Avengers: Infinity War

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is so huge it has been split in two. You can’t accuse Marvel Studios on not going all out on delivering a spectacle. Based on the Marvel Comics series, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is gargantuan in scope. That’s appropriate for such a popular series of movies that has earned an untold fortune. It has cost a mint to make with a cast of thousands pushing the budget into the stratosphere. Subtlety isn’t something this movie has but it is high on entertaining escapism only a big bucket of cash can buy.

Thanos (Josh Brolin) is a despotic alien determined to collect the fabled Infinity Stones. Allowing the user to control the universe, the stones’ power is frightening. Only the Avengers can stop him. Unfortunately the once fabled team has come undone due to various internal conflicts. Its members, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jnr), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), aim to reunite and defeat the new menace. Every hero known to humanity and beyond is called to face the foe in the ultimate clash of the titans.

Directed with energetic flair by the Russo Brothers, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ embraces the word ‘epic’. At nearly 3 hours there’s a lot to get through but it does with style. Its biggest plus is that despite the sprawling run-time, the pacing rarely sags. Whilst there are moments where the many characters can ‘breathe’, there are rarely any dull spots with the action sequences as spectacular as hoped. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ has promised a lot and generally delivers which is largely thanks to the tightly written script and direction.

No one performer stands out as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is an ensemble piece. All contribute effectively with the thrill of seeing their well-known characters interact with each other palatable. In Thanos, the series has a sense of menace rarely seen with the villain’s motives easily understood as is the overall plot. The cinematography is gorgeous with comic book colour springing to life. The surprises it brings are genuine with the pay-offs to long-standing story elements welcome.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is what you’d expect from a monstrous production. It successfully moves the films along without turning into a confusing mess. Marvel Studios have been careful with their movies as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ shows. It whets the appetite for what’s to come with further superhero mayhem as certain as the morning sunrise.

Rating out of 10: 8

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