The Russo Brothers
April 27, 2018
Summary for Moms:
The Infinity Stones. Six objects of great power scattered across the universe that grant their wielders dominion over one singular aspect of the universe. When assembled, they are a threat to life as we know it. Unfortunately for us, Thanos (Josh Brolin) has made it his quest to collect them all and destroy half of all life in the universe. The only thing that stands in his way is the assembled hordes of the Marvel Universe’s Mightiest Heroes (Everyone). But will they stop the most dangerous villain they’ve ever faced, or tear themselves apart trying?
This is it. The culmination of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and about a year and a half of Make Mom Marvel. After nearly 20 movies, all the pieces have been set up and are ready to be knocked down. So here we go.
The movie wastes absolutely no time getting down to business. It even handwaves away Thanos’ collection of the Power Stone from Xandar, which I think is a disservice, but whatever. Regardless, whenever Thanos is on screen he commands your attention, and my mom found him interesting enough. She did need a slight recap given how conservatively Thanos was seeded in earlier movies, but got up to speed quick enough.
The main thrust of the film is simple. Thanos wants the Infinity Stones, and the Avengers have to stop him. But, given the sheer amount of characters that need to be present, something so simple quickly becomes an unwieldy puzzle of pacing, balancing, and character development. The Russos once again knocked it out of the park and kept my mom interested the entire time. The humor and interplay between dozens of clashing personalities kept her laughing and invested. BUT… she was a little bored.
Why was she bored? Well, like I said, the plot is simple. Thanos wants the Infinity Stones, and the Avengers have to stop him. So, OBVIOUSLY, by the end of the movie, they would take him out and everything would be alright again. Right?
Once Thanos snapped his fingers, my mom’s reaction was identical to Thor’s.
“What did he do? What happened? What did he do?”
Then, as 50% of the heroes turned to dust, she could hardly believe it. As Black Panther and Spider-Man and everyone else started to disappear, she asked me how they could do this? How are they going to make sequels?
And that’s how you cap off 10 years of movies.
Mom Rating (Out of Five):
- She totally did not recognize bearded Steve.
- She thought Gamora killed Thanos right away in the Collector’s Room.
- She didn’t remember Red Skull at all, and I can’t blame her.
- She knew Thanos was going to throw Gamora off the cliff and was laughing while he did it.
- She was kind of upset that she had to wait a year to find out what happens.
Post Credits Sequence:
- “What’s that? Who’s he calling? Is it someone new?”