Avengers: Infinity War

Kai Christiansen, A&E Editor

  Avengers: infinity War is the most recent film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the climax of a 10 year storyline; a series which, despite a few duds, has been an overall above average series.
Before watching this film, I contemplated skipping it due to a two and a half hour runtime, and a history of dodgy pacing in Marvel movies. As per usual, the film has a few pacing issues, mainly being Thor’s subplot of traveling to a star for a new weapon, and the relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch, but I didn’t feel the length entirely.
Aside from pacing issues, I really don’t have an problems with the film, in fact, I have a lot of respect for it. This is a film that’s been 10 years in the making (although that number is probably around 5), and all the copycats (DC, the DUCU) have failed to pull something like this off.
Moreover, this film does not follow a traditional three act structure, and instead feels like multiple different b-stories combined into a conglomerate story. The fact that Marvel not only pulled this off, but did it without being very noticeable, is quite astonishing. Marvel could have taken the safe route with this by smashing all the Avengers together and have everyone punch a big, purple testicle, instead, characters were separated, with some never seeing each other for the entire film.
  Another hurdle this movie jumped was that of Thanos. Marvel movie villains often have one of two motivations; kill everyone or unlimited power. Thanos had neither of these. When his backstory is revealed to the audience, his motivations become clear. Thanos is a psychopath who believes what he is doing is right, yes it’s a little cliched, but it was so refreshing to get character motivation in a Marvel movie.
  Josh Brolin carries the cast, bringing life into a CGI, muscular Grimace; his voice is perfect for Thanos. Every member of the cast gets a moment to shine, except Elisabeth Olson and Paul Bettany, whose characters are as weak as Jack Skellington’s bones are thick.
  Honestly, the worst parts of the movie (pacing issues and poor characterization) are all at fault of the writing. The dialogue is rough between most characters, the best parts being James Gunn’s uncredited writing for the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  On the opposite side of the spectrum, the writing is good. Most character’s have motivation, and the story has weight and consequences, which was something new for a Marvel film. The overall tone of the movie is quite depressing, and dark compared to previous films Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther.
Visually, this film is spectacular, all because of the visual effects. The locations and fights look fantastic, and Thanos’ mannerisms are capture perfectly. There were a few moments, mainly at the beginning, where Thanos’ interaction with non-CGI characters looked poorly done, but the look and feel of sets and characters were all great. From a cinematography standpoint, it’s all fine, there was nothing that made my jaw drop or left me in awe, but it wasn’t bad.
Overall, Avengers: Infinity War is an enjoyable summer blockbuster that takes risks and succeeds. Although not the best Marvel film, I’m genuinely looking forward to what they do next.