Film: Avengers: Infinity War
Studio: Marvel Studios
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of ten years work from Marvel Studios. Thanos has been the back ground villain for far too long. From the moment the film opens, we know were in for a ride that will potentially leave us stunned and shocked. The film takes off right where Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther ended. Someone going into the film with expectations based on what the comics and the trailers have shown us will not be let down. My expectations were met by every measure possible.
It’s Thanos’s universe and we merely live here. Thanos has represented in the comics in many ways. He has been the evil conquer seeking rulership, a character seeking genocide of half the universe, and occasionally a good for the universal right. Most of his stories have been written by Jim Starlin, so the character has had a singular focus. Josh Brolin portrays Thanos in a motion capture performance that will rival any and all performances before. The CG art on Thanos alone brings the unreal Mad Titan down to an almost human level. The character emotes so well with our characters that we feel his grief at doing so. Thanos does things for what could be called the greater good. His methods are to be questioned considering what he puts the audience through. It’s rare to see a character, especially a villain, grow the way he does. He is a simple force of nature that seeking the Infinity Stones to make him whole.
At a 2 hour and 29 minute running time, not a single frame is wasted in the film. Every minute is played to push to story forward. The action scenes are fast paced and definitely worth second and third viewings. Almost every plot point is covered from the previous Marvel films. Each character is treated with a certain amount of care and with this huge cast it’s a tremendous achievement. The Marvel films have never been short on the their amount of sharp wit and humor, which adds to the script and plot. The new interactions we get between the characters that haven’t shared screen time before is worth every second. Starlord (Peter Quill) has some pouty moments between both Thor and Iron Man. The long awaiting pairing of Robert Downey Jr. and Benndict Cummberbach has been a dramatic goal for any director. They both played Sherlock Holmes and one point in time. The reference is there if you catch it. I would say that Tony Stark has the probably the biggest character development that mirrors the character’s comic alcohol addiction. All these moments have made this film worth the wait.
Catch up with any Marvel films you might have missed. Infinity War does not necessarily stand as a solo film. It needs everything that has come before it to work so well. If you’ve read just about any comic book, you must know there’s a next issue to sell us. It’s not to say that the Infinity War has an ending, I would say it almost has the perfect ending in that we know there’s more to come and we greedily can’t wait for it.