It has been a decade since the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born, starting with the original Iron Man movie in 2008. Since then Marvel has become the standard-bearer for not only quality comic-book films, but for action-adventure films in general; and their tenth-anniversary effort, Avengers: Infinity War, is a near perfect culmination of the eighteen hugely-entertaining films that preceded it.
One would think that as a life-long comic-book fan I would not be at a loss for words to describe how epic and exciting this film is, but it is beyond epic. It’s the epic-est of the epic, the grandest of the grand and bigger than all the life in the universe – well, bigger than half of all life anyway.
I can’t remember a film I’ve seen that has a bigger or better ensemble cast than Avengers: Infinity War and I can’t immediately think of any other movie that has as many laughs and tears and edge-of-your-seat excitement as does this stone-cold spectacular.
Directed by the wunderkind siblings Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War) and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – not to mention the original comic creators, including: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, George Pérez, Ron Lim, Steve Ditko and Jim Starlin – this film is as tight and flawless as they come – especially considering the complex plot and enormous cast of beloved characters involved.
If you’ve kept up with most of the Marvel films then you are already aware of the heroes and villains involved, but new and notable is the “Mad Titan,” Thanos, played brilliantly by Josh Brolin (and, to be fair, an army of special effects artisans.)
The Infinity Stones and Thanos’ quest for them has been a running subplot for many of the Marvel movies, and in this one the cosmic bad-guy just might fulfill his goal of conquering the universe and laying waste to half its population – for what are arguably (by him, not me) good reasons.
The quantity of colorful and thrilling characters to keep track of here is almost as daunting a task as not giving away any spoilers; but the Russo brothers break the action into logical pieces (that may or may not be allegoric to the different Infinity Stones’ powers themselves) and it’s actually pretty easy to hold onto this crazy rollercoaster, despite some incredible twists and turns.
You are doing yourself a huge favor if you see this film as soon as you can and, in the meantime, dodge any and all discussion of it with anyone who has already seen it. Even if you are tempted to learn the secrets of Avengers: Infinity War in advance, “Yibambe” (hold fast), this is a once in a life-time film that should be seen on the biggest screen possible and with as much foreknowledge about it as you can avoid.
This is a smart, thought-provoking and endlessly entertaining movie that, when you stop to think about it, is almost as monumental an achievement as the Hoover Dam or the Hadron Collider – seriously; Marvel has ironically created one of the greatest man-made marvels ever and the only fault I can assign it is that we’ve got to wait a full year to see the conclusion (the untitled sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.)
Avengers: Infinity War grade: 10/10
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