This is it! Ten years of movies have lead to THANOS! Does Marvel’s ambitious team up hit the mark? Find out now!
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Anthony Mackie
Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo
Ten years. Ten years of movies, characters, box office records, and building a world unlike anything that has even been seen in Hollywood has finally come to this: Avengers: Infinity War. The hype surrounding this film is certainly palpable, to the point where you wouldn’t be out of line to make the claim that there’s no way this movie could possibly live up to the hype.
But in a lot of ways it does.
Truth be told, Infinity War is a tall order for any director to handle, but the duo of Joe and Anthony Russo have crafted a movie that’s thrilling, hilarious, and the biggest emotional gut punch of any of the Marvel films. Cramming the Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther into one film could’ve been a recipe for disaster, but surprisingly (and happily), the Russo Brothers are able to juggle the many characters and set pieces into a film that barely feels like it’s two and half hours long.
That’s mainly because every one of those characters has had at least one film to set up their world and characters, and in that regard, some people may be confused if they haven’t seen enough of the MCU films.The biggest strength and biggest weakness of Infinity War is the movie’s reliance on the previous Marvel films, but if you’ve been following them all (or even the major ones), you’ll hit every major beat and feel every emotional moment that you’re supposed to. Marvel Studios has perfectly adapted the feeling of reading one of their big “event crossovers” that I read every time they come out, and that means that you get all of the good (characters interacting that you never thought you’d see interacting), and also some of the bad that comes from it (not everyone gets a major piece of the action). But Infinity War is the awesome event movie that needs to be seen in theaters, preferably with a packed house.
Every major character gets at least one moment to shine, but the real draw is Thanos, who’s played with more gusto than I was expecting from Josh Brolin. Giving him a surprising sense of pathos and drive, while also honoring the legacy of the character from the comics, Thanos is a compelling presence on the screen, which is even more surprising when you remember that he’s a CGI creation, one that looks even better than what we’ve seen in trailers and TV spots. Everyone complains about the “Villain Problem” that has plagued many Marvel films, but that’s not the case here, as Thanos is easily in the upper tiers of Marvel bad guys, joining the ranks of Loki and Kilmonger. After years of building him up, he’s a legitimate villain and the stakes are extremely high, so much so that you forget that Marvel will only stop cranking out these movies once they’re no longer profitable.
Look, it’s extremely hard to write this review without spoiling anything. In fact, it’s taking everything in my power not to scream about the many, MANY surprises that await you when the movie starts. When I got home, I had to sit down and unwind with a beer before I started to write this. Infinity War is that big, and contains that many jaw dropping surprises. And while it’s certainly not perfect, with a second act that’s a little on the slow side (the movie does need to cover a LOT of ground), once the big battle in Wakanda starts the movie does not let up, and it leaves you with a cliffhanger that’s easily the ballsiest thing Marvel Studios has ever done (don’t worry, Avengers 4 is coming next year). It’s hard to compare this entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to anything else they’ve put out, simply because there’s nothing like it, and arguably will never be anything like it again. If this was the end result of the MCU experiment, than it was a rousing success. In every sense of the word, Infinity War is epic.
Now go see it so I can do another spoiler filled review.