Seeing Avengers: Infinity War on opening night was nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster.
Along with hundreds of fellow fans at my sides for the night’s first showing of the Marvel blockbuster, you could hear every audible reaction as we all laughed, cheered, and gasped in awe.
But most of all, we grimaced in terror.
As I watched each dark and disturbing moment, the thought that kept repeating in my head was, “this is not for young children.”
(Warning, some vague spoilers past this point)
As many fans have long theorized, the Avengers don’t coast to victory in their highly-anticipated showdown with Thanos, a villain with sinister, universe-scathing intentions. Iron Man, Captain America and the Guardians of the Galaxy are brutally put to the test as Thanos and his legions of evil invade Earth with intent to destroy half of all life in existence.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, folks. The movie is littered with death, from the movie’s opening scene to it’s very last. Several characters that young children have spent years developing affection for suffer deranged fates. Not only do some heroes perish unexpectedly, they are tormented to their last breath.
I’m an adult, and I’m telling you, there were moments I cringed in my seat. Those moments were hard for me, a grown man, to watch.
Now imagine the six-year-old with a set of Avengers action figures, an Iron Man pillow, a Black Widow poster on the wall, and a Black Panther backpack go into the theater with giddy excitement, only to watch hero after hero be killed.
It happened on opening night. I watched as young kids who came to the theater dressed up as Captain America, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk left the theater crushed, heads hanging low, trying to make sense of what they had seen.
If we get into the semantics of it, the movie comes with the same PG-13 rating as almost every Marvel movie has. Infinity War has the same level of sci-fi action, violence, and adult humor as the Avengers movies before it.
However, the sheer amount of dramatic on-screen death should have parents of children eight and younger really think twice if their son or daughter can handle such a morbid two-and-a-half hours.
Don’t get me wrong, there are moments of delight that you will have young fans grinning from ear-to-ear, perhaps even jumping out of their seat. I just don’t think at night’s end, those are the moments they’ll remember.
If we could divulge into the specifics of the plot, it would be easier to illustrate my point as to why I wouldn’t want my young son or daughter to see this movie until they’re older, or at the very least, until it’s out on home media to watch in the comfort of our home.
Regardless, with overwhelming hype for what’s likely to be the highest-grossing film of 2018, take this one fan’s caution into advisement. Avengers: Infinity War isn’t for everyone.