“An Entire Universe, Once And For All”
The long long wait for Marvel fans all around the world is finally over as Marvel Studios “Avengers : Infinity War” finally hits the box office. Ten years in the making, the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War has been the most anticipated superhero film of all time.
The film has been directed by Anthony & Joe Russo with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. The Russo brothers had previously directed two films for Marvel Studios: “Captain America : The Winter Soldier” & “Captain America : Civil War”. Both the films were critically-acclaimed & major box-office successes. The film was made alongside the fourth Avengers film on an estimated budget of around 300-400 million dollars, making it the most expensive film by Marvel Studios and simultaneously pushing it into the league of the most expensive films ever made.
The film features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt in leading roles. The film also stars Terry Notary, Michael James Shaw, Carrie Coon & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Cull Obsidian, Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight & Ebony Maw respectively who are members of the “Black Order”, the Children of Thanos.
The film draws inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic and Jonathan Hickman’s 2013 “Infinity” comic. The film follows the Avengers as they join forces to battle their biggest & gravest threat yet – THANOS, a mad Titan who is hell bent on collecting the six Infinity Stones in order to bring balance to the Universe.
The film held its World Premier on 23rd April, 2018 at Los Angeles & was released worldwide on 27th April, 2018. The film was received positively by critics & garnered rave reviews. The film currently holds a rating of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 254 reviews. The sites critical consensus reads – “Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.”
An Honest Take
Personally, I feel that the film is outstanding. The film packs a great cinematic experience for everyone; it is well-directed and the performances of the cast are outstanding– particularly Brolin’s, who has done an amazing job as Thanos. The action sequences in the film are well choreographed & the visual effects are just stupendous. The film’s tone is also very balanced and changes beautifully according to the characters in focus. The directors have done an amazing job of distributing the screen-time among the characters (considering the size of the cast), though, of course, some of the characters could have been given more time to shine. The background score of the film is also really; Alan Silvestri has done a great job scoring the film.
Undoubtedly, the film is an absolute audio-visual spectacle. But, what shines through is the emotional weightage that the film carries. Despite all the action & destruction, the film doesn’t lose out on its emotional value. It is sure to leave most of the audience in tears towards the end. In fact, it wouldn’t be an understatement to call the film an emotional roller-coaster of sorts.
Although the movie gets a little bit sluggish in between, it picks up as the great Wakandan battle sequence kicks in. Surely, the length is something that could have been worked upon. Regardless, the film entertains on many levels, along with the jaw-dropping end that will surely leave you dumbstruck; the post-credits scene is a very intriguing one that is sure to leave many wanting the sequel more than anything else.
Overall, the film lives up to the hype, and concludes the first 10 years of Marvel Studios in style. A strong recommendation for all!
— Contributed by Saurabh
Picture Credits: Forbes