Luke Reviews – Avengers: Infinity War

10 years, and 18 films, in the making… arguably the biggest cinematic event in film history, finally hits the big screens. Of course, as a comic book fan from an early age, I was there, at the midnight screening, popcorn in hand, seeing the film as soon as I possibly could. Avengers: Infinity War was the culmination of everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to, and it didn’t disappoint.

What ensued over the next 149 minutes was nothing short of extraordinary. It was inevitable the film would be -very- long, as they had to fit all of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and their allies into one film, which is over 20 major characters. And while the film comes close to overflowing, it doesn’t, balancing the screentime of everyone well. Some characters’ storylines and arcs are limited as a result, but this is more than made up for in excitement.

Thanos, equipped with his Infinity Gauntlet, has come to take the Infinity Stones, and will do whatever it takes to get his hands on them. Infinity War tells this story brilliantly; the astronomical budget is shown in the stunning visuals all the way through: the settings, fight scenes, and characters all look amazing on-screen. The writing is flawless too, seamlessly transitioning from the serious tone to the light-hearted humour we know so well in Guardians.

From Scotland, to Wakanda, to the furthest corners of space, Infinity War takes us on an unforgettable journey through the universe. [MINOR SPOILERS] We do lose some characters along the way, and Thanos shows himself to be a formidable foe, significantly above any of these mid-tier villains we’ve seen in the MCU so far. Nothing quite compares to his power and army, as becomes apparent in the film, and by the end, he’ll have your absolute hatred – or respect – as a villain.

Infinity War is definitely a successful continuation of the MCU. Everything is well done, and there’s never a dull moment in the 2-and-a-half-hour marathon of a film. There are so many storylines and characters, and even though there were concerns there would be issues with plotting, pacing, screen-time etc, they manage to make it work.

The stunning fight scenes and plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat, as the many storylines made unlikely companions of our two favourite superhero teams. Seeing the Guardians and the Avengers fighting alongside makes you want to punch the air at the awesomeness unfolding before you. I can’t wait for the as-yet unnamed Avengers 4, as I’m dying to see what happens next – and as soon as you finish watching Infinity War, you will be too.

P.S. Don’t forget to sit through the -very lengthy- credits for a post-credits scene. Not one to miss!

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