Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
We’re a decade deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it seems as though our relationship with these movies are a bit on and off. You’ll get excited by one and then feel exhausted by another (even it was decent, like DOCTOR STRANGE and ANT-MAN).
To me, however, these movies work best when they are grounded in reality, or when it has a story with more on its mind than to simply present a plot with good vs. evil (see CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR or THE WINTER SOLDIER). Because, really, how many films have we seen with a giant spaceship falling from the sky? How many times have we’ve seen an alien army take to Earth to battle? How many times have we seen a mean looking baddie shout threatening dialogue like “I’m going to break you” and/or “you will kneel before me?”
On one hand, these movies have been leading up to this moment from the beginning. It was clear there would eventually be the ultimate battle of superheroes, ever since the first AVENGERS film gave us our first glimpse of the villain known as Thanos (a motion-captured performance by Josh Brolin, who will also be the antagonist in DEADPOOL 2). So we’ve been prepared. But aesthetically speaking, I thought AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR would look a little different than what we see in the below trailer.
There are plenty of wows, however, such as seeing Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the company of the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Co.), Thano’s glorious built-in goatee and Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) iron spider armor in action. But it also looks like more of the same. At this point in the franchise, I was hoping for a change of setting for our heroes to fight in. Why not set a battle in space or on another planet. (Then again, most of Marvel’s characters come from Earth. Still, throw us a curve ball.) Here’s to hoping that the devil is in the details.
Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR releases in theaters on May 4.