Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)

Infinity War

If you were to ask me where Infinity War stood on my top 10 MCU films list, I wouldn’t be able to definitively answer. While I’m sure that this epic deserves a spot in the top 10 and will most likely earn a spot in my top 10, there’s simply too much to digest and reflect on. Avengers: Infinity War feels like a third act throughout its entire run time; something that might weigh the final product down due to the tension and weight of so many characters. But does it crumble?

No. Infinity War delivers the action and grand-scale stakes that fans have been waiting for since the announcement of production. This time, the Avengers must prevent a galactic villain by the name of Thanos, known for destroying planets, from obtaining all 6 Infinity Stones. From the very beginning, Thanos becomes the most terrifying villain the MCU has ever put-forth. What’s so amazing about this character is that he believes that what he is doing, wiping out half of all life in the known universe, is the morally correct option for everyone’s salvation. He does have a moral center much like another MCU baddie we’ve recently seen (Killmonger).

Still of Thanos

As far as our heroes go, the standout performances for me come from: Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Guardians, Thor, and of course, Thanos. While the other characters are still relevant and every superhero gets their moment, I can’t help but feel as if some characters and their storylines got brushed over. I also realize that the Russo bros did the best that they could with as many characters as they were juggling. But let me make something clear: this is Thanos’ movie and he is the main character.

Cap and Wakanda

Besides the film glossing over some characters and storylines, another qualm I have with the movie is the score by Alan Silvestri. With a movie as cinematic and as thick as this one, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed by the score; other than “The Avengers Theme” I didn’t even notice the music. Music is crucial to any movie’s success and while I will need a second viewing to give an articulate opinion on the subject, upon first viewing I didn’t gain much from it.

Now for the real knocker of the film: the visuals. While not all VFX were spot on, the way the Russo brothers captured some key moments was nothing short of breathtaking. Compared to the other films in the MCU, Infinity War feels, looks, and progresses with the purpose of being cinematic. Scenes are set beautifully and tracking shots allow for our favorite characters to be viewed in a different light: sometimes broken and defeated. And don’t worry, Infinity War is chalk full of surprises from beginning to end; everyone will benefit from seeing this movie more than one time.

Tony Stark

So that’s it. There you go! What more can I possibly say? Other than the contrived, “See this film as soon as humanly possible,” there’s really not much else I can offer. You may find that the lack of screen time for any one particular character will shatter the overall experience for you. Infinity War, much like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, takes many risks and might not payoff for some; for me, it did. Be on the lookout for our video review and breakdown in the coming days on our YouTube channel and be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to it as well. We will also be doing a full spoiler review exclusively for our patrons. Go out to your nearest theatre and SUPPORT this cast and crew!

Author: Jared Charles

I am the owner of The Burrow Reviews. Currently studying Film, English, Political Science, and Gender Studies.

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