone with the Wind
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Unholy Wife
Octopussy
Barefoot in the Park
Klondike Annie
Illegal
Old Yeller
Dirty Dancing
Fantastic Voyage
The Shining
The Thief of Baghdad (1924)
High Anxiety
Chisum
Sun Valley Serenade
Roman Holiday
The Errand Boy
Summer Stock
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
It’s Always Fair Weather
Blade Runner
For Me and My Gal
My Name is Nobody
Stripes
A Mam Called Adam
The Man with the Golden Gun
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Escape from Alcatraz
Last Tango in Paris

…and the winner is…

Gone with the Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Comedy
here are the nominees

Ernest Saves Christmas
Good Burger
The Birdcage
The 40-Year Old Virgin
Ride Along
Scooby-Doo
Class Act
Barefoot in the Park
Klondike Annie
Three Men and a Baby
Jersey Girl
Eddie Murphy Delirious
Coneheads
High Anxiety
Tommy Boy
There’s Something About Mary
The Great Outdoors
Knights of Badassdom
The Errand Boy
Mean Girls
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Happy Gilmore
Last Holiday
Last Vegas
Tomcats
Stripes
Weird Science
Harlem Nights
Duplex
Maid in Manhattan
Don Jon
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
13 Going on 30

…and the winner is…

The Birdcage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People’s Choice
here are the nominees

Despicable Me 2
Kick-Ass 2
Don Jon
Maid in Manhattan
Stripes
A League of Their Own
Frozen
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Mean Girls
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Maleficent
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Under the Tuscan Sun
Dirty Dancing
The Boxtrolls
The Expendables 3
Thelma & Louise
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part I
Oculus
Holiday Inn
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

…and the winner is…

A League of Their Own

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Horror
here are the nominees

Big Ass Spider!
Oculus
The Shining
Insidious: Chapter 2
Texas Chainsaw 3D
The Lawnmower Man
Knights of Badassdom
The Uninvited

…and the winner is…

The Shining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Musical
here are the nominees

Holiday Inn
Teen Beach Movie
Sun Valley Serenade
Summer Stock
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
It’s Always Fair Weather
For Me and My Gal

…and the winner is…

Summer Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Western
here are the nominees

The Sons of Katie Elder
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Dead in Tombstone
El Dorado
My Name is Nobody

Chisum
Stagecoach
Buck and the Preacher
The Lone Ranger (2013)

…and the winner is…

El Dorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Drama
here are the nominees

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Wolf of Wall Street
Rush
The Blue Lagoon
Gone with the Wind
Thelma & Louise
12 Years a Slave
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Unholy Wife
Klondike Annie
Jersey Girl
Illegal
Nymphomaniac, vol. I
Dirty Dancing
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax
Under the Tuscan Sun
Labor Day
Bonnie & Clyde (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club
Saving Mr. Banks
American Hustle
A League of Their Own
About Time
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
A Man Called Adam
The Black Dahlia
Cat on a Hot Tim Roof
Last Tango in Paris
Flowers in the Attic
The Way Way Back

…and the winner(s) are…

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(tie)

 

12 Years a Slave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
here are the nominees

Battle Beyond the Stars
The Hobbit: The Battle for the Five Armies
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part I
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Dracula Untold
The Man from Planet X
Fantastic Voyage
Guardians of the Galaxy
Jumanji
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Æon Flux
Maleficent
Spawn
The Lawnmower Man
Sleeper
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Gravity
Excalibur
Blade Runner (Director’s Cut)
Riddick
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Weird Science
Ender’s Game
47 Ronin
Elysium

…and the winner is…

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Family
here are the nominees

Ernest Saves Christmas
Good Burger
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Big Hero 6
The Nut Job
Scooby-Doo
The Boxtrolls
The Haunted Mansion
Old Yeller
Mighty Joe Young
Jumanji
Antz
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Teen Beach Movie
Maleficent
Frozen
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Tower of Terror
James and the Giant Peach
Despicable Me 2
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

…and the winner is…

Old Yeller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Action/Adventure
here are the nominees

Battle Beyond the Stars
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Getaway
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part I
Dead in Tombstone
Ride Along
Octopussy
Dracula Untold
The Expendables 3
Guardians of the Galaxy
Jumanji
The Thief of Baghdad (1924)
Hercules (2014)
Big Trouble in Little China
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Æon Flux
Spawn
Man on Fire
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug
For Your Eyes Only
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Fast & Furious
The Spy Who Loved Me
Homefront
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Moonraker
Escape Plan
The Family
The Boondock Saints
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Riddick
Justice League: War
Pompeii
Ender’s Game
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels
Kick-Ass 2
2 Guns
Elysium
Red 2
47 Ronin

