After 10 years and 17 films, everything comes to a head in Avengers: Infinity War, a three hour epic that has everybody coming together in order to defeat Thanos, an alien being who is hell bent on collecting all the infinity stones so he can destroy half of the universe. The cast is one of the most impressive that we will ever see and includes Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hensworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffolo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Letita Wright and on and on…
It’s crazy how many people are in this movie and everyone plays a significant part in the story. It’s hard to balance so many characters, but the Russo’s have found a way to give everyone their spotlight. Could the film have worked a bit better with fewer characters? Absolutely. But it’s a wonderful achievement what Marvel here has accomplished, something DC can only dream off. The film is incredibly entertaining and action-packed and most of all, it feels earned. It feels like Marvel has earned our trust and our patience, after 10 years and the movie doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. It’s my second favorite Marvel film after Black Panther and the villain this time around, Thanos, is the best one they’ve ever done. He’s menacing, brilliantly realized by CGI and he’s got a compelling motivation and a backstory that makes him interesting and almost relatable. He’s the villain of the movie, but all he wants is half of the universe. He doesn’t have any beef with any Avengers. He just thinks balance is order and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
The action is fun, entertaining and bombastic and everyone can be in dire consequences at any time in this movie, which finally raises the stakes to an all-time high. Everyone is expendable. Nobody is safe. And that’s what makes Thanos such a memorable villain.
The film is very long, it’s almost three hours and is an exhausting experience because the film is packed and it needed everyone of those minutes to explain where everyone was at after the events of Civil War and Thor Ragnarok and the Russo’s found a way to balance everything perfectly. It is also the darkest of the MCU films, but unlike Civil War, it’s more entertaining to watch and better written. There are plenty of surprises and shocking moments throughout the film and the payoff is amazing. Even after all this time, Marvel has shown time and again that it can still surprise us and make us laugh and cry and worry about how our favorite heroes will live to fight another day.
There’s only one part in the movie where I thought it slowed down a bit, it is necessary for the story so it absolutely needs to be there, but the sequence that involved Peter Dinklage (which I had no idea that he was in it) and Thor was probably the most uninteresting one to me. It went on for a little long and while it is necessary to the plot, it felt like it dragged the movie to a halt. But honestly that’s the biggest complaint that I can find. Other than the humor sometimes being a bit too much in certain scenes and some one-liners falling flat, that’s it.
Overall, Avengers: Infinity Wars is a groundbreaking achievement, ten years in the making and one that proves why Marvel studios still make movies that entertain as well as making people hungry for what’s to come.