Avengers: Infinity War

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Avengers: Infinity War

Summer arrives early in the frenetic, emotionally hollow first chapter of Marvel's epic cross-franchise concoction.

First, a bit of prophecy spoken by an evil mastermind in 2004’s ‘The Incredibles’: ‘And when everyone’s super… no one will be.’ Welcome to that endgame achieved: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – an overstuffed sausage of summer entertainment – is the ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ of spandexed heroism, if you can imagine a version of that movie with two times as many Brad Pitts and no poker dealers. Combining the casts of 'The Avengers’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ may have sounded like genius alchemy to studio scientists who think of filmgoing as one-stop shopping. But in practice, it results in a stream of in-fighting for alpha-dog dominance, everyone trying to make what amounts to a cameo stick. ‘There’s an ant man and a spider-man?’ asks Mark Ruffalo’s exasperated Bruce Banner – and that’s before you’ve made him Hulk-angry.

Aptly titled, the nearly three-hour ‘Infinity War’ pours on the action – some of it grandly operatic, some of it breezy and fun – but mainly, it’s about a big purple goon on a bling quest. Genocidal Thanos (Josh Brolin, ready to grumble) hopes to collect six Infinity Stones for his Pandora bracelet and thereby enact a purge of ‘half of humanity’. Helpfully, the script does this for him: Depopulated New York City streets and the near-abstract grasslands of fictional Wakanda are perfect settings for battles with zero collateral damage—and zero human emotional stakes. In their place, we get showdowns over tactics: Asgardian bro (Chris Hemsworth) versus Star-Lordian bro (Chris Pratt); arrogant billionaire (Robert Downey Jr.) versus arrogant dark-arts beardo (Benedict Cumberbatch). When Peter Dinklage shows up as a lumbering giant with a smeltery, it feels like the movie has suddenly been whisked away by Terry Gilliam (if only).

It’s hard to give sibling co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (makers of the thornier 'Captain America' films) any credit – or blame, really – for steering a product that’s been so corporately fine-tuned. They toggle dutifully between million-dollar quips and Wrestlemania smackdowns, and when they find room for a vista of galactic stillness, it’s not out of any inspired vision so much as the need for air. You’ll cheer the arrival of your favorite characters (my biggest whoo-hoo came with ‘Black Panther’’s ever-furious warrior woman Okoye, played by Danai Gurira). Yet the final moments ‘Infinity War’ are disquieting: Suddenly, a film that, mathematically speaking, has only been about addition learns how to divide. Inevitably, some of these Avengers are going to be swept into the dustbin, and many of them are. No spoilers here, but all it takes is a peek at forthcoming sequels to know that death is temporary. Only franchise-building is infinite.

By: Joshua Rothkopf

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Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Thursday April 26 2018
Duration: 149 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast: Robert Downey Jr.
Chris Hemsworth
Benedict Cumberbatch
Scarlett Johansson
Josh Brolin
Chadwick Boseman

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Tastemaker

Loved it.

Action pack, comedy and drama mixed together on one of the best marvel films ever.

You will not be disappointed.

tastemaker

Does not disappoint!!!


If you love Action .... you'll be happy


If you love Comedy ....you'll be happy


If you love SciFi ..... you'll be happy


Everything you have come to expect when going to an MCU Movie is provided in a nice 3 hr box!


tastemaker

Awwww man!!!!!

What a movie!!!! The best of all the avenger movies in my opinion. Action from beginning to end!! And extremely humourous with an array of great characters you would have seen in previous marvel movies!!!

The only thing I will say is that there is a deep hiccup or more so frustration waiting for you at the end... Prepared to be prepared!! Haha

I dont want to give anything away but it is a great movie and a must watch

tastemaker

I really enjoyed this epic film- more than I thought I would. It is clearly full of action, heroism and some plots you didn't see coming. All in all a great movie to watch but be prepared for a lengthy 2 hours and 40 minutes. I suggest watching some of the other Marvel films prior as you need an understanding of each character before watching Infinity Wars. There is so much going on you don't get a clear insight into the characters so best to have a movie marathon before heading to the cinema. I enjoyed making connections between characters and figuring out who knows who and how. I'm not going to give away anymore as I don't want to spoil the film. 

tastemaker

At the time of writing this film has broken global opening weekend revenues and with such a heavyweight cast of actors it’s no surprise.


You don’t need to haves watched all 18 movies leading up to this from the original Iron Man as there are a few explainers in the movie. I had probably seen about 5 and I think I got a lot of the references. With a galaxy of superheroes there is no time for character development but there is worthwhile villain in Thanos.


The action scenes are epic and there are sadly quite a few departures. The stand out humour in this Marvel production also differentiates itself from the grim DC universe.


Watch out for Stan Lee again.

Tastemaker

I am not normally one to watch superhero movies, but as there was nothing else on that we wanted to see, we went to see this film in 3D.


The general basis of the story is that various superheroes are chilling out in normal life with nothing to do until King Tut out of the original 60s Batman TV series and his sidekick Nigel Farage (boo) start a campaign to collect the full set of 6 really important stones which will give him the ultimate superpowers.  All the superheroes need to get together to fight him.  Some of them are not on speaking terms (maybe after what happened in one of the other 500+ Marvel films), but they put aside their differences as they realise that Ted Rogers (he could have brought dusty bin with him :-( ) and his gang are needed to help win the day.  There are a multitude of different superheroes, the vast majority of which I've never heard of, so don't know if they've been made especially for this film, or are actual Marvel characters.


There is a lot of fighting and it does go on a bit too long (1hr 40m would have been better), but I enjoyed it more than I had expected


I love it when 'TO' 3-stars a film. It usually means it's worth seeing! Incredible to think that these same reviewers where high in their praise of the previous Marvel efforts. I was pleasantly surprised, despite its length how engrossed I was in this work. At times it is quite beautiful to look at & there's at least some redemption for the terribly wasted movie outing of Dr. Strange. The best lines are reserved for TGOTG crew, but there's a genuine maturity at the helm here. I was expecting a mess of characterisations and in some ways that is true. But ultimately this is a better film than 'Ultron' & perhaps the equal of 'Civil War'.