When I think of epic movies that never disappoint I think about Marvel superhero films and Star Wars flicks (both companies of which are owned by Disney) and these franchises basically own the pockets of most moviegoers, because we as movie fans have come to expect a whole bunch of fun with a film that has Marvel or Star Wars plastered all over it. In the past couple of months my movie happiness has been obtained by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars’ second standalone film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. After watching Infinity War I honestly began to question my love for the Star Wars franchise. Marvel Studios has become a movie franchise powerhouse and has constantly cranked out highly enjoyable superhero films for years while Star Wars has made fantastic movies as well but haven’t landed on a concrete formula that moviegoers around the world can enjoy. And then I watched Solo last week and my mind was utterly blown.
Usually when a film bombs box office wise that particular movie is terrible but Solo was the exact opposite. It was the definition of fun from beginning to end and honestly, I’m still reeling at how good the movie was. So here’s the question; Infinity War or Solo, which movie did I feel was better? That’s what I’m here to answer for all of you curious readers and I hope you enjoy.
Avengers: Infinity War
For six years I had been waiting for Infinity War with a bridled patience, hoping that when this third Avengers film would come it would be worth the wait. It was. Not only did we get to see so many awesome team ups between these characters that had never met before but we got a compelling story that really oozed the climactic essence it was supposed to. There were triumphs and losses, elation and heartbreaks, but most importantly Infinity War was one of the best superhero films ever made. The movie’s only fault was its two and a half hour run time, which after one viewing doesn’t seem like a lot, but after watching it a second time you can really feel that extensive length of time.
Besides that one blaring hindrance to the film the story is overall a triumphant success and really made the movie worth watching. Especially that ending. Gosh, when Thanos showed he showed up didn’t he? I definitely wouldn’t, in a million of years, have imagined the heroes being defeated in the way that they did because Marvel had subliminally trained our minds to expect them to win. So when they didn’t it was legitimately one of the most shocking moments in any movie that I’ve seen. I came away from that movie stunned and unable to register what had just happened. That’s how you know when a film has just dropped a major bombshell. When you leave the movie theater walking in a confused daze. In fact, both times I went to see the film there was no clapping or noise in the theater at the end of the movie because that unexpected finger snap twist left audiences stunned to a resounding silence.
Avengers: Infinity War may not be the most rewatchable film in the MCU due to its heavy themes and long run time but it is undoubtedly one of its glowing triumphs in the franchise due to its creativity and unexpected awesomeness. And Infinity War finally provided us an iconic Marvel villain worthy of standing alongside some of the DC Comics greats such as The Joker or Lex Luthor.
This was a great movie through and through and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. In fact, it’s so good that it has raised a ridiculously high bar for Avengers 4 to surpass and if Avengers 4 ends up being better than Infinity War it will probably be the greatest superhero film of all time.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
If you’ve read my blog you would know that I was less than enthusiastic about Solo as it was getting ready to hyperspace into theaters. I thought the movie was going to be decent but would be ruined by Alden Ehrenreich’s portrayal of Han Solo. The marketing for the film didn’t help excite me for the movie whatsoever. And it honestly seemed like a boring concept of a Star Wars Story. I mean, did I really want to know about Han Solo’s younger years before we see him in A New Hope?
So, I eventually went to see the film nearly two weeks after its release to celebrate my twentieth birthday, expecting to watch a mediocre Star Wars movie and I honestly couldn’t have been more surprised. As soon as the movie came on I was drawn into the film’s story and the movie never disappointed me through its perfect two hours and fourteen minute run time. Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo was young and charismatic, charming and perfectly humorous, and an absolute blast to watch. The action scenes were beyond phenomenal, especially in IMAX. The worlds were positively captivating. Every character felt essential to the film in their own various ways. And the story was actually really good.
I came away from that movie much in the same way that I left the theater after Infinity War; stunned. But not in a oh-my-gosh-what-just-happened way. It was more like an oh-my-gosh-that-movie-was-so-GOOD way. Solo took me on a galactic adventure that I wasn’t expecting and now when I see the headlines talking about Solo‘s weak box office run I feel a pang of sadness because there are thousands of Star Wars fans who are like I was, not wanting to watch this movie, and they don’t even realize what they’re missing. The Last Jedi‘s storytelling sometimes went a little too unconventional but Solo reminded me exactly why I love Star Wars so much. It’s fun!
So Which Movie Prevails?
It’s honestly hard to say because both films made me gasp in shock, beam with joy, and hit my emotional nerves when the moments arose but if I was to pick between the two I’d have to say Solo was the better movie.
It’s not that Avengers: Infinity War isn’t a great film but I base a movie’s quality on how many times I could watch the movie and I’m telling ya, Solo is undoubtedly a movie I will watch dozens of times when I get to own it on DVD while Avengers: Infinity War will not have the same reaction from me. Infinity War is one of those movies where after you get the initial shock it’s hard to watch the film again and enjoy it as much as the first time you saw it. Solo is just a ridiculously entertaining adventure movie and those type of films are super easy to watch over and over again.
Besides, Star Wars was my first love and even though Marvel has cranked out some marvelous films over the years I’ll always enjoy the thrill of great Star Wars movies more.
Which movie did you think was better? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.