In the last ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reinvigorated comic book movies and taken them to new heights, while succeeding with a winning formula that now everyone tries to forcefully imitate.
And now, a decade in the making, it comes down to their most ambitious film yet – Avengers: Infinity War. The hype for this has been off the charts, easily surpassing the first two, and since its release, it has got fans talking like nothing else. But the question is: does it live up to the expectations like Avengers Assemble, or disappoint as Age Of Ultron did?
Naturally, it is a fan service bonanza as virtually every notable character in the universe, bar a couple of exceptions, makes an appearance, with even a surprise or two thrown in, and overall the chemistry is pretty on point and it is enjoyable to see this wide variety of different personalities clash and work off one another.
What’s impressive is how co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo are able to give a decent amount of screen time to most of these characters, with the several story arcs being mostly balanced well, although admittedly it can be a little cluttered in places.
The acting is strong on the whole, ranging from solid to fantastic, with the two stand outs being Zoe Saldana as Gamora, whose finally gets to showcase her talents that weren’t fully utilised in the two Guardians flicks and forge a connection with the viewers, and Josh Brolin in an incredible show-stealing performance as Thanos.
One issue of the MCU is that most of the villains don’t leave a lasting impact, but Thanos is on an entirely different level, being not only a legitimately scary threat, but also complex and featuring a lot of depth that contributes to easily the best storytelling in all of the film.
As expected, there is a mixture of action-packed fun and humour, but it goes deeper than that. Unlike any installment prior, there is a constant sense of foreboding apprehension that adds to the tension, plus the emotions run high and we get some genuine shocking moments, none more striking than what is a jaw-dropping ending that leaves the film hanging on a provoking note, but the less said about that, the better.
A couple of other minimal flaws include an inconsistent tone, which stems from having to go back and forth between multiple ongoing plot lines, and some awkward CGI that can stick out like a sore thumb in a few spots.
While not the tightest of movies by any stretch, Infinity War does deliver on its ambitious promises and gives us an experience both entertaining and mature, with a bunch of memorable characters and a story that has viewers excited, laughing and emotionally invested throughout the entire lengthy duration.
Now begins the arduous year long wait for the next Avengers mix and mash…