An infinite heroic thrills: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) film review

Nobody should doubt the MCU’s ability to create a stunning blockbuster, and Avengers: Infinity War is yet another testament to the MCU’s stronghold over comic book adaptations. Below is a spoiler-free review.Avengers_Infinity_war_posterAvengers: Infinity War is directed by the Russo brothers and stars everybody. Literally everyone comes together in an attempt to stop Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones, which when united, can bring about mass destruction to the universe, including genocide.

I can’t proceed with the review without first acknowledging the incredible feat of gathering all of the MCU’s superheroes into one cohesive movie. With all the individual feature films of every superhero group (especially those in completely different worlds altogether), it is unfathomable to imagine how they would all come together. But they did. And it was undeniably impressive. giphy2The film was extremely smart in pairing characters together that made sense. While characters are often brought together and pulled apart again, none of the groupings felt contrived in any way. There was plenty of humour and sentiment rolled up in each various groupings, making it really enjoyable to witness how these vastly different characters interact with each other for the first time/again. Just imagine grouping all the snarky, potty mouths together – think of the amount of wit and sarcasm you can get! Pair a mentor with his newbie, and now you explore yet another dynamic of mentorship and even kinship. And you can see how these characters grow to respect each other by the end of the film despite their differences.

Speaking of humour, man is Avengers: Infinity War funny. So many unforgettable jokes that really are characteristic of a fun Marvel film. In particular, Thor is clearly riding on the high of Thor: Raganok because what a standout performance by Chris Hemsworth. In a film with a million superheroes, Thor is by far the brightest star. In a film where all the actors brought their A-game, Chris Hemsworth delivered a downright hilarious and heartfelt performance that shone through the pack. giphy1Another noteworthy performance – a reel- and real-life presence not to be ignored – is Josh Brolin, who gave such a nuanced portrayal of Thanos. Showing “mercy” is a key belief that drives Thanos, and you can see how this affects his decisions/actions towards certain characters. This is not a villain who does not want to destroy the world simply because he feels like it. Nor is this a villain who kills senselessly. This is a villain with a vision for a better world and he believes that there is only one way to achieve this goal. And that is what’s so memorable about Thanos. He’s not a killing machine simply because. He is grounded by his own set of beliefs that he has no other choice but to kill. Coupled with the fact that he is so incredibly powerful, Thanos’s presence is so palpable that it strikes urgency throughout the film.

And that’s what makes Thanos a brilliant villain. He is not a cartoonish caricature. His backstory and his relationship with his family are all interesting dynamics that the film explores, shedding layer after layer off this untouchable force. The MCU certainly did good with this villain. giphyHowever, with such a huge ensemble cast, it’s natural that some characters are sidelined. I don’t doubt that fans of the latest Black Panther film might be disappointed by the portrayal of our Wakandan heroes – especially having the genius of Shuri be dulled so ostentatiously. Equally surprising is the film’s overemphasis on a certain group of misfits and de-emphasis on your usual suspects like Captain America and Black Widow. It’s not a huge gripe, but when you think of The Avengers, certainly the expectation would be for Captain America to lead the force. And that’s not what you’d find going into Avengers: Infinity War.

Nonetheless, Avengers: Infinity War was incredibly fun through and through. And if you enjoy seeing superheroes come together and kick some ass, this would definitely be a movie for you. I give Avengers: Infinity War a: B+.

What are your thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War? Which is your favourite MCU movie thus far?

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