Release Date: April 27, 2018
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been working toward this moment for years, and they nailed it. You know when you are nervous before getting on the new crazy rollercoaster and you wonder if you will die or if it will be the greatest coaster of all time like the advertisement said? You then ride the coaster and realize it is both at the same time. You hit the top of the hill, and everything is amazing, then the coaster shoots straight down, and you think you’re gonna die and then the cycle starts again. Well, this movie was like that except it went higher and shot down faster.
I am a huge fan of superhero movies and comic book movies in general and thus have seen a ridiculous number of them. Perhaps not all, but well over 95%, I would say. This movie was the pinnacle of superhero movies and was likely at least tied with the best ever (I really love Winter Soldier). I will need to rewatch a bunch of movies to rank them, but I walked away from the theater feeling this was the best.
So, what makes it so good? In a word, balance. This is a HUGE ensemble cast, and it is tackling some sad situations, some crazy action, and some very funny moments and the Russo brothers handled the balance between it all with perfection. When switching from earth where crazy stuff just happened to space where crazy stuff is happening, it never felt jarring, and it always made sense. I never really thought “why it is showing this now?” It just flowed. The film had many opportunities to fall into traps but deftly avoided them. Sometimes in comic book movies, and in action movies in general, the film seems to try too hard for jokes that don’t seem to fit whereas here they always seemed to fit and didn’t feel forced. Often it was even similar to what I was thinking.
The action was fast-paced, perhaps a little too fast at times, but never quite felt overwhelming like many of the recent Transformers movies. There was drama, and though I expected some, it was heavier than I thought it would be. This was probably the darkest Marvel movie yet, but it didn’t feel like it was oppressing. DC and WB should take note and learn it doesn’t have to be depressing to have a darker tone.
I rewatch a decent number of films, but this was one of the few that I wanted to rewatch immediately.
Rewatchability: Very High