He’s been teased in the post credits scenes, slandered by his quarreling daughters and feared by the galaxy for years. Now it’s finally time for Thanos to take centre stage and wreak havoc on all of our favourite (Hawkeye?) superheros! ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sees the careful work of a dedicated, creative and ambitious studio over a decade come to fruition in a most special way. Tasked with bringing this superhero extravaganza to the big screen are the Russo brothers, Anthony & Joseph, returning after their two critically acclaimed ‘Captain America’ films. With Thanos launching his full assault in order to obtain all six infinity stones the scattered Avengers must quickly put past differences aside in order to protect the universe!
The stakes have never been higher. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ makes the spectacle of its predecessors seem minuscule in comparison. No character is safe, you’ll feel constant fear for their well being in every single moment. Of course there is a huge array of characters present in this film, too many to name. As a result the film does feel somewhat disjointed in the beginning. It jumps from group to group as we witness how each character is drawn into or seeks out the offensive against Thanos. This episodic feel to the first section of the movie prevents it from fully gaining momentum but as the film progresses this foundational storytelling pays off in often spectacular ways. There is a serious amount of content in this film too and despite it’s two and a half hour running time a lot of the action takes place off screen. The film has already been split into two parts but there was definite scope for breaking it up even more. This is the first time we see Thanos properly in action, played brilliantly by Josh Brolin, and as entertaining as that is it might of been an idea to introduce him further in previous installments. There’s just so many important moments with him, and other characters, which maybe don’t get to play out in their entirety. However The Russo Brothers do a fantastic job of including so much within the running time.
They deal with the enormous cast and range of characters admirably. Every single character present gets a moment to shine. This does somewhat come at a price though, characters we’re used to driving the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films forward receive more of a supporting role status, equal to the rest of the cast, and might leave audiences wanting more – but hey I suppose that’s what part two is for! As per usual the character interactions are fantastic. Many of the well established characters the MCU have been developing for the last ten years have never actually met and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ gives us some truly wonderful internal introductions. Much of the films comedy comes from these interactions, Thor’s meeting of the Guardians proving a particular highlight. It’s a skill that shouldn’t go unnoticed just how well the tone is balanced here. The film is without a doubt the most narratively serious entry in the MCU to date, but it’s also one of the most naturally funny. Albeit its laughs feature mainly in the first half of the film but it’s this humour which makes the more scattered storytelling endlessly watchable. Furthermore the level of emotion crafted here is fantastic with several moments set to cause distress among fans, I know that several had that effect on me.
Like the majority of the films in the MCU I suspect that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will only improve with rewatches and it’s a film that I think really requires one. There’s so much to take in, appreicate and enjoy that I don’t think it’s possible to fully experience it on your initial viewing. The Russo Brothers have achieved a spectacular feat in bringing this story to the screen. The careful allocation of screen time for each character combined with the authentic humour, raw emotion, fruition of storylines ten years in the making and the impressive blockbuster action make ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ a rare cinematic spectacle that’s unachievable by the majority of any other films produced today.
Written by Hamish Calvert
Rating – 8/10
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