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Published on May 1st, 2018 | by voxx

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Avengers Infinity War

Out: Now
Cert: 12A
Length: 149 minutes
Rating: 5/5

Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautsista

Plot: Thanos (Brolin), a giant purple galactic warlord, aims to unite the six Infinity Stones in his Infinity Gauntlet and gain power over half the universe. The Avengers, who have encountered five of them already, unite to challenge him.

It’s already clear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has installed a lot of pressure on themselves. With social media it’s hard enough to create an ongoing trend, but as soon as the trailer for Marvel’s 19th and biggest film ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ launched, it became the largest trailer ever on the web with more than 200 million views in just 24 hours. That was a monster record in itself as no other trailer has ever done that, and in addition to that the pre-sale tickets were selling like hot cakes. The pressure was perhaps too much at this point and there was quite a bit of speculation whether the film would live up to the almost infinite (sorry) hype. Well, the time is here as brother directors Anthony and Joe Russo create an unmissable Marvel film that delivers a dark storyline featuring shock to shock.

Firstly, ‘Infinity War’ isn’t just the culmination of the last few years of Marvel installments, it is the culmination of the last 18 Marvel films over ten years, starting from the first ‘Iron Man’ to now, and take our word for it, it’s worth every second of the ride. This one opens without the traditional Marvel fanfare overshadowing the logo. Instead it’s almost deafening. We open not long after the impact of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ with the destruction of Asgard and suddenly Thanos (Brolin), a giant purple galactic warlord, puts the survivors to the test to try and possess all of the six Infinity Stones which can put him in control of the entire universe. But it’s clear from minute one that Thanos is not a villain that can be beaten with just the swing of a hammer (Thor should know that). And so the Avengers are all put to the ultimate test.

Hulk (Ruffalo) is challenged strength to strength. Thor (Hemsworth) is tested through his limits. Captain America (Evans) will find that this is no easy war to win. The story, written by ‘Captain America: Civil War’ writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, is dark, darker than all the previous Marvel films before it. Here, nobody is left without a fight, and in terms of scope this one has the biggest ever battle scene (but we’ll get to that). And at the helm is Marvel’s darkest, deadliest and strongest villain Thanos, and it’s Josh Brolin who’s up for the role once again as he said at the end of ‘Age of Ultron’, “I’ll do it myself”. He delivers in spades delivering shock to shock, many dark turns and lots and lots of bodies at his feet. It’s clear that the Russos have brought the impossible to life, and it won’t leave without deeply cutting into your very skin.

Just how dark is the story? Well, that really depends on how much light is at the end of the 149 minute long tunnel, but in terms of how many lives are at stake, it’s probably not much. But just like every other Marvel villain Thanos comes with a past, and Thanos’ past isn’t anything to be triffled with. It’s a past that’s filled with war, turmoil and death, but anybody who knows his history should know how dark he really is, and despite the many family friendly filters there are through the neverending saga, he is the darkest one ever. Yet thanks to Brolin’s fantastic performance, he’s also the most compelling. Yes you heard that right; he’s even more compelling than Loki. But, unlike the Asgardian God of Mischief, the giant purple warlord isn’t simply misunderstood, neigh, he’s just a menace. However prepared you may be to watch Thanos putting the universe through ultimate destruction, you aren’t ready for the damage he might leave behind, and put it this way, there’s a lot of deep scars here.

The film isn’t always dark; there is some lightness as well. It’s actually very, very funny. Iron Man (Downey Jr.)  is momentarily left speechless. The Guardians are up to to their usual high stakes camaradarie; Star Lord (Pratt) isn’t afraid to show his light self, and Drax (Bautista) once again shares his comedic duo act with Rocket (Bradley Cooper). It’s almost as if McFeely and Markus watched both ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films and jotted down all the jokes. But honestly, who would blame them?

Happier still with a long running time, a compelling villain, an all star cast, some very funny jokes and several storylines to follow, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ stays massively intact thanks to the Russos’ exquisite directing style, as they handle the project beautifully, from utilising the massive cast without feeling any fatigue (sorry Joss Whedon), through the expensive yet stunning CGI battles, to the mammoth sized final battle scenes. If you thought the battle of Sakovia in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ or the battle at Berlin’s Leipzig airport in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was big, then this is a mammoth battle. Indeed ‘Infinity War’ is worth the decade long wait, and who knows, maybe the currently untitled ‘Avengers 4′ could be bigger than this. However big it is, we certainly can’t wait. 

VERDICT: Quick on it’s wits and quick on it’s whims, the 19th MCU film delivers all of them on an intergalactic scale. You may not be prepared for Thanos, but then neither are our heroes.

- By Corey Denford


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