Avengers: Infinity War
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Infinity War is finally here! This release in itself is a milestone in cinematic history alone! Ten years of universe building across 18 films. It's incredible to think back on the risk that Marvel first took in 2008 taking on essentially B-list heroes from their comic books to create the biggest franchise in the world on par with Star Wars. The ultimate confrontation with the mad titan Thanos has been built upon for so many years and it's with us to awe.
Infinity War is probably the most epic film I've seen since the Lord of the Rings franchise. IT IS HUGE on scale as it deserves to be. The plot takes place across the universe with almost 30 main characters and with big stakes!
The Russo Brothers pulled off an amazing job juggling so many characters and weaving together 10 years of storylines into one cohesive, entertaining story. This has never been done before and they should be commended. The movie is fast paced and driven by character interactions. At 2 hours and 40 minutes, I honestly felt it was half that run time. Even after watching it twice!
Probably the strongest aspect of the movie is the villain. Thanos is character that is given plenty of time for the audience to understand his motivation and threat.
Despite being pulled in so many directions, the movie is still able to present a few strong emotional moments. That is thanks to great story writing and editing.
I thoroughly enjoyed how one overarching theme in particular was explored throughout the : should you kill for the greater good? This further strengthened the film, especially since both sides of the war were faced with such a dilemma.
It seems like the biggest criticism against the movie is that it is unbalanced in terms of handling its characters. I think that is totally unfair as how could a movie with this many key characters ever pull something like that off? It'd have to 6 hours long! For what this movie is, I think it manages its character development very well. You have to remember that nothing like this has ever been done before.
The one key flaw that keeps coming back to me is the inconsistency around Thanos' powers and strengths. This is pretty inevitable when you're dealing with concepts like the infinity stones that control all existence including space and time. There will always be plot holes in such stories because they're not fully understood and anyone could tear theories to shreds.
All other flaws I considered to be minor in comparison to the strengths of the film.
This is one of the MCU's best films. A- from me.