There comes a time when a film is so large it feels more like an event than a motion picture. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part II” are just a two examples of massive anticipation and fan excitement all jumbled into a project. While Marvel has had prior event films like “Captain America: Civil War” and “The Avengers”, none have come close to the sheer volume of “Avengers: Infinity War”. Although there have been prior franchises that have been popular amongst mainstream audiences, very few have reached the magnitude of the MCU- where the common moviegoer is up to speed with most installments. With this in mind, the film had a lot riding on its shoulders, and boy did it deliver.
Most of the anticipation was derived from the cast as the movie boasts a roster well over 20 returning characters from prior MCU films. Just about everyone gets a chance to shine; some more than others. The interactions between one another is not just the selling point, but one of the most successful elements of Infinity War. We get to witness interactions between characters who have never crossed paths together, making for some truly hilarious instances and popcorn shove in your face moments of dialogue. Having a theater packed with a familiarized audience makes for an even greater experience during these types of situations, as well as the anguish felt due to the raised stakes.
The writing of the film might be the strongest of the MCU for it manages to tell a cohesive story that jumps from one location to the next throughout the entire movie- a monumental achievement as it doesn’t lose your interest or cause confusion. On top of that, Infinity War continues the recent tradition of well-written villains with Thanos. Instead of another villain who is out for destruction simply because of it, Thanos’s unique moral compass is what drives his goal of obtaining all six infinity stones. The depth of his inner struggles and desires make up the foundation of the film, to the point that it can be said Infinity War is a narrative of Thanos himself. With the focus of Thanos, a few heroes have less screen time or importance than some fans would prefer; but a valid sacrifice when keep run time and the overall flow in mind.
Aside from few shots of noticeable green screen, and obviously CGI’d suits, the visuals are stellar; most notably Thanos who looks like he is an actual living purple being. His larger than life physique and stature looks great, but the emotional and facial structure, thanks to top of the line motion capture technology, adds to the realism. There are some truly breathtaking moments of visual fan service as pages are directly ripped from the source material and thrown onto the big screen- placing gargantuan grins on the faces of hardcore fans. That being said there’s a minor gripe to be discussed. The cinematography in some instances diminish the visual enjoyment of a few sequences as the fast paced movement becomes a somewhat blurry mess.
Though “Avengers: Infinity War” isn’t a perfect movie, it manages to pack a punch with a large cast, exciting moments and a surprisingly effective screenplay that is beyond the envisioned expectation of a story 10 years in the making. It’s a movie that honors the films and source material that has come before and marks a journey of the MCU’s future. If there’s one movie to experience in a theater this year “Avengers: Infinity War” is it.
***If you don’t know by now to stay for the post-credit scene then shame on you.***