After 10 years of build up and 18 movies finally it’s here! Was it even possible for this film to live up to the expectations and hype that came with this long journey? For me I haven’t been this excited for a movie in a really long time. And did it live up to the hype for me? The Russo brothers having directed Winter Soldier, Civil War and now Infinity War are 3/3 in my opinion. Even after my first viewing I loved this movie and after my second viewing I loved it more than the first time. I would actually recommend watching this movie more than once. Not because its a deep film like Inception that requires multiple viewings. With this film there’s just so much going on, it’s literally an event. You get to enjoy it more and be more relaxed with the second viewing because you’re not constantly on edge the whole time. However given how much goes on in this film with the multiple characters and directions this review will kind of be all over the place. I simply cannot cover every aspect of the film therefore I’m going to talk about the elements I really loved in this film.
With that being said let’s get straight into it:
What better place to start with this review than with the main character of the film. Thanos without a doubt is now my favourite MCU villain and one of my favourite villains of all time. I loved Killmonger in Black Panther but with Thanos from his dialogue, CGI and Josh Brolin’s acting he continues to set the bar high for comic book villains in general. I mean he had to be the the best MCU villain right? This was damn near 10 years in the making ever since we saw that purple creature smile at us in the post credit scene of Avengers. We are shown just what Thanos is all about in the first 10 minutes of the film where he destroys the Hulk and kills both Heimdall and Loki. One of the main reasons why I love Thanos is mostly due to Josh Brolin’s performance as the Mad Titan. Given the character is mostly CGI that doesn’t stop him from providing us with a great performance. The way he delivers his lines and his voice are just chilling at times. Every time he’s on the screen you can’t take your eyes off him, he takes up the whole screen. Whenever he talks you listen to every word and your anticipating what he’s going to say next. The CGI work done on the character has to be praised here too, it would come to no surprise if the majority of the budget for the film was spent on Thanos and it pays off.
One of my favourite Thanos moments in this film is the whole soul stone sequence. His relationship Gamora, the acting from both the actors and even the CGI down to the tears of Thanos are amazing. As for Thanos’s goal we all knew he going into this movie that he wanted to collect all six of the infinity stones but why? Is he a bad guy just because or is there more to it? And yes there’s more to it. While I don’t agree with his ideas and goals it does provide for an interesting character. Thanos is someone that wants to help balance the universe, to make it a better place where people can thrive and it does sound like a great idea until the method that is uses is straight up genocide. Granted I don’t think we’re meant to be cheering for Thanos throughout this film at all, but what it does provide for is the best main villain of the MCU that I have seen so far.
One of my favourite things in this movie is how the characters are handled with this huge cast. Overall there are over 30 characters in this film and the Russos had to find a way where everyone had their screen time and chance to shine and they accomplished that extremely well by splitting up the heroes into various groups.
Group 1: Guardians of the Galaxy + Thor
This without a doubt is my favourite group dynamic in the whole film. Having Thor interact with the Guardians of the Galaxy was great, especially with this new Thor that had changed with Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. They just bounce off each other so well, I found myself laughing throughout the whole scene where they first meet. Eventually the group does split with Thanos, Groot and Rocket Raccoon going to make Thor’s new weapon and I found myself enjoying this new group dynamic even more. The tree, a rabbit and a god. I never thought I would have enjoyed this group that much. And a lot of that has to do with Chris Hemsworth’s acting in this film, his comedic timing is great. Even during the more emotional scenes where Thor is talking to Rocket about the people he has lost the two interact very well. Thor was definitely my favourite character coming out of this movie and that was solidified with the moment he lands in Wakanda and he just starts wrecking people, you get the feeling of ‘Yep this guy is really a god’.
Group 2: Doctor Strange + Iron Man + Spider-Man
The second main group while it wasn’t my favourite there’s still a lot to be enjoyed here. First of all seeing Doctor Strange and Tony Stark interact is great, this was the main two character I couldn’t wait to see come together going into the film. Mainly because they are both so similar in their egos and how they both walk to the beat of their own drum. These two huge personalities were bound to clash and when they did it was great, and you throw Spider-Man and Star-Lord into the mix it just gets even better. I love Spider-Man in this movie Tom Holland just gives off such a realistic performance, this is exactly how you would expect a kid to act if he was standing next to Doctor Strange and Iron Man. Also one of my favourite scenes in the movie is where Tony’s group meets the rest of the Guardians and they share a scene where they are fighting each other. It also provides for great interactions with Drax and especially between Tony and Star-Lord.
The rest of the characters
As for the rest of the Avengers they kind of suffer due to the screen time given to the two main groups. Captain America my favourite character while he gets a great entrance scene doesn’t really have much to do in the film along with those who accompany him such as T’Challa. Although the film explores the relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision them along with the likes of Bruce Banner, Falcon and Bucky are just there until they get to the final act in Wakanda. Maybe this film had too many characters to juggle resulting in us not being able to spend the time we wanted with certain characters but I do think for the most part the Russos got it right with the 2 main groups.
The Black Order
While Thanos is of course the main villain of the film he’s not the only protagonist the heroes have to come up against. Of the Black Order my favourite character is easily Ebony Maw, I was kind of gutted that his character got killed off so quickly. I loved his powers, and mostly his dialogue. I love how he gave Doctor Strange a fight for his money, I would’ve loved to have seen him go up against Doctor Strange in a solo movie but unfortunately that won’t be happening anymore. Proxima Midnight on the other hand was just ok however CGI work done on the character didn’t really look good at all. I do wish the Black Order were made to look more powerful but then again there’s so much going on in this film that they had to be sidelined for the other main characters.
Now for the most talked about aspect of the film, the ending! I really struggled to take in the ending for a long time after my first viewing. I just didn’t know what to say, the theatre was so quite when the credits started rolling, I never experienced that in a movie theatre before . We all knew Thanos was going to collect all of the infinity stones but I for one didn’t expect the snap to happen especially at that point. When the snap came I had completely forgot about it and it caught me way off guard I loved it! What proceeds the snap is shots of the Avengers disappearing slowly one by one, with no music at all making it even more powerful. The ‘deaths’ that stood out to me were Doctor Strange’s, Groot’s and of course Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s acting in that scene was great and yes we all know that a Spider-Man sequel will be coming out next year but that didn’t stop me from being invested in his death scene. The main controversy surrounding this scene is how many of these deaths and the ones throughout the film are permanent? I believe that the deaths that took place before the snap will be permanent (Vision, Gamora, Loki and Heimdall). If you pay close attention apart from Nebula and Rocket those who are left are the original Avengers. We have already seen the leaked photos from the set of Avengers 4 with the original cast in their old costumes which means they go back in time to save everyone. Doctor Strange said he saw only one outcome where they win and this is it in Avengers 4. Tony had to survive because somehow he will save everyone or play a key role in Avengers 4.
Overall I thought Avengers Infinity War was a great movie, it handles the tone really well. While for the most part this is a dark movie it does have light moments too which are definitely needed. Where it falls on my MCU list it may fall just under Winter Soldier at number 2. However it’s hard to judge this film against the other solo movies, one thing for sure is that Infinity War is the best Avengers movie yet.