Review | Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
- Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin
Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most expected movies of the decade, the beginning of the culmination of a very ambitious and monumental project, in which there are lighter moments with jokes on-point flowing side-by-side with shocking, dramatic and powerful moments that express the idea that there are consequences and that no one is safe from the tyranny of Thanos.
This is the culmination of a decade of films, the beginning of the very end of one of the longest and most ambitious projects in the history of cinema and at the same time, a landmark and a significant challenge for Marvel Studios. It was all coming down to this, the release of multiple films a year, ever since Iron Man, and this is where all the greatness and the full potential of multiple characters are put to the test to defeat a villain with a build-up that comes from the very first Avengers, and promises to shake the universe as never seen. A monumental challenge, I must say with enthusiasm, was overcome. What is remarkable, when facing all of the limitations and evident difficulties that arise with a project of this magnitude.
There are dozens of superheroes with different personalities, scattered across various places in a timeline that has been gaining speed and course especially in this third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And all this separated elements, with different ideals and ambitions, caused a bit of discomfort and raised doubts about the legitimacy and potential of the possible script. However, the mere fact that the Russian brothers and the rest of the technical team were able to produce an authentic entertainment spectacle that meets the expectations of fans and simultaneously creates interesting challenges for the end of the story, is the demonstration of the results of all the hard work of a decade with dozens of productions.
Another amazing thing about the film is the pace. Oh god, Avengers: Infinity War is a truly non-stop film, in which we are being lead from place to place with different characters that meet and team up throughout the movie, a really cool approach to place simultaneously all of these characters and allowing them to shine with their best traits and characteristics. In the end, everyone is gathered for a common purpose, to find out how to defeat the most powerful villain of the universe, Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. Thanos, which has been presented ever since the first Avengers, is possibly the most well designed villain of the entire MCU, complex and with its own personality and motivations that carry his immense ambition to save the universe, by extinguishing half of its life. Brolin is terrific, and the devastating effect of Thanos is present in the film in a way that it makes us believe that for the first time the risk is real, even though there are some lighter and funnier moments (especially when Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy come together on the screen) that attenuate the dark and dangerous tone that the film acquires.
Perhaps the darkest film of the entire universe, to date, it is very curious to see how the Russian brothers found harmony between the darkest and heavier moments, while being able to maintain the identity of the ever-present Marvel universe. It’s easy to feel empathy and doubt towards Thanos, a kind of misunderstood villain, a special character in the universe, and the villain that Marvel was looking for so long and that made all the difference, offering some of the monumental moments of the film.
Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most expected movies of the decade, the beginning of the culmination of a very ambitious and monumental project, in which there are lighter moments with jokes on-point flowing side-by-side with shocking, dramatic and powerful moments that express the idea that there are consequences and that no one is safe from the tyranny of Thanos. And even with some flaws in the plot that will likely be resolved with the continuity of history, leaving loose ends and with the struggle to take advantage of so many characters and personalities on the screen, the greatness of Thanos and the epic action moments make Avengers: Infinity War a terrific entertainment spectacle with a non-stop pace, that leaves an ambitious mark for the next chapters.