Possible spoilers ahead!!
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin). The Mad Titan is on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones that make up the Infinity Gauntlet. When he gains all the stone, Thanos will be able to achieve his dream of wiping out half the population of the universe in order to preserve its precious resources and restore “balance.”
The only thing standing in his way are the Avengers: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), War Machine (Don Cheadle), the Vision (Paul Bettany), the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie).
However, earth’s mightiest heroes may not enough to stop the evil of Thanos and his Black Order. Joining the action are Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), White Wolf (Sebastian Stan), all the characters from “Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” join the cosmic struggle against the greatest threat the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen.
Since I saw “Avengers: Infinity War” this past Friday, I have tried writing this review five or six times. But I threw them all away because the truth is, it’s almost impossible to do write a review without giving something away. One of the reasons for this problem is because Infinity War never lets up. Something happens in this movie from the moment it starts all the way to the post credit scene.
However, that’s also one of the things that I liked best about “Avengers: Infinity War.” This movie was a non-stop thrill ride. This movie is clearly inspired more by the Infinity Gauntlet saga, and several scenes in the movie were straight out of the 1991 Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim mini series. A few things are different of course, mostly due to Marvel not having the rights to some characters. But the changes worked well I thought.
“Avengers: Infinity War” was also a roller coaster of emotions for me. This is the part where I must mention that Infinity War is the first comic book movie that made me shed a tear. I won’t say why, or which scene caused me to tear up. But let’s just say I wasn’t the only one in the theater who reacted like this. I guess if this movie doesn’t make you feel something, then you’re dead inside.
One of the few complaints I’ve heard about Infinity War is that several characters don’t get much screen time and/or dialogue. The way I see it though, the task of balancing so many characters, in addition to developing Thanos for non comic book readers was a daunting one. But the Russo brothers and the screen writers did an amazing job making Thanos a credible threat and a fully fledged out character. Hell, he’s even a sympathetic at points.
The only problem I had with Infinity War was the constant use of title cards. The film jumps around between different storylines involving different groupings of characters in different locations. whenever the film went to a new place, a giant tile card greeted us. Thing is, we already knew where these characters were headed because of the dialogue in previous scenes, so the title cards were unnecessary.
Further more, some of the shifts in location and tone were jarring at times. At one point we go from what is meant to be a particularly poignant and emotional scene, but it’s soon followed by a change of scenery and a joke. Then again, with so many things going on, and dozens of characters to deal with, this is a minor complaint on my part.
With that said, there is still plenty to enjoy about “Avengers: Infinity War.” This movie is easily in my top 3 favorite Marvel movies. The action never stops and its awesome from start to finish. The stakes were also higher than ever before, and the emotions this film puts you through, were all worth the price of admission.
A tip of the hat to Marvel, the Russo brothers, and the entire cast of “Avengers: Infinity War.” Thank you for making one of the most incredible comic book movies I’ve ever seen.
“Avengers: Infinity War” score: A