FILM REVIEW: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
BY GILBERTO CAMPA
During its first ten years the Marvel Cinematic Universe has provided fans all over the world with some of the most beautifully told stories about our favorite heroes, villains and supporting characters. That is all a credit to the president of Marvel Studios and the man who put all of these plans in motion back in 2007, Kevin Feige. Because of the smash hit both financially and critically that Iron Man was, eventually the introduction of other characters such as Thor and Captain America (my personal favorite) came along. About four phases later, we are finally here for the culmination of that plan in Avengers: Infinity War. If you have followed all of the movies like I have, then you will have a very good time watching this event comic come to life as there are quite a few surprises and payoffs that occur. But at the same time the movie also does a good job of getting you up to speed with what some characters have been doing, so you don’t necessarily need to see everything. Getting to the actual movie it starts off very, very quick as The Russo Brothers, who crafted this tremendous movie, bring you right into the main conflict and starts you on a ride that does not end.
One theme to perfectly represent Infinity War it would be balance. This primary concept is the significant motivation that Thanos (the biggest of the bad) lives by in the film. Balance can also be looked at as the most impressive part about the making of this movie and in many ways the most important. Christopher Marcus and Stephen Mcfeely who wrote the movie had to give enough time to every character in the film, especially Thanos since the movie really surrounds him and his hunt for the Infinity Stones. And the Russo’s had to balance this entire movie together to make it work which is a feat that not many people can do and speaks to the talent that they have. None of the scenes felt rushed or even too long, it is all in a controlled pace and right when you are wondering how a character is doing the movie cuts away to another character to catch you up which. One thing that I would say is a requirement is seeing this movie in IMAX, due to the fact that the movie was filmed entirely with IMAX cameras that really added to the spectacle. It also makes you feel like you are completely in the world and the scenes that add to the movie going experience.
Sometimes in movies as big as this one, a few performances can be overshadowed or maybe not as good as others, but everyone brought their A game in Infinity War and it pays off tremendously regardless of screen time. Personal recognition should be given to Josh Brolin, Zoe Saldana, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Pratt and Tom Holland for some incredible performances. Overall this is a movie that I am very happy and satisfied with as I have waited a long time for it, and I will admit that during my first screening I shed quite a few tears in some key parts, and even on multiple viewings you still get hit emotionally. This is how important these characters are for me and I am very proud of the MCU, and I am sure I am not the only one who feels the same way.
Avengers: Infinity War was everything that I wanted and hoped for with great character moments, some of the best jokes in the MCU, massive stakes, one of the best villains done perfectly and overall a truly special time at the movies. If there was any doubt to how great the MCU is, then Infinity War is the physical representation of that greatness. Go and experience this event for yourself.