The third Avengers film may be one of the biggest films to ever hit cinema screens with characters all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally coming together to take on Thanos. But does Infinity War live up to the hype?
Firstly, this review contains major spoilers from the film, if you don’t want it to be spoiled for you, click away now.
Infinity War set the tone of the entire film within the first five minutes where Heimdall and much beloved Loki are killed off by Thanos. Being a massive Loki fan, this scene was heartbreaking due to the seeming redemption at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, but from a narrative sense, Loki’s final end was bound to come. However, I can’t help but feel that Loki’s presence for the rest of the film could have played a meddlesome role.
With this shocking introduction and emotional themes which continued throughout the course of the film, I felt there was a consistent balance between action and emotion which can be seen particularly after the ‘Snap’ where many of our heroes are seen turning to ash. The line spoken at these points are particularly emotional for example Bucky saying ‘Steve’ and Spider-Man’s dying words which are reminiscent of the 10th Doctor’s regeneration. This emotional theme was present before the film even started where much of the fan-base is aware that Vision will have to die for the Mind Stone to be destroyed/taken which made it even more heartbreaking to watch him die twice.
One major event I found particularly gripping was to see The Avengers lose as it shows the real threat that Thanos poses to them. Previously in the MCU, The Avengers had never lost so for them to be truly threatened set a very different tone to previous films.
Another element I liked was the unusual groupings of characters from across the MCU, many of whom hadn’t met before. For example Thor, Groot and Rocket was an interesting combination but it worked well as well as for Doctor Strange, Bruce Banner, Spider-Man and Wong.
From the start of the film, there was an overarching feeling that no one was safe and this
became particularly present when Thanos sacrifices Gamora to retrieve the soul stone. Not only is this heartbreaking to lose Gamora but was interesting to see that Thanos could ‘love’ and therefore creates him to be a layered villain which is essential for a film of this size. This scene felt especially foreboding as soon as the Red Skull starts talking of a price in which you could foresee what was going to happen before Thanos or Gamora really knew. Gamora’s flaw in this scene was believing Thanos couldn’t love.
Overall, Infinity War was brilliant and definitely lives up to the anticipation. Although characters were off in groups for the duration of the film, I feel that this worked well to make the film manageable due to the vast number of characters. This mainly worked due to the care and time put into making the previous MCU films over the past decade where the audience has already become familiar and attached to the characters. It is clear that this is essential when you compare to the train wrecks which are Suicide Squad and Justice League.
Overall I rate Infinity War 9/10.
Watch the trailer below