“We’ve got one advantage, he’s coming to us. We have what Thanos wants, so that’s what we use,” says Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) to Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and a few other new allies as they get ready to try to take on the worst villain they’ve gone up against yet, Thanos (Josh Brolin), in the highly-anticipated superhero film, Avengers: Infinity War.
The Avengers were created to protect the world from threats the official authorities could not handle. This time it will not only take the Avengers but also a few new friends to work together to go up against the worst threat the world – and the universe – has ever faced. His name is Thanos, originally from Titan. Thanos is obsessed with keeping things in balance and he believes the universe needs to be put back into balance by wiping out half of it.
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) warns Quill and the other Guardians of the Galaxy that if Thanos gets hold of all six of the Infinity Stones (small artifacts of incredible power), he’ll be able to destroy the universe with the snap of his fingers. Tony Stark comes to the same realization when Dr. Strange and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) bring him up to speed about the Universe’s cosmic big baddy.
From all around the globe and even from space, the Avengers – old, new, and on the run – are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his army in Wakanda to battle Thanos and his loyal army. They must throw everything they’ve got into preventing Thanos from getting the Infinity Stones in order to save the earth and the universe from certain doom.
Epic, exhilarating, and at times humorous, Avengers: Infinity War is an extremely ambitious and enjoyable film. It gathers almost all the Marvel superheroes, as well as a few villains, into this one huge story that the Marvel franchise has been building up to for the last 10 years. The cast is pitch perfect and it helps that so many of the actors, including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlet Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Evans, are reprising the characters they originated years ago when the franchise was just starting out. These performers have made the characters their own and make it impossible to imagine anyone else portraying these beloved heroes.
It’s Josh Brolin, however, who truly shines and dominates the film as the evil space lord Thanos bent on collecting the Infinity Stones. Even through all the CGI effects and make-up, Brolin brings to life on the screen a complex entity who believes his mission is pure, his quest is just, and death on a large scale is actually him showing mercy. Still, there’s a small amount of feeling and emotion in the character of Thanos, especially toward one of the characters, that Brolin brings alive subtly but believably.
The action scenes, which there are an abundance of, are fast-paced and impressive. Especially thrilling is the fight between Thanos and Team Iron Man, a team consisting of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Quill, Dr. Strange, and Drax (Dave Bautista). The special effects are excellent and the musical score by Alan Silvestri adds emotion and energy, truly enhancing the emotional impact of the scenes.
With stirring action, solid performances, witty one-liners, and a dark, ominous tone, Avengers: Infinity War is one of the best films in the Marvel series. It’s the Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel franchise. Don’t miss it.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references
Running Time:156 minutes
Release Date: April 27, 2018
Directed By: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo