*WARNING* This article does not contain major spoilers, but may discuss plot points, details, and possible minor spoilers. If that is not cool with you, watch the movie and come back. Reader discretion is advised.
Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, and a whole bunch more. It is the (first half of the) much anticipated, epic conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. It focuses on a battle for the fate of the universe against Thanos, the mad titan who has been teased since the original Avengers’ post-credit scene.
Avengers: Infinity War had of lot of hype preceding it, going all the way back when it was first announced a few years ago. On top of that, there were high expectations for its box office success following the cultural phenomenon that was Black Panther. With that being said, the movie does live up to a lot of expectations.
Within the first 10 minutes, the movie immediately grasps your attention, and if you’re invested in these characters, it won’t let you go for a while. As far as I’m concerned, there are four distinct action set-pieces, one of them being the being my favorite of the last 3 years. With the massive amount of characters present in the film, balancing them would definitely be a challenge, and the film does hurt from this. There is a visible imbalance of the characters within the movie, but most of those who do get screen time, are used very well. This is especially true for Thanos, easily one of the top three MCU villains.
Infinity War brings us a well-developed villain who, despite a desire to kill half of the universe, has a believable motivation and a humanizing backstory. Thanos very clearly has the most amount of screen time, and for good reason, Josh Brolin is absolutely astonishing in this role, delivering a performance befitting an emotional mass murderer. He was by far the best part of the entire film.
To speak anecdotally, seeing this film in a packed theater is far superior of an experience than seeing it in a small theater, based off of crowd reactions. It’s amazing to see a crowd reacting (and even applauding) simply because of a spectacular or jaw-dropping moment in the film, but this true for nearly any other action/epic movie
The film comes in at a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes and there is a lot of movie to digest. Though I recommend seeing it a second time simply to admire the score and action, rather than being stuck in the tension of a first-viewing, it can be a drain based off of its length. I will clarify here, the first viewing will absolutely captivate an invested viewer, but a more casual fan might have more trouble sitting through the whole thing.
The Russo Brothers once again manage to show exactly why it is that they have the new keys to the Kingdom of Marvel, Mickey has done well with His selection. Managing to create a story that takes from its source material, echoes back to the films that precede it, incorporates numerous characters, and to do so while making nearly everyone feel like they have an important role is a feat in cinema history that will not be matched any time soon.
As a climax to a franchise that I have been invested in for 10 years, Avengers: Infinity War does not disappoint. It is action-packed and full of some solid character development, as well as Marvel’s trademark humor. The fans of the series finally get to see their favorite characters interact, and with one Vin, two Toms, and three Chrises, there are plenty of characters to follow on the journey.
AT THIS POINT, I AM GOING TO TALK A BIT ABOUT THE ENDING. I WILL NOT MENTION ANY SPECIFICS (NAMES, ETC) BUT WILL TALK OVERALL ABOUT THE CONCLUSION TO THE STORY
The ending, in which Thanos achieves his goal and eliminates half of the life in the universe came across as unbelievable. In no way did I think that they were going actually kill half of the MCU, but the Russo Brothers’ choice of who would actually be gone with the wind took me out of the experience. In other words, the characters who would end up vanishing were unbelievable to me, and I in no way believed any of them will actually stay gone, which immediately took any emotional impact out of the finale.
Ultimately, Avengers: Infinity War was a great film that didn’t disappoint. Ranking-wise, I place it in the middle of the Avengers trilogy. Some spotty CGI at times (especially with Iron Man) took me out of some of the action scenes that, otherwise, were very well put together. The usual MCU quips are ever so present, especially when Star-Lord, Spider-Man, and Iron Man find themselves on the screen together. Throw in a compelling villain, then you have yourself an excellent movie. While the ending never had the same emotional impact for me as a lot of other people, I am still curious to see where the MCU goes from here; past the adventures of Ant-Man in his next outing and Miss Marvel in 2019’s Captain Marvel.