Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War – A Sensational Spectacle of Superheroism
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Being the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War stands out as a magnificent superhero film for a variety of reasons. The movie built up on the previous Avengers and individual instalments including Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman: Homecoming, Doctor Strange and Black Panther, offers a solid narrative for Marvel fans. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have taken up the gargantuan task of bringing up all the Marvel lead characters and pack them in movie with a run time of close to three hours.
Thanos (Josh Brolin), who made his appearance in the end credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron makes a powerful impact of the things to come and establishes his monstrosity as he knocks out Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the first sequence. Even as Thanos seeks to collect all the six infinity stones from different planets in different galaxies including Earth, the Avengers line up and try to stop him from wreaking havoc using the Infinity Stones.
The directors Anthony and Joe Russo have ensured that the movie has a great storyline. The movie moves at a slick pace with the right amount of humor and epic action sequences. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) fight Thanos on Titan while the rest of the Avengers on Earth fight Thanos’ Black Order member Proxima Midnight and the aliens in Wakanda.
The Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) play a major role in elevating the humor element in the film with their comic timing. Josh Brolin is impressive as Thanos, exuding fear as a walking purple demon who intends to wipe out half the galaxy’s population for humanitarian purposes. He seems unstoppable with the Infinity Gauntlet as no amount of Iron Man’s high-tech suits or weapons nor Doctor Strange’s magic succeeds in deterring him from achieving his mission.
There are also a few emotional moments as well, where Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the adopted daughter of Thanos comes into conflict with Thanos. The climatic action sequence is brilliantly captured with Thor coming into the picture with his new weapon accompanied by lightning. Every character in the sequence has been given their own space in the battle.
The first half of the film ends up shifting the scenes between different planets, spaceships and the Earth, which can be quite jarring, owing to the number of characters the script has to fit in. However, the clever dialogues and the jaw-dropping action sequences make the audiences ask for more.
A strong script has ensured solid performances from the lead actors, who have been part of the MCU for over a decade. The movie has picked up parts from Marvel comics such the Ultimate Thor look with the Axe and the White Wolf reference made by Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
The ending is bleak, shocking and unpredictable, leaving the audience clueless about the untitled Avengers movie slated for release in 2019. However, we know the power of the time and the soul Infinity stones in the gauntlet and the tease of a new character in the end credits, is certainly going to ensure a movie with dramatic twists and new superheroes.