Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (NON SPOILER)
The wait for Avengers: Infinity War is officially over, and Thursday night previews are already promising for a record-breaking weekend. Being billed as the culmination of the past ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film follows all of the various Marvel superheroes teaming up against Thanos as he seeks to gain all of the infinity stones. The film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors behind Captain America: The Winter Solider and Captain America: Civil War, and the screenplay was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film, of course, sees a return for such cast favorites as Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, and Robert Downey, Jr. in addition to many others. Most notably we see approximately 25 of our heroes/favorite MCU characters throughout the film, and we finally get a full performance from Josh Brolin as the menacing Thanos. With a speculated budget of somewhere between $300-400 million, it is the most expensive movie that Marvel has ever made.
In the case of this non-spoiler review, it is a little difficult to give a comprehensive synopsis without introducing any spoilers. Based on the footage shown in the trailers and the end of Thor: Ragnarok, I can confirm that the beginning of the movie finds Thanos and the Black Order on Thor’s ship. They are there to retrieve the Tesseract, which contains one of the infinity stones, the space stone. With two stones retrieved, the rest of the film follows Thanos’ journey to retrieve the remaining stones and the fight that the Avengers and the Guardians put up to stop that from happening.
With no desire to spoil anything about the movie, I will simply say that I thought Avengers: Infinity War was incredible. The visuals, of course, were stunning. The storyline, while extremely packed, was engaging, and I sincerely loved all of the different character groupings that we experience with Thor and the Guardians providing some of my favorite moments. I literally experienced every single emotion while watching this film from devastating heartbreak to fits of laughter. The entire cast was amazing, and each character had a chance to shine, which is a feat in a film packed with at least 25 characters we know and love.
However, the true standout was the performance given by Josh Brolin as Thanos. He gave an emotional weight to all of Thanos’ actions, and between his performance and the writing of this character, Thanos lives up to the hype. He is not only an incredibly menacing character, but there are moments where the audience is able to empathize with his mission, even while vehemently disagreeing with it. This is truly Thanos’ movie, and everything the Russo brothers said about this being Thanos’ biopic was correct. I have seen several people already complaining about some of their favorite heroes not having a lot of screen time, which I understand, but the movie is also not primarily about them.
At the end of the day, I am not planning on saying a lot about Avengers: Infinity War because I think you need to experience it in the theater. This truly is a culmination of the past ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they manage to tie up some crazy story pieces that I never even considered beforehand. Thanos is the best villain we have ever had in the MCU, and I do believe he’ll remain in the top of best superhero villains ever in film. My advice: just go see it. Avoid spoilers at all cost, prepare yourself for some tough, emotional moments, and add watching Avengers: Infinity War to your to-do list for the weekend.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.