After the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers remain fractured into two separate factions. However, nothing could prepare both sides for the biggest threat they’ve ever faced: the mad-titan Thanos who will stop at nothing to claim the Infinity Stones and subjugate the universe.
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When a series regular gets killed off before the opening credits, you know they're not fucking around. Not that Marvel would ever foreswear comedic "fucking around" completely, but this carries the tentpole rarity of stakes you feel. It renews focus on being a pop epic whenever it threatens to settle for Marvel's Superhero Cavalcade Revue of 2018, and has quite a cliffhanger. Let's just hope they know how to end it.
Infinity War is fine entertainment and another solid entry in the MCU. Thanos is a great antagonist & his character's authoritarianism reveal Infinity War to be a timely film in its anti-fascist themes. Although it suffers from essentially being half a movie (it stops in its tracks to pause for the next one) as well as being incredibly uneven, it's an immensely satisfying film as Marvel begins to bring it all home.
This is one epic ass motion picture. Marvel packs in as much as it can into two and a half hours and at times it might feel overwhelming but it is a well crafted adventure epic with some great comedy and action and Josh Brolin really shines as Thanos here, proving yet again that you can give a great performance under CGI.
Face it, right now there's probably some 13 year-old kid who's just discovering Nirvana. That said: would you want him to start with that 'Greatest Hits' comp from 2002 or a proper album? "Infinity War" is like that Greatest Hits comp, the bane of the true music lover. No matter your favorite character, there's about 5-10 minutes in this movie that will make you happy, but nothing approaching narrative cohesion.
Everyone in Infinity War: "If Thanos gets all the stones he can snap his fingers and wipe out half of the universe." ________________________________________
Thanos: *Actually snaps his fingers to wipe out half the universe* ________________________________________
Me: Oh... It wasn't figurative.
Underneath the over-reaching attempt to bring depth to an insane number of main characters is a very simple plot. Instead of the Tesseract, the McGuffin of limitless power are the Infinity Stones. Thanos seeks domination, the protagonists are those who fight against him, the antagonist (Thanos) is more powerful than previous nemeses. Cue: visceral spectacle. As you can tell, I'm not the core demographic for this.
An extraordinary achievement: to so skillfully balance all those tones and characters (astonishingly, everyone gets their moment), while delivering a funny, exciting and - gosh darn it - *emotional* story is nothing short of miraculous. It genuinely feels like the crescendo of 18 (!) previous instalments coming to a peak. And for once, both the third act and the villain are solid. Blockbuster cinema at its finest.