…and the winner is…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Thriller/Mystery
here are the nominees

Oculus
Getaway
The Lady Vanishes
The Unholy Wife
House at the End of the Street
Man on Fire
Gravity
Homefront
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax
Oldboy (2013)
The Nines
Escape Plan
Paranoia
Escape from Alcatraz
Prisoners
Elysium

…and the winner is…

Man on Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Superhero Film
here are the nominees

Guardians of the Galaxy
Spawn
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Justice League: War
The Invincible Iron Man
Kick-Ass 2

…and the winner is…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worst Film
here are the nominees

Journey to the Seventh Planet
Mulan II
Ghost Dad
Paranoia
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
CBGB
Beach Blanket Bingo
Epic
Leaves of Grass
Attack of the Crab Monsters
The Starving Games
The Smurfs 2
Cat Run
Die, Mommie, Die!
Oldboy (2013)
The Punisher (1989)
The Fat Spy
Inbred
Escape from Tomorrow
Planes
The Legend of Hercules
Beyond the Time Barrier
Hercules in New York
Black Mama, White Mama
Free Birds
House at the End of the Street
Strippers vs. Werewolves
Nymphomaniac: vol. II
The Big Hit
Strange Frame

…and the winner (loser) is…

The Starving Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Film Released in 2014
here are the nominees

Justice League: War
The Nut Job
Ride Along
Pompeii
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Maleficent
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hercules (2014)
The Expendables 3
The Boxtrolls
Dracula Untold
Big Hero 6
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part I
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

…and the winner is…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Anticipated of 2015
here are the nominees

Taken 3
Mortdecai
Paddington
Jupiter Ascending
The Duff
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Chappie
Cinderella
Get Hard
Furious 7
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pitch Perfect 2
Tomorrowland
Ted 2
Minions
Ant-Man
Hitman: Agent 47
Hotel Transylvania 2
The Peanuts Movie
London Has Fallen
The Mockingjay, part II
The Good Dinosaur
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

…and the winner(s) are…

Avengers: Age of Ultron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(tie)

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention
here are the nominees
A Man Called Adam
X-Men Days of Future Past
Saving Mr. Banks
Kick-Ass 2
Under the Tuscan Sun
Big Hero 6
In a World…
Thelma & Louise
Frozen
The Errand Boy
Dirty Dancing
Illegal
The Blue Lagoon

Holiday Inn
Barefoot in the Park

…and the winner is…

Saving Mr. Banks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and now the moment you’ve all been waiting for

Best Film
here are the nominees

13 Going on 30
Kick-Ass 2
Despicable Me 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
In a World…
Don Jon
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Maid in Manhattan
A Man Called Adam
For Me and My Gal
My Name is Nobody
Happy Gilmore
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A League of Their Own
Gravity
Summer Stock
Frozen
Saving Mr. Banks
The Errand Boy
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Dallas Buyers Club
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Roman Holiday
X-Men: Days of Future Past
There’s Something About Mary
Chisum
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Under the Tuscan Sun
How to Train Your Dragon 2
High Anxiety
Coneheads
Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Shining
Fantastic Voyage
El Dorado
Dirty Dancing
The Expendables 3
Old Yeller
Illegal
Three Men and a Baby
Barefoot in the Park
12 Years a Slave
Thelma & Louise
Big Hero 6
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part I
The Birdcage
Gone with the Wind
Rush
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Holiday Inn
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Wolf of Wall Street
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

…and the winner is…

 

Gone with the Wind

 

 

Thanks to everyone who comes by and reads this little ol’ blog of mine. A special thanks to those who voted for the “People’s choice”. For all of these, with the exception of worst film, it was a hard decision, let me tell ya!

Stay tuned in the next year for even more movies that range from obscure to suckfest to mega blockbusters (and don’t be afraid to leave a comment or two).

Trailer Thursday 3/13

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on March 13, 2014 by Mystery Man

It is time for another edition of “Trailer Thursday”

This week, I figured it was time to take a glimpse into the future with a film that I was skeptical about when I heard they were making it, but after seeing the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, it has skyrocketed up my list of most anticipated, not to mention rekindled my love for “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede