AVENGERS Infinity War film review


A cinematic journey ten years in the making! Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their superhero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Based on the comics of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Anthonie Mackie, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Josh Brolin, and so many more!

In NZ theatres NOW

So, what’d we think?

The only experience that comes close to the cinematic equivalent of 10 years of Marvel movies would be the Star Wars juggernaut. Having been introduced to all of the superheroes (and villains) of the Marvel universe over the last decade, it almost feels like you’re about to watch the final episode of your favourite TV series. You really want to see it, but you also really don’t want it to end! Of course, there are more Marvel movies in the pipeline (including another Avengers movie), so don’t hang up your Black Widow cosplay just yet. But it still has a vibe that you’re watching something defining for the genre. It fills with you such amazingly high expectations and also a huge amount of dread that, surely, this has to be the end for one or more beloved characters. This is not a movie. This is an adventure. And it is brilliant.

So what’s it all about?

You don’t need to have seen all of the 18 previous Marvel movies prior to seeing Avengers: Infinity War, though it definitely helps to have seen a few, with some inside jokes and references that might just go over your head (nothing ever goes over Drax’s head). Thor and Loki open the action when faced with the biggest baddie of them all – that one big badass that has turned up post-credits in almost every Marvel movie of the last five years – the all-powerful, Thanos. Brilliantly played by Josh Brolin, Thanos has a plan to collect all six Infinity Stones to enable him to restore his warped ideal of balance in the universe. He will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

During his destructive search for the stones, he battles against all of the Avengers plus characters from Dr Strange, Black Panther, Spiderman, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The battle scenes are vast and filled with CGI magic. But the interaction between the characters is what makes this movie so intriguing for Marvel fans. I can attest to inwardly squealing with delight every time a new character appeared on screen. I laughed, I was moved to tears, I held my breath on more than one occasion and I was on the edge of my seat for the whole movie.

Who should see it?

The movie doesn’t pretend to be anything other than an epic superhero movie. It doesn’t require too much brain power to sit and watch and immerse yourself in this entire universe of bad versus evil. However, this is still THE movie to watch for anyone who enjoys action-filled cinematic spectaculars. Whether you’re a Robert Downey Jr fan (and who isn’t?), a Chris Pratt fanatic, a Cumberbitch or you just want to see more of Chris Hemsworth (yes, please!), you will love this movie. Everyone’s favourite superhero gets a spot in this epic. You will talk about it for days, even weeks later, trying to figure out the next step – trying to figure out what the heck just happened!

And DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT tell your friends who are yet to see this movie about any of the storyline, other than how brilliant it is #Thanosdemandsyoursilence.

But do me a favour, please don’t leave the cinema until after the credits are finished. The unenlightened who leave these movies before the post-credit reveals must surely be DC fans!!


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