MOVIE PREVIEWS
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: 04/27/2018
Production Company: Walt Disney Studios

Cast:
Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman,
Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland,
Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira
Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt.

Crew:
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo. Producers: Mitchell Bell, Ari Costa, Kevin Feige, Michael Grillo and Nicholas Simon. Executive Producers: Victoria Alonso, Louis D' Esposito, Jon Favreau, James Gunn, Stan Lee and Trinh Tran. Screenwriters: Chrisotpher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Steve Ditko and Joe Simon. Cinematographer: Trent Opaloch.
Plot:
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

“Avengers: Infinity War” will likely baffle and delight casual followers of the Marvel Universe.

Of course, fanboys/fangirls know the drill and even what lies ahead in the next movie, which will be released in May 2019.

However, all other mere mortals, especially those who still haven’t come down from their Wakanda/“Black Panther” high, may be emotionally jarred by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s dark and somber tale.

That’s because the Marvel Universe gets shaken to its core when a maniacal, purple, thick-skinned villainous giant known as Thanos (a sensational Josh Brolin, “Only the Brave” and “Deadpool 2”) emerges from the cosmic shadows and is hellbent on getting his massive hands on all six of the coveted and powerful Infinity Stones so he can control the universe.

His goal now is to eliminate half the population. He needs the Infinity Stones to restore the balance. Thanos relies on his intimidating crew known as “The Black Order” to carry out his directives.

You know Thanos is one bad dude if it takes T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and his Wakanda army leader Okeye (Danai Gurira), Tony Stark/Iron Man, (Robert Downey Jr.) and his significant other Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo,) Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), White Wolf (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Vision, (Paul Bettany) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) to take him down and even they have difficulty getting the job done.

How is that even possible?

I almost failed to mention that although they aren’t technically “Avengers,” the Guardians of the Galaxy and their cocky leader Peter Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt) are recruited too.

So, Drax (the surprisingly funny Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), a growing Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and
Pom Klementieff (Mantis) become part of this dangerous mission. Drax is out for revenge since Thanos killed his family.

Gamora (Saldana) and Nebula (Gillan) have no love for Thanos either because they’re his adopted daughters and he tortured and pitted them against each other when they were kids.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: Civil War”) pour their heart and soul into “Avengers: Infinity War” and the result is a dazzling and dizzying display of CGI special effects that zoom and zip all over the place during its 2½ hours run time.

To it’s credit, “Avengers: Infinity War” surprisingly didn’t feel unbearably long for me. I was interested throughout it, but even more when T’Challa came on the scene. I also liked the zippy banter between the characters although some were given short shrift which is understandable considering this was a massive showcase of talent.

Still, for those worried about their favorite characters turning to dust, remember those Infinity Stones can create a new reality in a different time. So, in other words, mark your calendars for next May and keep hope alive.

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Take A Peek At This Trailer For "AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.

OLD SCHOOL VIDEO PICK OF THE MONTH

Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

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