I was slightly scared going to the cinema on Friday to see Infinity War. This was my (and quite a few other people’s) most anticipated film of the year – a culmination of ten years of exceptional filmmaking. I have had a countdown for this going since I watched Black Panther. I bought my tickets (in 3D) about three days after they came out. My mother will testify that I have been talking about it non-stop, and bombarding her with all the latest news and theories. My very existence for the last 67 days has been leading up to this (excuse the melodrama).
By the time I was sitting down in my seat, watching the ads, I was very scared. What if it didn’t live up to my expectations? I was still in my uniform (having come straight from school) when the opening logos began. I hadn’t even started on my (own brand) popcorn yet.
What I’m trying to say is, I was not at all prepared to be absolutely blown away.
Now, how to do this section without giving away spoilers.
The plot of this film is quite… complex. The plot juggles all the different locations and characters with relative ease.
Another great thing about this film is that the stakes actually feel high. Often in Marvel films, it feels like there’s no danger to the heroes. The third-act battle plays out and it feels like a play. Not with this film. The film brilliantly builds up a sense of impending doom as Thanos tries to reach his goal, making sure that the audience doesn’t get too comfortable.
Obviously, quality does not equal quantity. Nevertheless, with about 40 recognised MCU characters in this film, this seems to be what they were going for, working with varying degrees of success. There are a lot of people who feel like they’re there to make up the numbers, and some of my favourite characters are reduced to cameo-level appearances. However, some characters get real character development in this film. Thor, for example, is in a very precarious position coming off Thor: Ragnarok, where his home, father, sister and hammer all ceased to be. We see him work through some stuff, and finally get a new weapon.
Another character who gets a lot of screentime is Thanos. Marvel seems to be fine-tuning their villains, with a run of Vulture (Spider-Man), Killmonger (Black Panther) and now the Mad Titan. Driven by grief, Thanos is a character that you can sympathise with and fear each in healthy doses. Although the extensive CGI makes it a bit hard for him to do facial expressions, Josh Brolin does a fantastic job with the character, who is (in my opinion) one of the best things about this film.
With a fast-paced plotline, engaging characters and a twist that will leave you on tenterhooks until the sequel next year, Avengers: Infinity War is a bold cinematic experiment that will have you laughing, crying, and on the edge of your seat throughout.