Rated: PG-13

Distributed By:

Disney

Directed by:

Anthony and Joe Russo

Starring:

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man; Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Mark Ruffalo as Hulk; Chris Evans as Captain America; Josh Brolin as Thanos; Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow; Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange; Tom Holland as Spider-Man; Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther; Chris Pratt as Star-Lord

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Avengers: Infinity War

by Adam Holz

Despite its PG-13 rating, younger kids may want to see Avengers: Infinity War because it’s about superheroes! However, this movie got its rating for a reason.

Superheroes from every Marvel movie show up for an epic showdown against Thanos. The fearsome villain plans to destroy half the universe. If he collects six Infinity Stones, he’ll possess godlike powers. It’s up to the Avengers (plus Spider-Man, plus Black Panther, plus the Guardians of the Galaxy) to stop him. That’s easier said than done, which leads to the movie’s heart-wrenching conclusion.

Infinity War lives up to its title, with numerous battle scenes. Limbs get lopped off. Characters are choked to death. Heroes and villains get stabbed, burned, shot, run over, bitten and killed. The body count is so high that I lost track of the corpses.

Like I wrote in Clubhouse, it’s no longer safe to assume that a superhero movie is meant for kids—even if you see a commercial for it on Disney Channel. This movie isn’t kids’ stuff. In addition to the violence, there are language issues and problematic themes.

If you and your parents choose to miss this movie, don’t worry... you won’t miss much, except a lot of death and pain.

“Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” —Galatians 6:9

Movies often pit a hero against impossible odds. Just think about Frodo, Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter. The end of Avengers: Infinity War certainly feels hopeless—but there’s more to come.

We know that the good guys are probably going to win, no matter how bad things look. But what about us? Sometimes, our battles can seem impossible: a bully at school, a difficult class, a major illness or a family struggle. Because of Jesus’ victory on the cross, we know the story is going to turn out for the best. That gives us the courage to be strong. We may even become a hero ourselves to someone who desperately needs one!

As for the heroes in this movie, we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the Avengers sequel, which will probably come out next year.

Your parents can read Plugged In’s full review of Avengers: Infinity War here.
Also, check out our family guide for Avengers: Infinity War, an in-depth discussion of the movie’s difficult themes.

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