Reviews: the Avengers assemble for Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War,
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman
The third Avengers film takes up directly after the events at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, as Thanos finally makes his actions clear. As the battle rages away from Earth it’s not long before the Earth-bound Marvel Heroes are dragged into the fight. Joining the Avengers are The Guardians of the Galaxy as we travel around worlds following Thanos and our heroes to collect the Infinity Stones.
This is going to be a non-spoiler review. I don’t like spoilers, I think they are destroying the movies, and don’t like people that believe they are great (especially when they share them online where others see them before the film). Since Iron Man ten years ago the thought of one of the biggest baddies of the Marvel Universe coming to our screen has been teased, and the build up to him actually getting fighting screen time has finally delivered.
Bringing together this many heroes from the different movies of Marvel into one giant adventure needed to be done over two movies. Avengers: Infinity War is over two and a half hours long, and I think nearly close to the running time of Justice League, but I could have sat there for another three hours with that quality of writing, direction, and performances and not have been bored at all. Not bashing Justice League, but I was done after an hour and a half. It’s hard to not make comparisons between the two, but if Warner/DC want to create the same sort of ensemble piece, they have to wake up.
What I loved here, and I use the term loved with a hand on my heart, is that the villain is explored rather more in-depth than is the case in most other superhero or action movies. We get to see the motivation behind Thanos and his quest for the stones. Developing that character was not an easy task for the screenwriters, and Josh Brolin brings a sadness to him that we normally don’t see in superhero movies. He’s also a total bruiser when it comes to fighting and not afraid to step up. He and his hench-aliens are going through the different locations that the stones have shown up to and are collecting them to be placed in the Infinity Gauntlet. On Earth that means that Doctor Strange and The Vision are the prime targets.
I’m constantly thinking about downsides to the movie and I can’t find them; maybe I’m looking at the film through rose coloured glasses, I don’t know. Those heroes that aren’t involved at this stage are explained away to the point that it makes sense and you know you’re going to probably see them in the next adventure. Some films that have the scale of this movie normally don’t get to do much character development outside the main stars, but Avengers Infinity War manages to give each of the established characters a little more to understand this new threat level.
As The Guardians of the Galaxy get more involved and those heroes that were outlawed in Civil War travel to Wakanda I found myself questioning my love of my all time superhero movie favourite, Superman 2. I think Infinity War has become the all time favourite superhero movie in my life, and for a lifelong DC fan that is a hard thing to admit. The final battle scenes ramp up and I found myself getting teary eyed as characters fall in battle, and even found myself sympathetic to Thanos. He’s not your average villain and it’s amazing to feel for him; it doesn’t mean you will root for him, but you will understand him more.
The CGI of the film is top notch as you’d expect and the character design and updated armour and outfits look as though a lot of thought went into the look of the film. Mixing the different worlds and locations of the Marvel movies was no easy task but the Russo Brothers know what they are doing. You will laugh, cry, and clench your fists in the excitement of the action sequences. The film has so much heart that your normal summer blockbuster lacks that it just makes you want more and more. Remember that this is merely half the story, and the next year or so waiting to see how it all wraps up, well that’s just going to be plain old torture. Don’t miss your chance to watch this film on the biggest screen in your area.