Review - Avengers: Infinity Wars
This review will only contain minor spoilers.
Last night I watched Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War. I was expecting to be disappointed after all the hype the film had generated but 12 hours after watching leaving the cinema I am still blown away by it.
I attended a near packed 18:30 showing of the film, and several of the people present admitted that this was the second or third time they had come to watch the film and I can see why. The film was a visual and storytelling triumph. The visual effects were near-flawless and the story arcs though sometimes a little constricted were nonetheless effective.
With over 26 main and supporting characters the film should have felt crowded and confused, however, this was not the case. The characters each had their own motivations and personalities which sometimes clashed in unexpected or humorous ways. During the first act of the film, we were introduced to the key players who were split into different groups each with their own clear and distinct mission.
The stakes in this film are higher than ever before. Gone are the days of our heroes battling for the survival of New York or a single planet. In Infinity Wars they are fighting for reality and the universe itself.
Within the two hours and forty minutes of run time, there is not a single dull moment and the film used humour very effectively (and generously) to take the edge off some of the darker moments. I have rarely heard so much genuine laughter in an audience as I heard last night.
If the first few acts elicited much genuine laughter from the audience the last act elicited several real tears. Without saying too much watching the hard choices characters are forced into and the fates they can't escape proved an emotionally painful experience.
In conclusion, while some of the character development and new partnerships did feel a little thin on the ground and some of the scenes could have been a little longer on the whole Infinity Wars succeeded in its mission to create one the most ambitious cross-over events ever made.