Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Directed by: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen and… Stan Lee, of course.
Run Time: 2h 29min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
4 Frames out of 5
By: Shari K. Green
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was made for the fans. It is tremendously displayed hardcore action that simply doesn’t stop. If you love Marvel and the Avengers films, they’re topped out here. This is the one to beat and I don’t think it’ll be possible to do such a thing. The end will leave you mystified, shocked and salivating for the next feature. Fully shot on IMAX, I do suggest that you find a way to get to an Imax theatre and see it as it was meant to be seen. The CGI is fantastic and as the characters planet hop, it can’t be fully appreciated on a smaller screen.
There’s not a lot to say that will sell you on the film that you most likely don’t already know. If you’re a Marvel fan, you already know the universe that has been created. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, don’t start with this but hurry, get them all watched and catch this one before it leaves theatres! The Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, took over directing after Joss Whedon left and, even though Whedon seemed irreplaceable, you’ll be convinced this was the right move. The characters, and there are a lot to get through, are given careful attention and had almost equal time onscreen for everyone to develop even more thoroughly than before.
There are many other reasons why you need to see ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ It’s very well thought out, it’s not predictable, it’s incredibly entertaining and the entire 2 ½ hours go by in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, waiting for Avengers 4 will seem like a lifetime. While this film is quite morbid and rather sinister, it has to be one of, if not the best because it took the darker path it needed to.
Parrticular actors get a chance to sink their teeth into moments that are meatier, deeper emotionally and even more comical than before. Once such comedic moment is when Hulk loses his confidence after getting beat during battle and Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) must discover a way to take over when needed. Another hysterical scene is when Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) calls an ominous looking character named Ebony Maw (Vaughan-Lawlor) ‘Squidward’ due to his resemblance to the character in ‘Sponge Bob Square Pants.’
So, while there is a lot of darkness, there’s a wonderful balance of humor, as well, mostly from the previously mentioned characters and from Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Pratt) due to his jealousy of Thor (Hemsworth).
We start by finding out that Asgard was under assault by Thanos (Brolin) who wants all of the Infinity Stones so he can control the universe. He believes that the random death, genocide, of half of a planet’s population, is merciful. Only he has what it takes to rid the planet, therefore the universe, of misery and despair by doing what no one else has the guts to do… murder by the trillions. So, he’s on the hunt for all the stones. Everyone is doing their best to keep them hidden from him but he’s has declared war with them, he’s strong and is winning. He’s not having too much trouble finding the stones and one by one, with what seems like very little opposition, he takes them.
This is particularly entertaining because while you may want our heroes to win, there’s a certain delight in watching them in peril for a change. The fight lasts a long time before they finally come together to deal some serious blows. The length of the film gives you time to truly care for what’s going on in this world and also question moves made by certain characters. Dr. Strange (Cumberbatch) will have you exceptionally perplexed. But, I’ve said enough. I’ll let you find out the rest on your own. If you’re a fan, you must immediately get to the theatre and watch this movie. Then, run right back in and do the same thing. Don’t drink coffee before you go. You’ll regret it about an hour in when you decide you can’t miss a moment of the film.
* There is only one end credit scene.
* Look for Stan Lee on the bus.