So, if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading. You have been warned.
I did not like this movie at all. Marvel’s got great characters, quips, jokes, actions — and once again the plot is stupid. To stop Thanos of course they try to kill Thanos, who wears a special glove that will channel the power of the infinity stones and give him power to kill in “a snap of his fingers” half of all life.
Clearly all you need to do is cut off his arm.
Remember, my friends, the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Remember the episode (season 3, episode 7) where a new watcher comes to train Faith and at first everyone thinks, wow this tough love lady may be just what Faith needs? Faith even begins to warm up to her — Faith who has not had love and friendship the way Buffy has had is covered in a shell of hardness and fear and anger. And once again she is betrayed: this watcher actually is an impostor and has her own agenda (for power), and she wants the powerful glove of something or other. So to save the day in the big fight scene, Buffy cuts her arm off, thus ending Ms. Post’s connection to the power of the glove and saving the day. It is a complicated and heartbreaking episode but one that stayed in my mind all these years.
So — Thor, Steve Rogers, any number of our superheros could have saved the day by just cutting off (or ripping off) Thanos’s arm. Thor restarted a sun (as I understood it) so of course he could have cut off Thanos’s arm.
I could be wrong — there was a lot of fast action so maybe I missed something.
I don’t like the horrific ending of this movie — in fact, I wish Marvel would give me my money back! This was not a fun time at the theater. There were a few tiny scenes here and there that I liked mostly early in the movie, and as many reviews say, if they had to make a movie with this many heroes then they did that. That happened as successfully as such a thing could happen. Not all the characters got to shine, but there were surprising beats for many of them.
But I don’t want a Marvel movie from the viewpoint of the villain!
I think we get the villain’s viewpoint in real life far too often these days.
A movie, like literature or other art, could be “the beautiful pain” — an inevitable tragedy, like Shakespeare. This isn’t that. We know perfectly well that most of the characters who died (if not everyone) will be back. The first death of Vision was beautiful, heroic, necessary, heartbreaking. “The beautiful pain” — I get that. But this movie is not tragedy and is not the beautiful heartbreak.
In a scene maybe halfway, Peter Quill’s team and Tony Stark’s team encounter each other and they don’t know they are on the same side. In the process of getting that sorted out, I think Tony says to Peter, “Who do you follow?”
Peter says, “What? Like Jesus?”
I wish I could see that scene again, and if anyone does watch this movie, take some notes there and let me know in the comments what you think. I think it was just supposed to be funny. I don’t think it worked and I don’t think it had a bigger meaning than a laugh. Seriously?
The ending of this movie could be interpreted as “a rapture” — which is bad theology and not actually biblical (in my faith tradition any way) and the point of that imagery baffles me. Every villain is doing good in their own eyes, perhaps. But eco-terrorism taken to such an extreme and faulty logic place? And there’s a fictional thing you hear sometimes, a burn-down-the-house-to-fix-it trope. That can work as a narrative, a type of “the beautiful pain”, but we know that is not what is going on here. There’s another movie coming! And anyway that “fix” for a problem only works when the “house” in question is full of the bad — memories, pain, suffering — and in this case many many many innocents were killed. The problem of suffering was not solved at all. Thanos “finally can rest” at the end because he has saved us all…. No. Nope. No. You don’t burn down your neighbor’s house so they can get a nice fresh start! No. Just no.
So — I’m posting this, I welcome thoughts and comments. I should watch different movies — maybe, clearly — I just find so many of these actors extremely good and the characters they play compelling and charming.
The stories we tell have power.