Avengers: Infinity War is a shocking, formula-breaking film that is unlike any other superhero movie made in recent years. Between the wonderful ensemble cast, the breathtaking action and above all the unexpected narrative twists, be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.
At long last, the film that Marvel Studios has been building up to for ten years is upon us. And with a whole decade worth of hype behind it, Avengers: Infinity War has tremendous expectations to live up to. And I can honestly say that it has not only met these expectations but surpassed them, providing an incredible cinematic experience that is an emotional, action-packed roller coaster ride of a film, beating down any argument that Superhero films are losing their appeal. In this instalment of the franchise directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (who also directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier), the mad Titan Thanos attempts to claim the six infinity stones. The Avengers, amongst others, band together to stop him from wiping out half of the population of the universe.
One thing Infinity War certainly serves up is surprise, breaking away from the formula that we as an audience are used to seeing in every Marvel film ever released. From the very opening moments we see the cracks in our heroes’ armour. Seeing their vulnerability against the overwhelming threat makes it feel like there is so much more at stake than there ever has been before. Finally there is, in Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos, a villain that is powerful enough to challenge not just one superhero, but all of them collectively. Throughout the film he and his lackeys are wonderfully menacing, in terms of performance and aesthetic. But it is Brolin who really takes centre stage here, imbuing the character of Thanos with a sense of emotion and, at times, humanity that rarely appears in a comic book antagonist. Ebony Maw, one of the Children of Thanos who is played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is also an impressive villain. Brilliantly creepy, he is one of the stand-outs amongst the new characters introduced in this film.
The returning cast are as wonderful as ever, and the script-writing is just as witty and humorous, leading to amusing exchanges and comedic moments between characters (something that has become somewhat of a trademark of the Marvel film). Despite worries that the cast was too large to give adequate screen time to the beloved characters, the multiple storylines are handled skilfully and give a perfect balance between all of the narrative strands. It’s also extremely satisfying to see characters who have never previously met interact with each other for the first time, be that Tony Stark and Dr Strange or Peter Parker and Star Lord. Whilst these moments are invariably comedic, there is a darker tone to Infinity War on the whole, giving a new found sense of gravity and seriousness to this climax of the Marvel franchise. This is reflected in the ruthlessness the film shows when choosing which fan-favourite character will be next to receive a beating. The answer is, one way or another, all of them; and this is one of the most surprising things about the film, along with the absolutely shocking cliffhanger ending. For the first time in Marvel history you get the sense that no one is safe and with so many twists and turns it’s impossible to guess what will happen next.
Infinity War is easily the most thrilling, nonstop action Marvel film to date. For all of it’s hefty two hours and forty minutes run time the screen is filled with the most exciting, visually stunning, and tense set pieces ever seen in a superhero film, and the scale of these scenes alone is enough to impress. Seeing the familiar and well known protagonists throw all of their powers at the enemy and still struggle against the challenge that Thanos presents them is extremely refreshing, and after so long seeing the infinity stones on-screen but not knowing their full potential, it’s both shocking and exhilarating to see their powers being fully tapped into and used against the Avengers. Between the near constant action scenes and the multiple narratives there is never a dull moment, even for such a long running film.
Avengers: Infinity War is a shocking, formula-breaking film that is unlike any other superhero movie made in recent years. Between the wonderful ensemble cast, the breathtaking action and above all the unexpected narrative twists, be prepared for an emotional roller coaster that will redefine your perception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.