Avengers: Infinity War Review – A Perfectly Aligned Gauntlet Of Fun, Dread and Emotion

Avengers: Infinity War Film Review

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As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too significant for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige changed the industry ten years ago, with John Favreau’s Iron Man (2008) showing that superheroes could be more magnificent together combined in one set universe. Stomping on the idea of restricted move franchises, which disallowed for creative situations between iconic comic characters. Aided by directors embracing visions; and allowing for childhood fantasies to co-exist in an every growing franchise of super-powered individuals. I fell in love with the idea along with others that a more personal movie-going experience could push the Marvel brand to new heights.

Robert Downey Jr’s performance in Iron Man (2008), melted everyone away with his cocky ego which combined with a solid script brought Tony Stark to life and laying the foundations for other strong personalities to form within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Captain America, Hulk and Thor all came along for the ride with solo projects, with each film connected.

Eventually, the superheroes met in the worldwide phenomenon Avengers (2012), forming a superhero group that would change the face of cinema forever with Marvel finally embracing teamwork in one big epic crossover event. Years have passed with 18-movies taking the limelight and turning the once laughed at idea into 13 billion dollars of success. But what’s next for the Avengers? Their destiny awaits for a villain ten years in the making, Thanos who will test balance within Marvel Studios iconic universe. An impossible war is to be fought, but does it hit all the right areas and align the gems in the correct order? Here’s our review of Avengers: Infinity War.

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Marvel’s Destiny has been sealed with Avengers: Infinity War their most ambitious, shocking and entertaining film in the last ten years, concluding 18 films of build up in sublime style. It’s about fighting an impossible war that has infinite possibilities, with mad Thanos wanting to cleanse half of the universe for his twisted love for balance. It balances impending doom and emotional connections, with The Russo Brothers pulling out all the stops for audiences across our globe. It’s an intergalactic team-up about unlikely heroes which strikes the right balance, embracing each of these superheroes wacky personalities despite the dire situations.

Avengers: Infinity War picks up two years after the events of Civil War, with Avengers torn apart due to conflicting opinions on Sokovian Accords which threatened their entire being. Meanwhile, the mad titan Thanos makes his grand entrance on Earth, to collect the Infinity Stones for his gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality at his will. It’s up to both Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to defend earth one last time, with the aid of their lightest heroes. Aligning the entire cosmos including the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him before his onslaught of destruction ends half of their universe.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr. and his team of super people, must head charge in defending the entire galaxy. Before the mad Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his children take out half the population with a single snap of his fingers. But can how can you win an impossible war? That’s the question which is addressed continuously in the two-hour run-time. All working together with one of the tensest, frightening and entraining thrill rides in franchise history: celebrating everything that made Avengers a blast all those years ago with added twists.

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (both no strangers to writing Marvel Studio projects), Avengers: Infinity War combines various elements from the MCU, including the heist elements of Ant-Man, the team-up aspects from The Avengers and drama seen in the recent Thor/Black Panther movies for one robust 2-hour package. Bringing together solid cast members and one of the most threatening, insane villains in Marvel Studios rich history, who abuses each Avengers weakness to impress his twisted desires. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is given a lot more depth than a typical Marvel villain, with the mad titan treated as the main protagonist instead of a mindless bad guy. Allowing for the most personal threat our Avengers have ever faced, giving for some emotional battles which are amongst the best in recent memory.

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) visions in Avengers: Age of Ultron have now paid off, with the impending doom Thanos arriving at his doorstep. It’s up to his crew to work together and defeat an unbeatable threat with the aid of teamwork. Robert Downey Jr. delivers his best performance in years, combining his trademark sarcastic persona with a grounded take on the character in his darkest hour. Joe and Antony Russo do an excellent job in embracing the broken man who is in trapped in a terrible situation knowing the outcome of his crew’s faith. I loved his growth within the MCU, making each moment with the evil Thanos have a certain level of emotional pull.

Avengers: Infinity War also sees the return of Captain America (Chris Evans) who has been under the radar since events of Civil War, and has been running missions with his close friends Black Widow and Falcon. He is unaware of the threat at first but agrees to help out Tony Stark and his Avengers by traveling to Wakanda which grants him a new shield. Taking charge of protecting civilians, Steve Rodgers reunites with his best friend Bucky and helps the team tactically defend Wakadans before Thanos arrives in the city. Chris Evans gives another brilliant performance with his wise and patriotic stance working in favor of his Avengers. I adored his tremendous and comedic interactions between Tony Stark, which strikes the right tonal balance after their bout in Civil War.

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The Mad Titan is a complex villain, who strives for order in the midst of chaos and is driven by ideas of a balanced universe at his control. Thanos without doubt one of the most interesting villains in decades, which is aided by the fantastic performance of Josh Brolin and outstanding script choices that push him on the upper echelon of superhero films. There is a sense of mystery in character, as his introduction sends shivers down spines. Embracing some of his iconic lines from comic book print, Thanos is a sight to behold in live-action as his fight between Avengers is personal. Action scenes with Thanos at the helm, are incredible using each aspect of his powerful infinity gauntlet and challenges audience with mesmerizing spectacle.

Avengers: Infinity War would not be an Avengers movie without a broad set of superheroes protecting the earth, and Joe/Antony Russo does not play. Celebrating ten years of franchise build up, by merging 30 unlikely allies into one groundbreaking two-hour chunk. Spider-Man, Black Panther and even *freaking* Guardians of the Galaxy all shine together, with each clashing personality, makes for some belly laughing banter. Making the audience feel connected, without padding us with needless explanations and set-up. I adored these moments mainly due to the fact interactions were so smartly written, harkening back to the old comic books of yesteryear.

With a stronger empathize on the villain Thanos, collaborations through groundbreaking action and incredibly well-paced storytelling. Antony and Joe Russo push everything that made the Marvel Cinematic Universe famous to its limits while developing one of the most threatening villains in recent memory. Despite an extended run-time, Infinity War stands tall amongst the best comic book films of all time. I have no idea how the ten years of development paid off so well, but I’m patiently awaiting the next episode!

Avengers: Infinity War manages to do the unthinkable, actually live up to the hype with a threatening villain and essential interactions. Its central message is about fighting for everything you stand for while understanding the loss which might occur along the way. Joe and Antony Russo deliver one of the most pulse-pounding events of the last decade. See this one in IMAX because it’s more than with the price.

Dir: Antony and Joe Russo; Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt

Infinity War hits cinemas worldwide, on Friday, April 27th, 2018.

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