‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Paul Bettany, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Chris Hemsworth, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Letitia Wright, and Tom Holland in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The time has come! Ten years of superhero movies, and it has officially come to this! While ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is no doubt making box-office records, I am thinking of ways to describe my experience without giving much away. In case you were worried, I will not dive into spoilers (Maybe once the hype dies down, I will issue a spoiler-filled review). Instead, you will be treated to a premise and mainly thoughts. 

As most of you know, the plot mainly revolves around mad titan Thanos (Voiced and depicted by Josh Brolin) as he journeys to collect the rest of the infinity stones scattered across the universe, with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy coming together to stop him. With so many superheroes, you expect the film to be crowded. Look at the poster above me, and tell me that it is not a huge cast. While everyone gets their chance to shine, I sadly felt as if I was watching more than one movie going on.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo go back and forth from one location to the next, as if the world was not established enough already. We see characters that you do not expect to show up, while also being comfortable with the heroes Marvel took ten years to develop. One thing that is expected from ‘Infinity War’ is how the characters who have never met before manage to go at odds. I find it funny to see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange bicker at each other since both actors have played Sherlock Holmes in a different form of entertainment, all while Peter Parker (Tom Holland) tries to fit in; while in deep space, a rugged Thor (Chris Hemsworth) crosses paths with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper), a teenage Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel once again), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who each have something to say about the God of Thunder. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) travel to Wakanda where they reunite with King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and a rehabilitated Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).

With so much going on, ‘Infinity War’ comes off as clunky and uneven. However, once things start coming together, the film regains its composure and starts to become exciting and thrilling. The stakes seem to be higher once Thanos attacks. Although, he is not the big baddie you were led to believe over the years. He has an emotional depth that you never expect a megalomaniac to have. Not to give too much away, but underneath an evil exterior is a giant faced with a twisted sense of what he believes to be the right choice. I think that is where the heart of ‘Infinity War’ comes from.

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