It’s been 10 years since Marvel launched their first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, 18 movies later we have gone on mesmerizing journeys and frontiers beyond our imagination. From being introduced to our genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist, our giant green monster, Gods, space pirates, friendly neighbor arachnid friend, spies, Kings, mutants (even though we don’t use that word in the MCU) or just our good old American soldier trying to do right in the world, Marvel has had the 10 year luxury of setting up a universe where we the audience have built an emotional connection with all our on screen characters. After much success to say the least, it is finally time for our main event. Avengers: Infinity War is a no holds bar, unapologetic, fun roller-coaster ride, which from the very beginning grabs you and doesn’t let go until the credits roll.
So as much as I would love to recap the last decade of Marvel films for you guys, I really wouldn’t be writing a review it’ll be more of a book. With that being said, if you guys have not caught up on your Marvel cinematic experience I suggest you do so before watching this film. The plot is a fairly simple one. The main antagonist Thanos is doing whatever it takes to get his hands on all six of the Infinity Stones so he can have the power to destroy half of the life forms in the universe with a snap of his fingers. The film divides our heroes into particular groups all with the same mission: to stop Thanos from getting all the stones, two of which our heroes have. One of the many things I loved that the Russo brothers did was the pairings. The way the characters were divided and partnered worked so well from the humor, chemistry and even the films pacing. These pairings make for a very diverse and exciting character dynamic. Despite the film bouncing from location to location whether we stay on earth or jump into space I felt like the film was incredibly well balanced. Some of the pairings that were standouts from me were Thor, Rocket & Groot. Between Thor’s arrogance bouncing off Rocket & Groot’s cynical sarcastic humor, this pairing was one that had me laughing throughout the film. Tony Stark’s and Peter Parker’s father/son dynamic was another noteworthy pairing. Strange & Starks paring was really balanced perfectly because of their similar but also different personalities. The Guardians of the Galaxy were probably the ones that had the most range and were probably my favorite addition to the film. What made the Guardians stand out to me was that we automatically expect humor when they are on the screen but their arc as much as it was humorous it also had emotion and heartbreak. Where Infinity War succeeds is that it extracts what the MCU has been building for the past 10 years. We have grown attached to these characters and this film takes a lot of risks; we have quite a few heart-wrenching moments where our characters have to make difficult decisions. Vision and Scarlet witch really shine in this aspect as they have some of the best moments on screen.
Now as much as I have gloated about our heroes let’s not be mistaken, the movie is called Avengers: Infinity War but this is Thanos’ film. Josh Brolin is absolutely incredible as the mad titan. When it comes to villains marvel has had more misses than hits. However, as of late they have really been hitting them out of the park. Hela from last year’s Thor: Ragnarok was fantastic despite her little screen time. Michael B. Jordan’s Eric Killmonger climbed all the way to the top for my favorite MCU baddie dethroning Tom Hiddleston’s God of mischief Loki. There was a reason why we waited so long to finally see Thanos in the big screen and it’s simply because they were saving the best for last. Thanos in my opinion was very well rounded, and his motives and reasoning make him a believable villain for whom we feel some sympathy for. Maybe we can’t empathize with his reasoning for wanting to wipe out half of the world, but we can at least understand his perspective and believe his pain when he makes sacrifices to achieve his goal. Thanos delivering a gut punch right from the start of the film sets the tone perfectly that no one is safe in this film.
In all honesty I had very little gripe with the film, one of my issues I cannot mention because we will be walking into spoiler territory. The other is that some of our characters got benched for this film. Sure, they had moments to shine, but there were some major players that after the film was over I couldn’t remember what they did. This is in no way shape or form taking a shot at the directors since I feel the Russo brother’s achieved the impossible with directing this film. Even with a run-time of 2 hours and 40 mins (which I did not feel because this movie is so entertaining), they couldn’t put everyone in the spotlight. The CGI on Thanos is flawless, some of the best I have ever seen on screen, I thought I was going to have an issue staring at a CGI villain for two and a half hours mostly because that’s been my complaint with certain superhero films as of late. The title credits hadn’t even appeared and I was already forgiving with the CGI. The 8 year old me lost his mind because I would of never believed in a million years that I would see what I saw that night on the silver screen. The Russo brothers made two relatively grounded marvel films, and give us the first half of this amazing epic.
Infinity War may not be the best marvel film, but it is one hell of an addition to the MCU. The Russo brothers, made a carefully crafted, and intricate story that is engaging. It offers emotion, spectacular battle sequences and amazing special effects. The dark and mournful tones of many of the film’s best scenes are infused by some well delivered laughs. The final act of Infinity War will leave audiences with their jaws on the floor. This film does not forget that this is indeed a war film, with fear and loss always present.