Sunday, 29 April 2018

'Avengers: Infinity War' Film Review

10 years in the making, the Marvel cinematic universe as we know it has all led up to this moment. 

The fall out from Captain America: Civil War still looms over the Avengers as they come together once again to stop the powerful Thanos, who is on the hunt for all 6 infinity stones which will give him the power to wipe out half the universe.

'Infinity War' raises the stakes higher than any previous Marvel movie, with Thanos seemingly destroying anything and anyone in his way to obtain the Infinity Stones. Unless you've been under a cave the past few weeks, you are probably aware that there will be some casualities along the way, and the film sort of teases you throughout by putting your favourite heroes through very tough scenarios. Will they/Won't they make it? looms through the entire film. 

Plot wise, it is Thanos' journey to obtaining ultimate power through the infinity stones, and whilst all the other heroes' share a good amount of screentime and get their moment to shine, this is Thanos' movie. I was personally surprised and impressed at the level of humanity that the Russo's managed to give him.

The same could be said for many of the characters' arcs- the emotional cost of Thanos' actions has huge consequences. There is a lot of anguish, pain and loss. And perhaps breaks the record for the most amount of tears in any superhero movie. 

That said, the doomsday vibe is lightened by a good mix of humour and regular action sequences, that culminate in a large scale climatic battle towards the end of the movie. And then we get the last five minutes.

Without spoiling it for anyone, this "WHAT JUST HAPPENED" ending left me wanting the next part straight away. To leave the film like this, to leave our heroes like this... it's the absolute opposite of what a typical superhero movie does, and boy, were those last five minutes powerful.

Iron Man/Tony Stark- Robert Downey Jr
Captain America/Steve Rogers- Chris Evans
Thor- Chris Hemsworth
Black Widow- Scarlett Johansson
The Hulk- Mark Ruffalo
Doctor Strange- Benedict Cumberbatch
Spider Man -Tom Holland
Black Panther- Chadwick Boseman
Star Lord- Chris Pratt
Gamora- Zoe Saldana
Scarlet Witch- Elizabeth Olsen
Vision- Paul Bettany
Josh Brolin- Thanos

Also stars Tom Hiddleston, Karen Gillan, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Gwyneth Paltrow, Letitia Wright.

~~~OVERALL 9/10~~~
'Avengers: Infinity War' brings together ten years' worth of character development into one giant movie, that trades traditional superhero cliches for a lot of emotion (and tears!). Expect laughs, action and ever higher stakes, as Thanos grows ever more powerful with each Infinity Stone. 

With a left field ending that changes everything, I cannot wait for May 2019 for all to be revealed! 

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