This is probably the most anticipated movie of the year and after ten years of seeing our heroes fighting bad guys and kicking ass of all kind this is the ultimate test.
When I went to see Infinity War I expected a dark and emotional movie epic that will be remembered at the great beginning of the end. Unfortunately that is not quite what we got.
Yes, in Infinity War our favorite superheroes team up. From the Guardians to the Avengers and even some foes are joining them in fighting the titan Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Before we get to the details and the crucial parts of this review let me give you a short plot summary.
As we all know after the events of Civil War the Avengers split up and are dispersed around the world. This is basically the main set up for the movies. After an assault on Thor and his ship Thanos sends his henchmen to earth to retrieve the the two Infinity Stones from Vision and Doctor Strange. Out of this a great action sequence evolves. After that three more stories evolve involving Thor trying to find a weapon to beat Thanos, the Guardians teaming up with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Spiderman (Tom Holland) to try and stop Thanos in combat and a storyline involving Captain America (Chris Evans) and Back Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and many other avengers trying to fight off Thanos’ troops.
I cannot possibly disclose anymore without spoiling any part of the movie.
All in all it is a pretty good action adventure.
But unfortunately that’s all it is “good”. It should be great but it isn’t. And here’s why, The storylines never really tie together and many of our greatest heroes came up short. Chris Evans has about a dozen lines and Scarlett Johansson even less. The movie is so packed with heroes and central characters that it is hard for them to ever really stand out. Another element that really made the movie difficult to watch were the comic relieve moments. They came at bad times and while they worked great in Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor they ruin the setting and the scenes here. I don’t anybody who doesn’t think Chris Pratt is one of the most popular actors at this time but it is hard to take him serious here. Sometimes it is hard to follow the story and other times you think why the fuck did he just do that, he coulda just done that and Thanos wouldn’t have the stone. There are so many scenes in this movie that could be potentially devastating and sad but aren’t simply because they are very predictable and not very well thought out and also the movie feels so rushed and jumps between action that we never get the full feeling of the situations. I think we all remember Yondu’s death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That was a well written scene that always brings me to tears but here the writers fail to capture that emotion and the deaths just seem meaningless. Especially because many franchise sequels were announced before hand.
Now lets get to the good stuff.
Obviously like in nearly every movie Marvel produces the CGI is really good here. Sure at times there are some minor flaws here and there but they are barley noticeable if you don’t know where to look. Every sequence from Thanos to the beautiful country of Wakanda is so beautifully made one just wants to live in it.
But the CGI is not the only good part about this movie. The acting especially by Downey Jr. , Brolin and Cumberbatch is very good. They take the scenes they are in and make them their own which makes the scenes which all three of them in it even more memorable. As already mentioned most of the remaining cast have limited roles and lines which unfortunately prevents from shining any more than necessary.
The story here while often predictable, is still entertaining enough to make us want continue.
The Russo brothers, who already directed the last to installments of Captain America, are not too much on point here. While there are some great shots and directing decisions throughout the movie there is also many peculiar ones. The directing feels rushed and hasty. There is rarely a build up scene that leads to a conclusion or a breakthrough. A lot of the movie often cuts betweens scenes in a strange manner. Often we see scenes back to back that we don’t wanna see when we finally get a well cut sequence it doesn’t last long.
For all the mistakes in directing the cinematography does a better job. There are a few scenes where the camera pans or hovers or simply zoom’s out in such an intense manner that it makes us understand the planet by just showing us all the details. Unfortunately the battle scenes are less well done. Often we have quick shots and cuts that just skip from character to character and make no sense at all.
After all that said I want to end on a positive note.
While the Avengers: Infinity War is not the movie everyone expected, it still is an entertaining peace of art and a lot fun to watch all the characters together. If you don’t care about cinematic elements and just care for action and some forced funniness this movie is for you. I don’t know about you but for me it is always fun to watch what new types of weapons and creation Tony can come up with and how he integrates them in his suit.
All in all I think this a well made movie that has many flaws but it is still fun too watch.