Marvel has done it all from heist films and political thrillers to space operas and space epics in it’s 10 year legacy. And now the culmination of it’s 18 movies and a decade of work so far has led to this —- The man in purple.
So where should we start off with this review? I missed my 7-10 minutes of the film because my car sort of broke down (sighs) and then also to note the fact that despite constant reminders to the Wave Cinemas management their 3D glasses are still a pain for your eyes. Well anyways, let’s move on to the main part.
Avengers: Infinity War that opened this Friday brings together it’s many superheroes to face a dangerous threat as well as their complicated pasts and hard choices. It could’ve been an unholy mess for one MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) story but the Russo’ brothers deft hands who are responsible for making Civil War a huge crossover film by bringing together a whole mess of heroes make feel small and intimate, have done it again flawlessly.
The magnum opus pays off previous Marvel movies in a multitude of ways none more with the coming of Thanos (Josh Brolin but mostly CGI). Part tyrant and part cult leader, the massive villain trades fisticuffs with the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), no sweat and offers balance and “salvation” to the universe by wiping out half of existence. To pull off this genocidal act, he needs to collect six Infinity stones – Power, Mind, Reality, Space, Time and Soul, the greatest powers in the universe unparalleled in their destructive capabilities.
Every character is interdependent on each other and the film completely justifies the parallel tracks they are running with each other to avoid any mishmash and confusion. They manifest how this isn’t the Justice League, these are Avengers and they’re the wholesome entertainers when it comes to that.
Not giving you too much into where it all begins or continues from and where it leads to, as to spare you from the dreaded spoilers and not being able to relish the whole fun of watching this sheer visual treat that leads us to an emotional journey which the makers do succeed in bringing out beautifully — we talk about performances.
Starting off with Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), the man who started it all, that there can be no other Iron Man. He is synonymous with that title and it echoes through the whole film.
Next up is Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) who despite nearly not having a substantial amount of screen time makes a lot of impact with his rivetingly flawless performance, thus proving why he is chosen to play this role. His sidekick Wong (played by Benedict Wong) compliments him like we’ve previously in the Strange’s standalone film.
Joining the bandwagon are Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Don Cheadle (Rhodey), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / Falcon), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda / Scarlet Witch), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spiderman) and others have played their part really well but their characters could’ve been given more screen time than what they’ve been offered. The character that manages to grab a better chunk of screen time is of Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth). He plays it with full conviction, with humour, anguish and a whole ordeal of emotions playing out. It makes his character have a more significant presence than the others as he kicks off this Cinematic event of a lifetime. The Guardians aren’t far behind with Star-lord a.k.a. Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) at his usual best, full of himself and his one liners. He clearly provides the comic relief which Ruffalo has been carrying around on his shoulder in the film. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is a mess of emotions who clearly cannot find the line between the hate and the love she feels for her adoptive and cruel father Thanos. Rocket and Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively) again manage to make you smile with their innuendos with Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) not behind and adding their bits in the overloaded action epic. Each of the 22 characters from leads to the stand in supports in this piece of art have performed brilliantly, not overfishing the whole thing.
It might not be a perfect film —- especially since clearly many of it’s hanging plot threads rely on Avengers 4 to tie up —- but it’s about as good as something this big and unwieldy could have been and it’s a blast to watch.
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