Rating : 4 / 5 stars
What’s it about?
Avengers : Infinity War is a superhero team up film from the Marvel stables directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and is a culmination of a story arc that has spanned eighteen films to date.
When the Avengers hear that Thanos, the mad titan is collecting the six Infinity Stones, the most powerful objects in the universe, in order to use them to unleash death and destruction upon all living creatures in the universe, they decide to team up together in order to stop him from achieving his fanatical goals. However, they soon realize that they are up against a foe more powerful and unlike any other villain that they have come across before. Do they manage to stop him? And at what cost? These are some of the questions that the film tries to explore.
One of the things that struck me while watching Avengers : Infinity Wars is that how close to reading a comic book this film was. The film has minimal exposition and dialogue and cuts to the chase right away, jumping from one spectacular action scene to the other, all the while making sure that the viewer understands what is at stake. The director duo of Joe and Anthony Russo do a great job in tying together the various story arcs of all the different characters so far and using it as a jumping off point into the Infinity Gems storyline. They also succeed in giving us the best villain the MCU has ever had in Thanos, the mad titan. This is essentially his film, his quest, his fanatical endeavor to do what he thinks is required to save the universe from death and decay. His actions leaves the entire Marvel universe that we have come to love in shambles by the end of the film, with all hope seemingly lost. How they take the story forward in the sequel will be interesting to see. The directors also succeed in pairing up the heroes with distinct personalities, which results in scenes comprising of terrific chemistry between the actors. All in all, probably the best superhero team up film to date!
The action points of the climactic battle does not always satisfy the viewer as far as some characters are concerned. While every major character gets that one moment to shine in the film, some of their story arcs feels underdeveloped and are there just for fan appeasement. Also, there is no one action sequence that really stands out like the airport scene in Captain America : Civil War. Also, the VFX in a couple of shots was a bit patchy. But these are small nitpicks in an otherwise rollicking film!
This is an ensemble film if there ever was one. All the actors do a stellar job in their respective roles, no one particular actor stands out and rightfully so. My personal favorites were Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man.
Every comic book nerds dream, this film is a must watch for all cinema lovers!