Sunday, April 29, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Movie Name: Avengers: Infinity War
Year of Release: 2018
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Tom Hiddleston, Karen Gillan, Peter Dinklage, Idris Elba, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn, William Hurt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Carrie Coon, Winston Duke
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
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After their experience directing two installments of Marvel Studios "Captain America"'s saga, directors Anthony and Joe Russo are back, tackling this time around the new chapter in the "Avengers" storyline. The film is a direct sequel to events that took place in both "Captain America: Civil War" and "Thor: Ragnarok", and finds Thor and his Asgardian citizens under attack of Thanos. Thanos is on a rampage to retrieve the powerful Infinity Stones, that grant him enormous power to travel in time, manipulate reality, but also destroy the entire Universe if he so desires. Thanos sends his minions to retrieve the remaining stones, including one that is held with Doctor Strange, one that is a part of Vision (the artificial humanoid) and the stone whose whereabouts is known by Gamora, his daughter. All the heroes, including the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, unite their efforts in order to thwart Thanos' plans.
"Avengers: Infinity War" is a film that is a merger of multiple plot lines that have been built from the different Marvel films throughout the years. In a way, it's very much the climax of all that Marvel has been building in terms of their characters and shared universe. The film is a cacophony of characters, all allotted a small amount of time to showcase their character traits, yet strangely the character that comes across with more depth is the foe to all the events, a digitally created entity, Thanos (voiced by the always great Josh Brolin). The film is mostly successful due to the tremendous and stunning visual and digital effects, but ultimately they unbalance the narrative and sense of story development. It's a film that for all the tremendous cast that it assembles, it gives them all nothing much to do. And for all it's confrontations and sense of dread that it's suppose to create, it's eventually hollow and deeply artificial. The film does have an interesting structure, and showcases a well oiled production machine, but sadly that doesn't make a memorable film.