Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Review

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Movie Review

After ten years of set-up and an endless stream of anticipation, Thanos finally arrives in 'Avengers: Infinity War' but was it worth the wait?

Director – The Russo Brothers

Release Date – April 26, 2018

Cast – Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Sebastian Stan, Pom Klementieff, Tom Hiddleston, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Letitia Wright and Don Cheadle.

Synopsis: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artefacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

Watch The Trailer For Avengers: Infinity War


What Worked?

Arguably the best aspect of Avengers: Infinity War is its many, many characters and surprisingly, The Russo Brothers have done an incredible job of taking different elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and bringing them together. Some of the most exciting moments in Avengers: Infinity War were ones where different characters, who had never met before, were interacting and clashing for the first time. While some would argue that Avengers: Infinity War has too many characters to balance, The Russo Brothers do a great job of splitting the heroes up into smaller teams, each which benefit the individual characters, and sending them on different missions. Every character (even the villains) gets a moment to shine, and between the huge action sequences and impressive visual work, we get a surprisingly large amount of scenes that develop the characters. It’s also exciting to see that The Russo Brothers took a risk and were willing to give lesser known Marvel characters a piece of the spotlight. Avengers: Infinity War spends a lot of time with supporting members of The Avengers, and some of the best performances and character arcs in the movie come from surprising places.

Avengers: Infinity War
Image via Marvel Studios

Of course, I can’t talk about the characters in Avengers: Infinity War without discussing the villainous Thanos (Josh Brolin). Since it’s birth with Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always put the central focus on its heroes, which ultimately resulted in a stream of disappointing and underutilised villains. With Thanos, Marvel finally turns its focus towards the villain and the outcome is remarkable. Thanos is absolutely the main character in Avengers: Infinity War, and although the film jumps between different groups of characters, this is undoubtedly Thanos’ story. For the first time, we get to spend the majority of a movie with the villain, which gives Thanos an opportunity to develop as an exciting and compelling character. As for the performance, Josh Brolin does a phenomenal job of bringing Thanos to life and making him feel like a genuine threat throughout the movie. There is never a moment in Avengers: Infinity War that a character feels safe because even when he’s not on screen, Thanos‘ terrifying presence looms over the entire movie.

The most surprising element of Avengers: Infinity War is its darker and more serious tone. Over the years Marvel has built a reputation for delivering feel good and light-hearted movies, but with Avengers: Infinity War, screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, along with The Russo Brothers have taken the first steps towards darker storytelling within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also exciting to see how the different styles work together and somehow, the various tones blend together perfectly. Obviously, Iron Man and Spider-Man have a completely different tone compared to the Guardians of the Galaxy, so it was exciting to see how Marvel and the Russo’s combined those tones to create something fresh and new. Avengers: Infinity War never feels like a Frankenstein’s monster of different tones, in fact, the switching of styles only helps to make the characters in Avengers: Infinity War feel more authentic. When the Guardians of the Galaxy are on screen, the film feels like a Guardians of the Galaxy movie and believe it or not, that’s the case for every single hero in this movie.

Avengers: Infinity War
Image via Marvel Studios

Walking into the cinema, the one thing I expected from Avengers: Infinity War was plenty of action, and the film didn’t disappoint. With the previous two Captain America movies, The Russo Brothers showed that they have an excellent eye for action and somehow, they’ve managed to step up their game with Avengers: Infinity War. From large-scale battles to more intimate close-quarter fights, this film is loaded with some of the most epic and enjoyable fight scenes in recent memory. One of my biggest issues with Avengers: Age Of Ultron is that the third act of the movie becomes a gigantic CGI mess and the characters are only fighting because it looks cool in the cinema. With Avengers: Infinity War, the action has been constructed in a way that both looks incredible and makes sense for the characters. We know why the characters are fighting and it never feels like an action scene has been formed to extend the films screentime. It’s also worth noting that every fight and every punch feels infinitely more impactful because a significant character could die at any moment.

The score, which was composed by Alan Silvestri, is a fantastic companion to the storytelling and epic visuals on display in Avengers: Infinity War. This is arguably one of the most epic films of all-time, and Silvestri’s score reflects that with some truly powerful and emotional themes. It’s also great to see that Silvestri hasn’t ignored other works in the franchise and frequently makes use of different character scores, such as the Black Panther theme from Ryan Coogler’s movie. By combining some familiar music with a number of original themes, Silvestri has created the most memorable score in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avengers: Infinity War
Image via Marvel Studios

What Didn’t Work?

The only negative critique I can think of for Avengers: Infinity War is microscopic and could even be considered a nitpick, however, it’s something that I thought was important to mention in this review. If you haven’t been a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the past, and haven’t seen any/all of the previous 18 movies, certain aspects of Avengers: Infinity War will be confusing. At various points throughout the film, different storylines and character relationships may be difficult to follow. With that said, I do believe a non-fan can have fun with Avengers: Infinity War, but if you haven’t done the groundwork and watched any of the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, don’t expect to fully understand Avengers: Infinity War.

Overall

Avengers: Infinity War manages to live up to ten years worth of hype, perfectly balancing an unprecedented number of characters, while having the audacity to introduce and develop an entirely new villain. Marvel Studios, along with The Russo Brothers have delivered a cinematic thrill ride with real stakes for the characters, a brilliant villain and some top-notch action. Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most exhilarating, emotional and satisfying cinema experiences of all-time and I can guarantee that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be left disappointed.

★★★★★


Believe it or not, I want to hear what you thought of Avengers: Infinity War. So, make sure you let me know in the comments section below and let’s try and keep things spoiler-free.

 

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