#MovieReviewMondays: "Avengers: Infinity War"
"Avengers: Infinity War" was directed by the Russo brothers, and follows the titular superhero ensemble as they face the looming threat of the alien warlord Thanos (Josh Brolin).
After 10 years of Marvel films, everything and everyone we know comes together in this conglomerate, monumental event of a movie.
As usual, we will first delve into the things this movie does right. The sheer scale of the picture is massive. With dozens of characters and locations swarming the scenes, props have to be given to the Russo brothers, who succeed in interweaving nearly all of the journeys and plotlines over the course of the last 10 years.
While there isn’t a particular standout performance, every actor and actress on screen gives an emotional return in the fight-or-die situations of the story, with not one person lacking in depth and emotional ties.
Being a two-and-a-half-hour movie, you’d expect the pacing of this film to suffer due to its massive scale. However, to my genuine surprise, it doesn’t, which is a major feat accomplished.
Infinity War also fixes many of the past problems Marvel movies have suffered from over the years. The villain issue is essentially fixed, with Thanos being a true threat to the protagonists. The reliance on humor is also greatly toned down and doesn’t deviate from the story. And finally, the music truly adds the sense of dread and fear long-since missing from the MCU.
While the movie is a monumental achievement, there are still some flaws to discuss.
The CGI is good overall, but there are several scenes that appear rather cartoonish, and drain the atmosphere of any tension. Many scenes featuring Thanos tend to suffer from this problem.
There were also times when dialogue and banter came off as stilted and clunky. This is in no way the fault of the actors, but rather an issue with the screenplay.
My main concern, however, is the action. In most scenes, it comes across very well and genuine. However, the directors took an approach to filming the action scenes that is harming the overall action movie industry to this day, and that is shaky cam. In some instances, you cannot tell for the life of you what is going one, and while these scenes are rather short, they are nevertheless confusing.
Avengers: Infinity War is the event comic book and movie fans have been waiting for. Despite some setbacks in the filmmaking aspects, the characters we all know and love give it their all, and the positives completely outweigh the negatives, leading to a jaw-dropping conclusion that will stand the test of time for the superhero genre.