Avengers: Infinity War Second Opinion

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Posted May 1, 2018 by Aron Pohara in Movies

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc…

Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo

Released: 04/27/2018

Completely spoiler free Review!

Avengers: Infinity War is finally here. As many others have said, the pure ambitions of this movie are extremely tremendous: having to juggle all of those acts and actor personalities and make everything work. The Russo brothers have had a sort of prep test with Captain America: Civil War where they had a very similar task at hand and mostly succeeded.

Infinity War is a different animal as they have to juggle a ton of more characters, and the cracks in an armor are very visible. To be fair, no movie could have contained all of these characters in any time frame, so that the brothers manage some success is inspiring. There are certain characters that suffer, including some more surprising ones, and others that are probably given more screen-time than they deserve, but that’s all part of the balancing act with an ensemble movie like this.

Essentially, there are two movies in one here; one of them works wonders, the other not so much. When the focus is on the Avengers, the movie falls a bit flat on its head as it feels like everyone is kind of lost in what they are supposed to be doing. The Russos try to manage that with some story concepts that are somewhat interesting, but as I said, there are very obvious cracks in the armor. Certain team-ups work while others just don’t mesh well together.

And which characters you like in the solo movies is going to determine which pairings you like here.

Certain characters make some very questionable decisions that are only meant to progress the plot while other characters only show up to progress the plot. Fight sequences in this movie are numerous and most of them look great and not overly CGI, except a few characters that just looked off… which is a great prop to the effects team.

The movie is divided in two, and if the Avengers fall a bit flat, Thanos does not. He’s a great villain. It’s not because of his power or grand stature or that he is a purple alien, but because Josh Brolin brings such gravitas to the role that audiences can’t help but connect with the character. He raises the film to just above mediocrity, if just slightly.

Infinity War is a pretty film; its action packed and sometimes even emotional, but its leading to something that MIGHT have a payoff. It’s a movie that we’ll be judging once The Avengers Part 4 comes out next year. As it stands it’s a fun roller-coaster ride, but nothing else.


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