The Greatest Cinematic Crossover in History A Spoiler-Free Review of Avengers: Infinity War
By: Dominic Palosz ’18
On April 27th, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War as the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and climax to the past decade of films. The film, directed by the Russo brothers, tells the story of every superhero from every modern Marvel film uniting against a common enemy: the Mad Titan Thanos. Infinity War has already broken box office records, being the highest grossing film ever in its opening weekend.
With dozens of characters and stories to keep track of throughout the film, the Russo brothers did an amazing job being tell an amazing story, let alone a coherent one. As for intertwining the stories of every other superhero that Marvel has put on display, it only worked because of the decade-long build up to this great conglomerate of awesomeness. For comparison, 2017’s Justice League, DC’s own crossover film, only had three films prior to set up the universe, and it failed miserably to capture audiences.
With a budget of $300 million, the film looks absolutely gorgeous, from its special effects to CGI to just simple camera tricks. Never does anything look out of place or unrealistic, but instead everything looks realistic, with a slight sense of disbelief.
The story was something to behold, truly. Combing through the comics to pick out the best parts and pieces and allowing amazing easter eggs to come forth from previous films allowed the film to truly be unique in its approach. The film features countless amounts of gasp-worthy moments, each moment being more surprising than the last.
However, unlike the first two Avengers films, which were written and directed by Joss Whedon, Infinity War had nearly a dozen writers who created a masterpiece in its script. The classic Marvel humour was ever-present, but rather than being forced it was sprinkled throughout the film, making the less entertaining and expositional scenes much more memorable. However, when it was time to get down to business, the tone became very serious and truly gives the audience a sense of tension. The first two Avengers films had comedy, of course, but there it was much more in fused into the actual core of the movie, where as here there is the constant threat of Thanos, and comedy was only a momentary escape from his reality.
Overall, Avengers: Infinity War was truly a film that everyone should experience because of the deep and shocking story that was followed by some of the greatest action sequences may have ever graced the big screen.