This is a spoiler-free review. However, some very minor spoilers could still be present. Proceed at own risk.
“Dread it, run from it, destiny still arrives…” Thanos is here. And he only wants to see half the universe dead.
From the moment he is introduced in the opening scene, we instantly know Thanos is a force to be reckoned with. No other villain in the MCU has ever been so powerful.
Thanos isn’t just the most badass villain in the universe, he makes the most sense. Far from being the cliché crazy guy with a troubled childhood who wants revenge, Thanos’ motivations make sense. A crazy kind of sense, sure, but he believes he is doing the Universe a favour. We, the audience, can actually sympathize with him, a warlord who wants to destroy half the universe. That is some exceptional storytelling.
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of 10 years and 18 movies. Ever since Iron Man hit the screens in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this moment. Since then, the popularity of the MCU has skyrocketed, and now Infinity War has broken all records, earning $630 million worldwide in its opening weekend!
Putting together a cast of 20+ superheroes and giving them all something to do cannot have been easy. We can all complain that our favourite hero didn’t get enough screen time, but overall, the directors deserve praise for managing to juggle so many heroes and arrange them all together into one 2-and-a-half hour long movie.
With such a large ensemble cast, it is impossible to focus on any one hero deeply. 18 previous movies ensure however, that none of the heroes are superficial. Infinity War doesn’t have time to establish an emotional connection to all 20 Avengers and Guardians, but it works because of the established connections from previous movies (another certain company could learn something from Marvel).
Marvel is known for jokes, and Infinity War continues that trend. There are, however, also serious moments, where the tension is not spoilt by a dumb joke; this balance is something Marvel has learnt over the years.
Infinity War is a fantastic movie, but it is not without flaws. The majority of the movie is filled with superbly choreographed fights, but the stakes are missing. In some scenes, especially around the middle of the movie, it feels like the fights are just spectacle with no consequences.
While Thanos is absolutely great, his henchmen aren’t much more than one-dimensional evil beings serving him.
I can’t risk revealing much without spoiling, but the ending makes you feel somewhat cheated.
Overall, you should definitely watch Avengers: Infinity War. Whether it lives up to its hype might be questionable, but you should make that judgement yourself. It is certainly a fun 2 ½ hours.
Once you’ve seen it, check out our full review on the website (blackinkdrose.com).
Note: The term Avengers is used loosely, to mean all heroes featured in Infinity War, even if they are not officially Avengers.
-By Filip Busic