I know, I know, I know. Avengers: Infinity War came out over a month ago and has made over $2 billion dollars worldwide. I get it, you don't need this very outdated review to tell you to go see this film. While I saw this film opening night, I found myself holding back on sitting down and putting my thoughts down on how I felt about this film. I knew I enjoyed it and many others would enjoy Infinity War too. Some scenes in this film are without a doubt some of the best scenes Marvel has ever put on the big screen. So why the hesitation on publishing my thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War I guess comes down to not wanting to give into impulses when reviewing greatness.
If you have visited this site before, chances are that you've read one of the many articles I wrote looking back at the MCU in The MCU Countdown. Long story short, all of films inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe have all lead up to this event of Thanos and the Infinity Stones. While the project was a fun one, I mainly did the project believing that there would be plenty of callbacks to previous films inside of Infinity War. What else would you expect with ten years of investment and storytelling? While I was not surprised at all of the moments that linked back to prior films, I was shocked by how many references there were to Marvel films.
Avengers: Infinity War might be the first Marvel film that moviegoers will find themselves lost in if they've never seen a Marvel movie before this one. Even if you've seen over half of them, if you've missed out on films such as Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 chances are you'll be leaning to the friend next to you asking for a quick catchup lesson of what the characters have been up to. Surprisingly, the aftermath of Spider-Man: Homecoming does not play a big part into this film and it feels natural that it shouldn't. Many of the ramifications of that film only affected the live of Peter Parker himself and not the overall MCU. While I enjoyed watching these investments pay off, you must look through the eyes of a fan who might not remember or understand where these connections are made. All I hope is that those moments within the film did not hurt their enjoyment.
As far as pace and storytelling, The Russo Brothers and the team at Marvel did the near impossible of cramming nearly every Marvel superhero ever created into a two-and-a-half-hour movie without making the film feel cramped, chaotic, or disorganized. I love the pacing of the film as the films and how it puts the pedal to the metal. While the movie is fast, it cruises on from plot point to plot point giving you enough time to enjoy each and every moment but knowing when the time has come to move on to keep the story progressing. I know it might be odd for me to say but I feel like this film would have flowed even better if the studio gave the filmmakers the green-light to inflate the runtime to 2:45 or 3 hours.
The acting in Infinity War is the best that Marvel has ever put on film but what else would you expect when you have one of the most talented casts ever put together. Everyone earns their paycheck in this film no matter if they are a major character in this film or one that only has a few seconds of screen time. Even Karen Gillian, an actress that I have habitually ripped on this site for her over-the-top performance as Nebula, finally shows why fans of her like her as an actress. I feel like the Russo Brothers finally got her to tone it down and give a performance that's less cartoonish and more relatable. The stand-outs of this film I believe are Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Tom Holland but I could go on and on.
Avengers: Infinity War is the most fun you will have at the cinemas this year. While the year is still young and there are plenty of films to come, the fact remains that Infinity War delivered on a promise that was made 10 years ago at the end credits of Iron Man. All of the set-up and connective tissue has helped create a film that will go down in history as one of the most influential films in cinema history and pop culture history. A new bar has been set for comic book films and the summer blockbuster. For the longest time, I held The Dark Knight and The Avengers as the 1A and 1B on my list of best comic book films of all-time. I knew that one day, something would come along and possibly supplant those films and that day has come. Congratulations Avengers: Infinity War, you will stand the test of time.