Both Avengers: Infinity War and The Last Jedi were hyped up to be groundbreaking entries in their respective franchises but where The Last Jedi failed to deliver on becoming the stunning sequel we were all expecting Avengers: Infinity War actually managed to make an incredible movie by introducing fantastic action and non-stop shocking moments which all led to a cliffhanger worth remembering.
The story for Infinity War was lightyears better than The Last Jedi because it was concise and easy to follow. When I walked out of that theater last Friday I understood nearly everything that transpired in the film which is a miracle considering how many storylines the Russo Brothers had to juggle. I had to watch The Last Jedi twice to even have a concept of what was going on and even then I was still lost at times or just plain bewildered at some of the film’s choices.
The story for this latest Avengers film was also brilliant because it really did feel like a culmination of the last eighteen movies before this movie. A lot of times movie companies try to hype up a film by announcing it’ll be better than it actually is but Infinity War actually delivered in all of the best ways possible. I appreciate that.
The action for Infinity War was absolutely phenomenal and I definitely didn’t expect anything less. With so many incredible heroes in one movie the film was destined to have some exciting interplay between the characters and some fascinating new abilities and tricks from these well-known superheroes and that was definitely presented countless times in the film.
The Last Jedi, while it has one of my favorite action scenes in Star Wars with the awesome Praetorian Guard scuffle, the film doesn’t focus heavily on its action and so sometimes those more upbeat scenes can be a little lackluster. Like the highly anticipated Finn/Phasma duel. For months I was waiting for that showdown and when it finally arrived it was over in a matter of seconds. It was a huge disappointment for me and one of the blaring failures of the movie.
The romance was also so much better in Infinity War than The Last Jedi. The romance in The Last Jedi felt at times forced and unnecessary, especially considering that the trilogy was doing perfectly fine without it. When the characters in Infinity War had romantic moments in the film those moments were warranted and added some real emotional depth to the movie, like for example when Tony spoke to Pepper for the last time.
The raw emotion in Pepper’s voice as she finds out he’s aboard the alien ship and the sorrow on Tony’s face is one of the quietest and most emotional parts in the film. It sets a sad and desperate tone early into the movie that never relinquishes.
Another emotional moment in the film is when Star-Lord discovers Thanos killed Gamora in exchange for the Soul Stone. A lot of times in films when a man is going to go save his girlfriend nine times out of ten he usually does but in this scenario Star-Lord couldn’t have saved her because he didn’t even know where she was and it was a heartbreaking realization. For two movies straight his love for Gamora had only grown and then when they finally give in and tell one another that they love each other that’s when he lost her. I can’t blame him for going off in the way that he did (even though if he had just waited for a few seconds longer Thanos’s genocidal plan could’ve ended right there) because he’s already had to deal with his mother dying before his very eyes. Losing Gamora was the last straw.
And then the third and most emotional moment of the whole film for me between characters who were involved romantically were the final moments between Scarlet Witch and Vision. I’m going to be honest with you, I cried the last time I saw this scene. The fight against Thanos had come to a final resort and for Scarlet Witch to have to make an incredible sacrifice like that for the survival of humanity throughout the galaxy was undoubtedly one of the bravest things to be done in the movie. Too bad Vision’s death still didn’t create a great outcome for the heroes. 😦
The characters were also more enjoyable in Infinity War than The Last Jedi because no one was in the tad bit annoying. Even Drax who was one of my least favorite heroes didn’t bother me in the film whereas Poe was a little too much at times, Rose didn’t excite me as much as I thought she would, and Benicio del Toro’s DJ seemed like a waste of an opportunity for a really great character.
The CGI for Infinity War was also lightyears better than the CGI for The Last Jedi. I don’t know how many times I watched this film and said to myself, “Wow. Look at that CGI.” Thanos looked remarkably real, his Black Order were stunningly crafted as well, the CGI worlds were magnificent, and it overall was a very well computer-generated movie.
Even the music for Avengers: Infinity War took the trophy because the score was so downright EPIC! As I sat through the credits to see the end-credit scene my mind was blown away by how fantastically grand Alan Silvestri’s score was.
The only thing I can say The Last Jedi beat Avengers: Infinity War on was cinematography. There were impeccably gorgeous shots after shots after shots in that film that helped elevate the film to a standard I hadn’t really seen before. I mean, look at this picture. It’s absolutely beautiful.
All in all, as great a job Rian Johnson did creating a sequel that would challenge these characters and present them new obstacles and developments that would lead into Episode IX the resounding success of Avengers: Infinity War just simply outweighs the level of storytelling presented in The Last Jedi. And it shows in the box-office as Avengers: Infinity War has already surpassed $1 billion dollars and it’s only been out for a little over a week. It’s probably going to surpass The Last Jedi’s earnings by it’s third weekend and do you know why? Because it’s a fantastic movie!
Marvel truly outdid themselves and I don’t know how they could possibly surpass the bar that they’ve already provided because Infinity War is, in a word, EPIC! Hopefully Episode IX follows in the vein of this Avengers film by becoming a movie that’ll truly be worthy of the final installment in this new trilogy.
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