Avengers: Infinity War: The Villain Steals The Show
It’s been over ten years since Iron Man (2008) came out and jump started the Marvel cinematic universe. During that time, Marvel has made eighteen films, of somewhat varying degrees of quality, but overall, to overwhelming and critical success. That brings us to Avengers: Infinity War, the latest in the Marvel cinematic universe and the culmination of all of those prior films. It’s a big, ambitious, epic crossover event, and while it does suffer a bit from juggling so many characters, it is impressive, nonetheless. Infinity War is very entertaining, but you can only completely understand the film if you have watched the previous movies.
The plot involves The Avengers having to protect the planet from the cosmic challenger, Thanos, whose goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones. Seeing heroes, like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, seemingly having met their greatest challenge yet, makes this film even more compelling. There are so many good performances. Josh Brolin, as the world-conquering Thanos, practically steals the show so much as the villain, you could probably rename the film, Thanos’ Infinity War. While Brolin’s voice might seem wrong for his character, in truth, it’s pretty excellent casting. He gives the villain an intimidating, yet sly, and regretful demeanor. You feel like Thanos is a villain with a reason. At the same time, you never forget just how cold blooded and evil he really is. Like when he says, “I hope they remember you”, as he claims one of his victims.
The main heroes of the film are Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man, The Guardians of The Galaxy, and Doctor Strange. Hemsworth, as Thor, has a big role, and was a particular highlight. I thought his interactions with The Guardians, particularly Rocket Raccoon and Teenage Groot, were hilarious. In spite of Captain America’s shortened role in the plot, I loved his introduction scene, and his disagreements with Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) which was carried over from Civil War (2016). Doctor Strange, I felt, was at his best here, especially when he and Stark went one on one with each other.
The action throughout filmed directed by the Russo Brothers is kinetic and visible. In particular, I loved how every character got their own big moment. The highlight for me was the big battle in Wakanda. It’s intense, and you can see that our heroes are in for a huge fight, helped by the scale of this big event.
The music is quite good and powerful. Alan Silvestri returns, after being absent for Age of Ultron (2015), with a new dark motif for Thanos. The music is epic and fun. Some particular highlights of the music were when Captain America is reintroduced (loved how the music fit the lighting in that scene) and also when Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange encounter Thanos. I loved how desperate and urgent the music could suddenly get.
Infinity War’s biggest crime might be it could be considered too over the top for some. I, however, really enjoyed it, and was impressed. After eighteen films, Marvel has really delivered, and as soon as I left the theater, I knew I couldn’t wait to see Avengers 4 (2019), which comes out until next year. I can’t say much else really, other than the fact that you should see this film for yourself.
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