Avengers: Infinity War – Take Infinite Spectacle to the Max

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
ReviewerAutar Kaw
Grade: B+
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 149 minutes

Yes, Avengers: Infinity War is 149 minutes long with relentless noise that seems to abate only a few times for its own sake and not for the audience. What is noteworthy is the embodiment of a villain by Josh Brolin, around whom the countless avengers play a secondary role. The movie is fun and it has quite a number of laughs, and some jokes do lose their effect with repeated use.

I did go to see it on Thursday with my daughter who is a big fan of Marvel movies, and one was seeing the movie with equally adoring fans. There was a lot of clapping of virtual heroes and jokes I did not get. If you are like me, to get ready for the movie, you can always read CNN’s timeline of the previous 18 movies.

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Marvel characters, from left in the foreground, Okoye (Danai Gurira), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Credit Marvel/Disney

Without mentioning any spoilers, fans will be questioning how they will continue from here but one of the six stones may hold the answer for you. If they can revive Dallas from JR’s death and that the Last Jedi is not really the last Star Wars movie, they definitely have a plan till audiences are willing to be subjected to noise, no-holds-barred battles, and state-of-the-art CGIs.

Stay till the end of credits like you usually do for Marvel movies, take what they reveal as homework and figure out its meaning. Do not google for it though like you do the solutions manual for a college course HW.

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Rogue One

Rogue One (2016)
ReviewerAutar Kaw
Grade: B
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 133 minutes

It was good to go and see Rogue One during the preview showing as fellow nerds, young and old, were there and laughing at jokes which only we could get.  Rogue One is the “filler movie” before the eighth episode shows up in all its glory in 2017.

The movie is not a Star Wars extravaganza as it is a spin-off, but without saying too much, it fits very well in the series puzzle in the beginning and at the end of the movie.  It took a while to figure out what was going on at the beginning of the movie but it compensates for with its climactic war that seems to go on forever.  The war is filmed in daylight and hence the attention to detail does not go unnoticed.

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You will be pleased with a few cameos from the franchise, some so short that you will have to forego blinking, while others are main characters in the film.  The droid has the best lines and he will make you chuckle at your own responses.

I am hoping that Disney will not treat the franchise like the “goose who lays the golden egg” but I am not sure as every year in the near future we will see a spin-off or an episode. I do not blame Disney as a $4 billion deal is quite a sum to recoup.

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
Reviewer: Autar Kaw
Grade: A
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 131 minutes

Ya, the summer session is over and I have become a somewhat lenient grader. That is not true. I was just leaning toward an A-.

Tom Cruise makes 55-year-olds like me look like a mission possible. He is helping us relive the good old and sorely missed James Bond style action with a flair for stunts that are only semi-CGI and seat-edge worthy.

Two hours fly by nicely after 20 minutes of commercials which I do not mind. Some good thoughtful movies (think Oscar) are coming in October.

There is the usual comic relief from Simon Pegg with a dose of Alec Baldwin and Jeremy Renner two liners to keep the movie in Cruise control, while disabling the control during a motorcycle chase, airplane hanging, water hole jumping, and a knife fight. Who can forget to mention the grumpy Ving Rhames acting just like as if he is in the ADT commercials.

Rebecca Ferguson is the female lead who holds her own in acting chops (is that a pre-requisite), plot twists and screentime, and the directors were sensible in her having the last word in a well-choreographed knife fight.