Avengers: Infinity War Review – 10 Years Worth of Superhero Movies Paid Off (or Did It?)

Date

April 27, 2018

Yes, it did. Unless you’ve been living under the rock, you probably know that Avengers are the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers: Infinity War is (arguably) the most anticipated movie of all time. 10 years worth of superhero storytelling and nearly 20 movies have led to this big blockbuster movie. Is it any good, though? It is extremely difficult to pull off a movie like that, considering the amount of people involved and all the nuances of this serialized, interconnected movie universe. But yes, they totally knocked it out of the park. It is simply beyond me to even comprehend the effort that took the Russo Brothers to juggle all these characters in one movie. Also, it was pretty surprising to see Cap and Thanos have a kissing scene after Captain Marvel broke Iron man’s neck. Nah, I’m messing with you, but seriously – spoilers ahead! 

The writers and the directors devised a way to balance the massive cast by splitting all the heroes into groups and sent them into their own separate adventures, and the pairing is quite ingenious. For instance, Thor teamed up with Rocket and Groot and went to forge a new weapon for himself; Spider-Man, Iron Man and Dr. Strange went to space to fight Thanos and were later joined by remaining Guardians of the Galaxy, including Starlord, Drax, Mantis and Nebula, while the rest of the crew were facing the army of Thanos in Wakanda. One of the best aspects of this movie is how seamless the introductions for each character were. Not once was there a moment where it felt forced and that’s quite admirable (e.g. the cinema actually cheered when Captain America showed up). Throughout the movie I couldn’t help but compare Avengers: Infinity War to DC’s superhero ensemble movie and notice how good IW introduced each character.

Another important aspect to mention is character interactions, they were brilliant – the clashing egos of Tony Stark and Dr. Strange, the wackiness of Thor and the Guardians, Cap’s and Spidey’s sincerity and so on. While we’re at it, this version of Spider-Man has officially become the best Spider-Man of all time, Tom Holland brilliantly captured the spirit of Peter Parker and had some of the best scenes in the movie.  It’s worth adding that all of these characters have such great chemistry, because the audiences were actually invested into these characters for 10 years (and I can’t stress enough how impressive it is) and the Russos didn’t have to waste valuable screen time to develop characters as all of them have already been properly established in previous films.

If you’re wondering what the story was, wonder no more: Thanos (the big baddie that’s been teased since the first Avengers back in 2012) is all about balance in the universe. His goal is to use the Infinity Stones to wipe out 50% of the universe. In turn, Earth’s Mightiest heroes are trying to stop that from happening – thus, the movie. Marvel is known to have a villain problem, which isn’t wrong, but not entirely correct (I’m looking at you, Steppenwolf, Doomsday and Lex). Thanos turned out to be an extremely compelling villain that, in his heart of hearts, believes that what he’s doing is right. Despite all the quips (which, obviously, there are plenty of) this is definitely one of the darkest Marvel movies so far. At the same time, it’s very realistic and emotional, trust me, you are going to feel a lot of thing while watching Avengers: Infinity War. The movie ends with a truly ballsy cliffhanger that I wouldn’t spoil even in a spoiler review. I will spoil the post-credits scene though – as things are looking south for everybody, Nick Fury manages to send a distress call to Captain Marvel. Evidently, she is going to play a prominent role in the next Avengers movie. I will also spoil a surprise appearance of Red Skull, a character we haven’t seen since the First Avenger! Turns out, he’s become the guardian of the Soul Stone.

Each cast member did a fantastic job with their roles and brilliantly portrayed their characters. There is no point in dissecting the performances of each actor – everyone is that good, every single character had a moment to shine. The only gripe I had with the cast is that some of them didn’t have enough screen time. In particular, Elizabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Vision or even Cap, for that matter. In many ways, Infinity War was a Tony Stark-centric film and that’s fine. The Russo brothers have said that the ones who had less screen time in Avengers 3, will have more of it in Avengers 4, so I’m pretty sure it’ll balance out.

At the end of the day, it is an incredibly ambitious project, which manages to deliver a captivating story that moves at a breakneck speed without feeling rushed. It’s a fantastic movie that’s gonna make all the money and makes all of us look forward to the sequel. It gets a definitive score of “Boom!”. 

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