"Avengers: Infinity War" Film Review
By: Nathaniel Simpson
After 18 films and over 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally arrived at the first half of its magnum opus: "Avengers: Infinity War". This beautifully heartbreaking superhero film is action-packed, jaw-dropping, breathtakingly amazing, and is one of the best Marvel films ever made in cinema history.
While our main heroes have been fighting other forces that threaten both Earth and the Universe, the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) has been hatching his plan all along to collect all six infinity stones. Once he has these magical stones in his golden gauntlet, he can snap his fingers, wiping out half of existence.
When learning of his evil plan, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) is sent back to Earth, and tries to persuade Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to help him join the fight against the evil Titan. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) comes into play, we are now facing an Avengers level threat, which will force him and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to fight on the same side after not talking for years. They will also need the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who Thor recruits to help them fight the biggest villain they have ever faced so far.
This film, from start to finish, is a masterpiece in the superhero genre. This movie has everything you would ever want in a superhero film - awesome heroes, terrifying villains, huge and extensive fight sequences, humorous and heartbreaking scenes, etc. This film grips you in a way that the other MCU films haven't. We are drawn in to the story and are anticipating every single thing that is happening.
With the exception of Hawkeye and a few other minor heroes, this movie consists of every hero we have come to love in the past ten years. We have gone a long way from the first "Avengers" film, which only consisted of six of the major heroes. This movie is so big and so ambitious that it is impossible to imagine that Joe and Anthony Russo can pull it off, but I personally think they pulled it off excellently, giving the perfect amount of screen time to every character necessary.
Just when we think we know where this film is heading, it flips the genre's expectations on its head, doing something that no other superhero movie has done before. It is this shocking twist in the last few minutes of this movie that makes it so heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. This is the first time in a Marvel movie where I was left speechless as the credits rolled, wondering where the franchise is going to go from here. THAT is what makes a great film, and therefore makes a great franchise even better.
I will stand by the defense that this is one of the best superhero movies ever made, and I would even go as far as to put it in my top 3 superhero films. Every aspect about this movie is perfect, and even its flaws are minimal when compared to everything this film does right. The only complaint I had back then, when I finished watching this film for the first time in theaters, is how long I would have to wait till we get the conclusion to the Infinity Saga.