Avengers Infinity War Reviewed by Jon E Clist

The Premise
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

The Review
You wouldn’t often expect a superhero film to affect you emotionally. However, this is one of those films that definitely has ‘the feels’ interweaved throughout it. It is not all that often that a Marvel films sits dramatically in your soul for days after viewing. I mean for sure the jokes and maybe the memories of spectacular action sequences might for some people keep popping into the forefront of your mind. Here it is more than that, here it is the dramatic and stirring storyline that keeps firmly embedded in not only my mind but kind of my heart too. I feel a little embarrassed to admit how much this Sci-Fi Marvel adventure has smashed me in the head and heart. (When you have seen it, you will understand what I mean)

This is a dream cinematic outing in all aspects. Moving and entertaining performances packaged in this amazing marvel universe that’s so visually stunning, and big and bright and so many more superlatives. There are plenty of reasons why this is a great film and I am going to try to break it down a little for you into areas without giving you any spoilers. However, I think we all know that some will not make it out of this part of the Marvel journey.

Visual Symphony that is so very satisfying. I mean this is what a Sci-Fi film should look like. Big and bright, yet dark and intricate. While a lot if set on Earth, there is still plenty set in space and therefore there is still variation that at times is smashed in your face. This is a film that is filmed on Imax cameras and hence it is big and bold. I know there is only one Imax cinema in New Zealand and if you are not in Auckland it will not be an option for you. Of course, consider it a promise that this is a film made for the big screen and not just TVs, tablets or phones. While there is plenty of drama and comedy that works on all screens, some of the fast-paced battle sequences will lose some of their impact on smaller screens.

Comedy that is out of this world. Oh my, the one-liners keep coming throughout the film and it is not just the usual suspects that deliver. I love the dry comedy that Thor delivers but when you put him in a room with Drax and Star-Lord, the hits just keep on coming. While the over all storyline is darker and a little emotionally charged at times, it is the comedy that holds it all together.

Drama that is dripping with emotionally charged moments. I felt a little kicked in the chest after this film. It is darker and like the Captain America predecessors before it, there is more pain and dysfunction happening. The directing duo of Anthony & Joe Russo brought us The Winter Soldier and Civil War and these guys know how to break things on a psychological and emotional level. Life is not perfect and so why should our superhero films go smoothly to plan or end with everyone being fine? There has always been the battle of DC and Marvel going on with the argument that DC is grittier and more real in its approach to humanity. Here we see Marvel continue its descent into this very thought. Life is not perfect.

Freshly unpredictable and yet familiar and palatable. While I certainly could not have picked some of the outcomes from this film and that is why it is so important to stand firm in the no spoilers angle. However, the comedy and the characters are the sugary joy that helps the medicine to go down. In addition to that this is a story of characters and their relationships with each other. Through Infinity War we learn more about what makes not only the heroes tick but also the villains.

The Verdict
Perfect. Everything I wanted even though I didn’t know it at the time.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 25th April 2018
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 149 minutes 
Genre:  SciFi/Marvel
Starring: Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Dave Bautista (Drax), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Vin Diesel (Groot), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Benedict Wong (Wong), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Benicio del Toro (The Collector), Winston Duke (M'Baku), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Jacob Batalon (Ned) and Florence Kasumba (Ayo).
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War)