IF Review

With spring finally in full bloom here in the UK, it's time for a May half-term movie. This year's pre-summer hit is IF (Directed by John Krasinski). I'll admit they first time I heard the title of this film, I initially concluded it was a horror film, but IF actually stands for Imaginary Friend and it is certainly not a horror film - what a relief! Thanks to Paramount Pictures UK I attended a preview screening of IF over the weekend and cannot wait to share my review with you all. IF is a must watch at the cinema this spring, read on to see why in this spoiler free review. Check out my Disney Summer Watchlist HERE The narrative revolves around young teen girl Bea (Cailey Fleming), who is going through a pretty turbulent time when she suddenly crossing paths with an imaginary friend named Blossom (Voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Seeing Blossom leads to Bea meeting Cal (Ryan Reynolds) a man that lives in Bea's Grandmothers (Fiona Shaw) building, who is trying to re-home

Avengers Infinity War Review

So this is the review I have been waiting months now to post, yesterday I saw Avengers Infinity War (2018) and I was blown away. This is a good time to mention that this post will have spoilers, so if you have not yet seen the film and don't want spoilers then stop reading now (but save the link so you can read this after) and read my previous post that will hype you for viewing the film (Click here to read that post). Infinity War is the result of 10 years of hard work, we have all watched these characters grow through their own films, cameos and team up movies - who can forget the first team up film we were gifted with: Avengers Assemble (2012) which was incredible. In my opinion Infinity War surpasses all of the films that lead up to it, but it would be nothing without them. The emotional connections to the characters in this film run deep which is why it is so easy for us to connect with the film. This film certainly will exhaust you emotionally, I am still reeling over 24 hours on. 

The film picks up where the after credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok (2017) ends, with the Asgardians escape ship under fire from Thanos (Josh Brolin) (This is certainly a film that requires you to have seen most if not all of the pervious 17 films). The film takes us straight into an action sequence, no build up is required. The films tone is obvious from the start: Thanos takes no prisoners and death is something we should prepare ourselves for. As the film continues the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy alike fight to prevent Thanos gaining the infinity stones and performing the feared SNAP. The hero's are mainly split into two teams: those on earth (Captain America (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany) and War Machine (Don Cheadle)) who lead the fight in Wakanda in order to stop Thanos from getting his hands on the Mind Stone that is placed in Visions head.  The second team is made up of those that are in space (Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista)) who are trying to stop Thanos from processing the Time stone that Dr. Strange has. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are a team to themselves spending most of the film in space and then joining the fight in Wakanda - Their arrival mid battle is simply awesome!!!!

The relationship between characters are explored throughout the film. The one I found most interesting was the one between Bruce Banner and Hulk. I have always thought of them as one and the same that is until recently. We have seen Bruce try to supress Hulk throughout the early films, we then saw him have a little more control over Hulk in Avengers Age of Ultron (2015) and then in Thor: Ragnarok we discover that Bruce has been Hulk for two years. So in this film it is interesting to see Hulk refusing to make an appearance, it highlighted that Hulk and Banner are one person but also different. I think Hulk not making an appearance in the Wakanda fight scene was probably because there was already so much CGI. But the Russo Brothers created an interesting and complex storyline. Moreover it was interesting to see the relationship between characters that have not yet met, such as the fight sequence in space between Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Star Lord, Mantis and Drax, this scene is reminiscent of the first avengers film which featured a Thor, Iron Man and Captain America fight. The relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision is also explored beautifully with Scarlet Witch having to make an incredibly brave choice. 

There are many stand out scenes and moments in this film, as I mentioned in my Avengers Infinity War  theories post all I wanted from this film was an epic team up shot and this film certainly gave so much more than that. So many scenes gave me goosebumps including: when Steve Rogers, Black Widow and Falcon turn up to help Vision and Scarlet Witch in the train station. The scene is just so well timed, I almost wanted to cheer. In this scene Rogers mentions that earth has just lost its greatest hero (meaning Iron Man because he disappeared into space on one of Thanos space crafts), this line was perfect and honestly made me worry about Tony's chances of surviving the film. Another scene that I really enjoyed was the introduction of the Iron Spider suit. The way the suit arrives is great and its features (those legs!) allow Spider-Man to be a real force in the fight against Thanos. The fight in Wakanda is nail biting and thrilling, the CGI is so seamless that you really believe that what you are seeing is real. Also the scene where Scarlet Witch, Black Widow and Okoye (Danai Gurira) fight together - just yes!!  If I am honest I could list nearly every scene here, I honestly think that this film was full of amazing moments that when put together created the best Marvel film to date. 

Thanos. Well it is no secret that not all Marvel movie villains are memorable or even well written or essential to the universe as a whole...but Thanos is in a league of his own. He is the villain we have been waiting for, he has been lurking in the background for years now, slowly manipulating events. His character has depth and we are shown some of his past through flashbacks. We are shown how Gamora (Zoe Saldana) became the daughter of Thanos, how he believes that mass genocide is the answer to everything. But one thing I found really interesting was his connection to Gamora, Thanos is the most feared being in the galaxy yet he still has the ability to love. I found it a really interesting twist that the thing Thanos loved most was Gamora and in a beautifully artist scene a young Gamora asks 'What did it cost'. If you think it though it does make sense, she was his favourite child and he says in the film that he had hoped that Gamora would sit on his throne one day. Marvel actually managed to create a convincing complex villain and Brolin's presence is part of the reason the character is so effective. As I am talking about Marvel villains I have two more things to mention, first Loki (Tom Hiddleston), I am so glad that he finally picked a side and stuck with it, however I think sadly this time he will remain dead (I mean I am not sure I could cry over his death for a 4th time). Also a question from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) was finally answered - What happened to Red Skull (Hugo Weaving)? Now we know, honestly his reveal was so unexpected yet perfect. 

It would be wrong not to mention the ending of this film. The film ends with the villain winning, it ignores the traditional superhero movie structure, where the hero's come together, they begin to win the fight, then comes the hero downfall and then the hero's gain their strength and triumph in the end. This film is refreshing. Thanos after getting his hands on all of the infinity stones manages to wipe out half of the galaxy, the scenes that follow his SNAP are heat breaking, seeing half of our hero's slowly fading into nothing is devastating. That is why this film is so amazing it goes where no film has before. I honestly cannot wait to see how the remaining hero's rally together in Avengers 4. Moreover the cinema lost it at the after credits scene that showed Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) disappearing but before he could page Captain Marvel!

Overall I could not be more of a fan of this film. It was the perfect mix of Marvel humour, action and story. The film is unforgettable. However I am still not sure about the large place titles Marvel seem to be fond of currently - I hope its a phase that won't last. The acting throughout is flawless, each actor seems so comfortable in their roles it is as if we are watching real people on the screen. I personally cannot wait to go and see this film again and again and again.

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