Parents' Guide to

Avengers: Infinity War

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intense violence, strong messages in shocking Marvel epic.

Movie PG-13 2018 156 minutes
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age 12+

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age 10+

Avengers: Infinity War

This movie brings together all your favourite heroes (and villains) to battle against the mad titan Thanos. It is part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) so don't watch it if you haven't seen any of the other films. If you have seen the other films (whether you've watched them in release order or chronologically) this is the big one you've been waiting for. Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man meets Doctor Strange and some of the other Avengers battle it out in Wakanda. I don't want to spoil the film too much but the ending will shock you (so be prepared for a big surprise) and this is one of, if not the strongest, entries in the MCU so far (and I am writing this in mid 2021). You should also definitely check out the trailer online (it'll get you hyped for sure). If you're looking for a parents guide, here's what I think: Language: The normal for a Marvel film, around the same as Captain America: Civil War (mostly sh*t, son of a b**ch, a**hole, d*ckhole). No F bombs. Violence: This film is allot more intense than what you might expect and their are allot of action sequences right from the beginning. Their is a large focus on death, loss, grief and mass murder. Their are 2 major sacrifices made which are brutal but are justified as "necessary". But the violence is average for a Marvel movie, there is just more of it. Sex: There is kissing but absolutely no sex or nudity is implied. There are relationships between humans and androids and aliens (Wanda and Vision and Star Lord and Gamora). One of the aspects of the film is saving the people we love or care about the most. There are great role models (The Avengers) but convincing villains, making the difference between good and bad a bit blurry. All in all, I think anyone older than 10 could easily handle it.
age 12+

A historic piece of film history

This is an absolute epic, it's like a comic book on the big screen. This is one of those movies that only come around once in a lifetime, it's such a rare occurrence that a movie this monumental, paramount, and ambitious is released. I'd say it's an absolute must-see for any fans of superheroes, comic books, and Marvel, it has great action, comedy, drama, and high stakes for our heroes. It can at times be pretty dark but nothing that I wouldn't take my kids to see.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This is the most intense, complex, and stirring Marvel Cinematic Universe film yet -- though the sheer number of characters and storylines make it a bit confusing for anyone who's not a hard-core fan. Avengers: Infinity War is also the grimmest MCU movie so far, with consequences unlike any that have come before in this massive franchise. Much of the talk about the film will center on those events (no more details here, to avoid spoilers), but there's more to it than that. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were already responsible for two of the best MCU entries to date, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. With Avengers: Infinity War, they continue to respect viewers' intelligence while giving their characters deep motivations and presenting knockout action scenes. It's as lean as epics get; none of its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time feels wasted. While the many characters and intersecting plots may confuse casual viewers -- the filmmakers assume audiences are familiar with all that's come before -- for fans, it's one mind-blowing moment after another, starting with a jaw-dropping fight in the first minutes. Plus, Infinity War is also one of the funniest MCU movies yet, relying on character-based humor rather than some of the wacky flights of fancy of, say, the also excellent Thor: Ragnarok.

The performances benefit from the strong script, no-nonsense direction, and the growth the actors have experienced in their roles over many years. It's fun to watch two of the MCU's biggest egomaniacs, Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange, bump up against each other -- and then for Pratt's off-kilter Star-Lord to crash into the mix. Relationships are deepened, and it's a huge relief to see the Avengers working together again after the events of Civil War. Thanos, as voiced by Brolin and brilliantly animated by the VFX team, is perhaps the most frightening villain ever in a comic book film (including Heath Ledger's iconic Joker in The Dark Knight) -- largely because he's so thoroughly convinced that he's actually a good guy who's willing to make hard choices and impossible sacrifices in the universe's best interests. Without spoiling anything, the film's dire consequences feel almost Game of Thrones-like, with well-known characters defeated as never before. Some kids will likely be upset by that. But keep in mind that this is a comic book world (so things aren't always what they seem), and -- in the meantime -- appreciate the fact that the overall effect gives Infinity War the highest stakes and biggest wow factor of the MCU so far.

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