Avengers: Infinity War

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Avengers: Infinity War. It was mildly distracting to see the movie’s first major battle taking place in my downtown Atlanta neighborhood, just blocks away. Is this how New Yorkers feel all the time? Thanos is a great villain. Maybe knowing they’d have him around later let them invest more and give him some motivation beyond destruction? I like the several scenes where loved ones are torn between hard choices – Vision and Scarlet Witch, Thanos and Gamorra, Starlord and Gamorra, etc.. My main frustration with the movie was the big Wakanda scenes. We are convinced this is the most technologically advanced civilization on the planet, and they are fighting a crucial battle… with infantry, hand-to-hand? It’s a shame. They could have done something more interesting. The giant roto-tiller machines were cool, though.

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer. I keep thinking about this one. There are plenty of logical flaws, loopholes, heavy-handed messaging, whatever. But it’s so cool. The railroad car constraint lends to some great invention with sets and storytelling and form. Evans shows some range you don’t get to see in the Marvel movies. Swinton drives me nuts sometimes, but I really appreciated her role here for both evil and levity. I rank this highly among 2014 releases, in the good company of Edge of Tomorrow, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Lego Movie.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I had so much fun. Good action movies make you want to do the things you see on screen. Iron Man is fun to watch, but I don’t feel like I want to fly around and shoot beams out of my hands. But this? Yeah, I want to hold up a shield and run through locked doors. The First Avenger is still my favorite of the Marvel movies, but this is a nice elaboration and keeps the good drama/humor balance. Such a great character, becoming more suspicious, more wary of what he’s asked to do.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger. Pleasantly surprised by this one. You’ve got a solid underdog story, with an arc from bumbling to confident. The love interest wasn’t treated as typically as I expected. There was some blood spray and general grittiness that, coupled with the cutting-edge 1940s tech and throwback look, was really satisfying. I always loved that Captain America carried a gun. And they took some breaks for musical comedy! I understand and appreciate his role in the movie, but I wish they’d eased up on the Stark references. It’s really annoying to mention Stark because Stark is probably connected to Tony Stark who’s Iron Man who’s in a related movie. Stark. NUDGE. Hugo Weaving every now and then signalssss malevolenccccce with his sibilantssss. I will really miss Tommy Lee Jones if he ever retires.