Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)
10 years and 18 films later the time has come for Infinity War. Starring, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Brolin (Too many to name). Infinity War is the collection of all the heroes introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Your favorite heroes Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, Black Widow and Spider-Man to take on the looming threat of Thanos.
Best way to start this review is by talking about story, character, action/CG and overall ending grade (SPOILER FREE). Let's begin with the story, the plot of the film is very simple. Thanos is collecting the infinity stones and runs in to our heroes as he treks the universe in search of these stones. The introduction of each character(s) is built and built to feel like a huge moment when these heroes meet each other for the first time. Tony Stark meeting Doctor Strange is a clash of egos, Thor meeting the Guardians is definitely a clash of humor and macho ego. Tom Holland's Spider-Man is fun to watch in doses in this film and they return to his young millennial humor about time and age (fun joke in the film). Much of the plot can't be described without giving away spoilers but I will say this, the story flowed very well and made the time fly by quickly sitting in the theater. The task of not only introducing all these characters in a two and a half film but creating a coherent story behind each encounter and action is difficult but the Russo Brothers did just that. Not everyone got equal amounts of screen time but thats the risk you run with such a cast of characters.
Character, even talking about some characters is almost spoiling the film so I will tread lightly. Obviously Tony Stark has huge story arc, for much of the film we don't see anything out of the ordinary as far as Tony Stark's character is concerned. He still has his sarcastic wit and charm but as the film progresses he does become a more desperate when coming closer to Thanos. Gamora has a significant amount to do in this film, as established in the GOTG films and the trailers, Gamora is a 'daughter' of Thanos. Scarlet Witch also has a big role in the film, protecting Vision who has one of the infinity stones. A lot of her scenes are with Vision and the obvious relationship they've formed since Avengers: Age of Ultron. Lastly, Thanos is the big bad of this whole franchise but we finally get to see him in action in this movie. Brolin really does some of his best voiceover work with his portrayal as Thanos. Thanos is a much more complex character than we gave him credit for, his set up in the franchise alway's felt like an imposing force but in this film he is that and much more. We learn about him and his reasoning for needing the infinity stones. The Russo Brother's & Josh Brolin deserve a lot of praise for making this shadowy figure in the past few years into a full fledged character with motivations to his actions. If you're surprised that I left out a lot of other big names from the film, don't be. Those character's themselves have their own arcs in this film I would rather not spoil for everyone. All these characters are so connected now, that mentioning any little detail about them and their role in the film could spoil the story. I chose the 4 above because of past film references and their use in the trailers for the marketing of this film. Like any well planned MARVEL film, there are surprises. The CG in this film is top-notch, from planets to creatures, they all make you feel a part of this universe. The action in this film is gut-wrenching, intense, and heart pounding. They pull off one of the most memorable battle sequences since the airport hangar scene in Captain America: Civil War.
Overall, the film has it's small issues, pacing and character development. These can easily be answered away by not only the length of the film and the many characters but also the announcement of another Avengers film slated to come out next year. The story itself flowed very well and character's had their moment to shine. The action in this movie is great and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Music & Score are used well for the appropriate times and this film is enjoyable but also very mature to previous installments.
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