Avengers: Infinity War (Review)
10 years in the making, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) comes together to take on the mighty Thanos who threatens to put an end to the universe.
Irrespective of your opinion on the superhero film genre, you cannot deny that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is an ambitious undertaking – the biggest of its kind, making it a significant event in film history. Marvel Studios took a decade to meticulously plan this mammoth showdown of all their fictional heroes together for the first time on screen. To say that the MCU has a lot riding on this would be a gross understatement, evident by their massive marketing campaign visible everywhere. But the billion-dollar question is – does it live up to the hype.
Quick answer? Oh yes, it does! All the superheroes get their moments to shine, and while some naturally take predominance over the others, no role feels minor at any point. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely’s efforts need special mention for putting together the most crucial and challenging element in a film of this magnitude – the screenplay. From the film’s opening moments, their goal to create a clear and coherent narrative is evident. The Russo Brothers take this material and enhance it to bring out some fantastic performances, along with the large-scale action one has come to expect from the MCU. Keeping this balance is not only tricky but also essential to maintain audience interest over a period of two and a half hours. There’s barely a dull scene; in fact, MCU’s trademark humour is intact and paired with several gut-wrenching moments that will be hard to forget once the credits roll.
The consequences of this entry on the MCU are tremendous, all due to the actions of the one single antagonist they have been building since ‘The Avengers’ in 2012. Josh Brolin had a high bar to meet, and his Thanos smashes all expectations with conviction. He is multi-dimensional with a looming presence to justify all his screen time. Facing him are the superheroes who will take you by surprise on multiple occasions. It’s a big team effort with every actor swinging for the fences. The only drawback? All the blistering action, relentless humor and plot intersections might get overwhelming to the casual viewer. But it’s all part of the plan – there’s so much to digest it warrants a second viewing. If you’ve felt we’re nearing superhero exhaustion, Marvel just went and changed the rules leaving you begging for more – proving yet again that they are the real masters of this game.