How do I start this review without appreciating Kevin Feige? The man has crafted possibly the greatest tapestry of event films in history. He appeals to the longtime comic readers like myself, while raking in record box office numbers from the masses. Him and the Russo Bros. finally deliver a payoff to all of this after 10 years with Avengers: Infinity War.
This is a movie I almost feel like it should be reviewed after at least two viewings. The sensory overload of keeping up with all these characters and the spectacle on display is overwhelming, but still quite easy to follow, which is a true testament to how the Russo’s direct. They effortlessly balance the tones of comedy, with the very serious tone that the film takes especially towards the end. Having Star Lord, and Iron Man in the same scene as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, and having it work is really an achievement.
Marvel made steps towards breaking the villain curse with Ego and the Vulture, but they knocked Thanos out of the park. His motivation has been changed from how it was in the great Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, but it makes sense for this universe. Josh Brolin is incredible in the role, with the motion capture work being also amazing. He’s a villain you both understand, and hate at the same time. Definitely a threat that the Avengers aren’t prepared for. The Black Order that serves Thanos is also really great for action sequences, but felt like they could have been used more.
I am a huge fan of Captain America and Spider-Man in particular, but the standout heroes for me, were Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, and Gamora. This might be the best I’ve ever seen Robert Downey Jr. as Stark. He is caught having to be the one trying to keep everyone in check and take things seriously, which shows how he has evolved since 2008. Thor has a great arc in the film, with him going on a separate adventure before joining the other heroes. Doctor Strange has the best visual flair, and I loved his interaction with Tony Stark. Their scenes had both humor and great enotional weight. Gamora was a huge surprise. She had the biggest connection to Thanos, and really shined in her scenes. Her arc of being caught between Star Lord and her adoptive father was another great emotional hook. The other heroes all get great moments, but some get a little lost in the shuffle of things, Winter Soldier, Falcon and War Machine in particular. Some character moments and plot points seem to happen off screen, which is also annoying and confusing.
This film is really an event comic come to life. Basically something like Infinity Gauntlet or even DC’s come to life on the big screen. The structure of scenes and transitions feels like im reading a huge omnibus of one of those stories, and it was never dull. If you haven’t watched at least most of the previous MCU movies prior, you will be lost, as there is little time for establishing any of the characters we have seen before.
It was such a joy to hear Alan Silvestri’s iconic score return. It doesn’t feel like The Avengers without it.
The movie was the first ever completely shot on the ARRI Alexa IMAX camera, so definitely see it on an IMAX screen if you can. It is the best presentation. The 3D conversion was also really great, with the depths of space and Wakanda feeling more real than ever.
I have kept this review spoiler free, because you absolutely need to go in cold on this one. The surprises here are plentiful, and some of them quite shocking (#ThanosDemandsYourSilence).
Overall, you don’t need my opinion. You already know if you’re going to see this one. Its the culmination of 10 years of the MCU. The Russo’s are the most versatile superhero directors working today to pull this off, and Kevin Feige should be proud to have discovered them. The future this movie promises is bleak, but not without hope for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
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