Plot: Thanos (Josh Brolin) has reached the final stages of his plan: he will collect all of the Infinity Stones and with their power reshape the universe after his own ideas. The hunt for the stones makes him cross paths with the Avengers on Earth, as well as the Guardians and the Asgardian refugees in space, leading to them coming together in a desperate effort to stop him and his plans.
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of more than a decade of films. That alone makes it a momentous, if not to say monumental film. And it’s not bad per se, but it does feel like a step down from the recent absolute highlights that were Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok.
Plot: After the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has to return to Wakanda to claim the throne. Returning means reuniting with his friends and family. But the transition of power is a delicate time. And there is more than one threat to Wakanda and T’Challa’s rule.
I didn’t hear a single bad word about Black Panther before I saw it, so my expectations were pretty high. And I’m happy to say that they were absolutely more than fulfilled. Black Panther is a visually, narratively and politically strong film that’s also simply entertaining.
Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is an economics professor who has been leading a quite and very empty existence ever since his wife died. When he returns to his flat in New York after years of absence, he discovers two squatters there – who don’t know that they are actually squatting. A slow friendship develops between the three of them. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) are both illegally in the US and when Tarek gets arrested and is threatened with deportation, Walter tries his best to keep him in the country.
The Visitors attempts to be a very big and important and deep film – and fails. What remains is boring and riddled with ridiculous symbolism.