I Hope they Remember You
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of an entire decade’s worth of build-up and anticipation following in the wake of over 18 movies. In short, it’s all been leading up to this and whilst it delivers for the most part, it leaves you asking questions and wanting more.
Infinity War is a monolithic ensemble piece that does a lot more than serve as a bookend for the planned phases, as the prior Avengers movies did. The film heartily stands on its own and tells a streamlined yet thorough story following Thanos’ journey to collect all the infinity gems.
Thanos is, in a strange way, the main protagonist of this story and throughout the runtime we see how all his efforts come together to attempt to achieve his goals. It’s a clever twist on convention and I believe it was the best way to set the stage in such immense fashion, given just how many leading characters appear throughout.
You would expect that with such a long movie and containing so many different main characters such as Captain America, Black Panther, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor to name a few, that everything would be a jumbled mess of convulsion and confusion that just would not flow properly. Well, as mentioned earlier, having Thanos be the main tentpole keeps everything connected whilst allowing every character to have their moments.
There’s little character progression here for anyone, but I would argue against its necessity as we have had whole trilogies of solo movies and set ups for these heroes with Infinity War being the climactic payoff. This film rewards you for your prior knowledge of the back catalogue.
The movie is beautifully shot, wonderfully directed and has a breakneck sense of scale and pace that lasts throughout. It’s a relentless ride that never lets the viewer catch their breath and fills its lengthy, almost three-hour runtime with memorable moments and a fair amount of shock and awe.
Whilst it is tonally inconsistent, there are reasons for this that prevents scenes causing whiplash. The Guardians, Iron Man’s group and Thor all have their own arcs and styles that suit their purpose in the narrative and play to the strengths of everyone on-screen. When the Guardians are on-screen, it feels like a GotG movie, amplified all the more with how they are introduced for example. The only other way the directors and writers could have keep a flat tone would be to water down everyone to a standard uniform cut out and not what made them unique in the first place.
That said, the movie does fall victim to similar things to plague even the best MCU movies; the score, aside from the main theme, is largely forgettable and the reliance on yet another massive CGI army fight scene draining the run time like it did in the other Avengers movies, and other Marvel films, tended to drag on and be dis-interesting.
The main hook of the film is Thanos and I can confidently say that he delivers on everything that you would expect for five years of build-up since his after-credits scene. He is menacing, cold, calculated and fearsomely powerful and is one of the better villains in the MCU and easily the biggest threat out of any of them. We go through his story-arc and see this major conflict evolve from all sides and as such, this stops Thanos just feeling like yet another evil bad guy who wants to take over the world. He has a plan, It’s systematic and in his mind fair, and his motivation actually make sense given the background of him.
The performances here are stellar from the entire cast with no one phoning it in, the stakes are higher than they have ever been and everyone on-screen accurately portrays that sense of impending dread whilst also finding time to show off their clashing personalities with each other. The fight scenes with Thanos are all creative and get increasingly more detailed and descriptive as the might of more characters try to stop him on his quest. It’s nothing short of a visual spectacle and something I was very fortunate to see for the first time in IMAX 3D.
But how does everything payoff? Well, again without giving any major details away, It’s the first part of duology. There’s still so much to delve into regarding how everything is going to pan out, and to digest all the major events of this movie in general. As such, any main spoiler content and speculation will be discussed at another time.
To summarise, It’s a solid movie and I will more than likely have to watch it a few more times before I catch every detail, yet it leaves me wanting more. For Part 1 however, Infinity War left me largely satisfied. I never wanted the film to end and my investment throughout the movie was always high. These are characters I have a big attachment to and when the fate of the entire universe is at stake, you want to see how everything plays out.
Ultimately, that’s why something this epic leaves me at a loss for words without wanting to delve into spoiler territory. It’s a great film truly, but I just can’t give a solid opinion of the whole story because we only got half of it. It was pay-off to build up spanning ten years, and now it ends as build up for what Marvel are promising will be a true definitive ending for the MCU as we know it. Time will tell, but one thing is for certain, I’ll remember this movie, and I can’t say that about some of the other entries in the franchise.