Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Runtime: 149 min
Descriptions : As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Thanos answers that question with a resounding yes. He’s the MVP of Infinity War and distinguishes the movie not only from other MCU films, but also from the previous Avengers flicks.
Thanos is a major element in the balancing act that is Infinity War. He’s ultrapowerful, but not in a way that makes him one-dimensional. He’s a serious threat, but not in a way that precludes the terrific comedy for which the franchise has become known. And yeah, there are a whole lot of characters here, but action does most of the talking, so you don’t really need to have an intimate knowledge of the 18 films that precede it.
I was cautiously optimistic about Infinity War, despite being underwhelmed by. That movie was only superficially epic. Lots of heroes, but no real stakes. Thanos allows the Avengers assembling to mean something. And boy, they sure do assemble.
— Daniel Van Boom, Sydney, Australia
It was long, to be sure. After the big battle on Titan, I looked at the time — still another hour to go? It already felt epic. It had the holes in logic of any superhero movie — once Thanos had the reality stone, which he used effectively in his confrontation with Quill, why didn’t he use it the same way in subsequent donnybrooks? Oh, yeah, because that’s what we paid for: heavyweight bout after heavyweight battle royale.
Most surprisingly, it’s genuinely touching in spots, especially in Stark’s concern for Peter Parker — first when he realizes Parker has stowed away on the spaceship headed toward a rendezvous with Thanos, and later when he holds the fading Parker, a superhero dying young. The finale was a heavy heaping of melancholy. I’m looking forward to the follow-up (Avengers: Infinity Plus One, maybe?) to see if maybe those stones hold powers we don’t yet understand, powers to turn the plot in startling directions and restore at least some of what we’ve lost.
— Jon Skillings, Boston
If you expected “Avengers: Infinity War” to be a mess, you’re in for a big disappointment. The Russo brothers are able to manage two dozen superheroes, six infinity stones, multiple planets and several battles like symphonic orchestra conductors. Because we know almost everyone in the movie — except for Peter Dinklage‘s fantastic new minor character — there’s no time spent on origin stories.
The most fun parts are the choreographed fights and the funny moments, particularly when big egos collide (especially when Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord meets Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man). Let’s just end by saying Avengers: Infinity War rises to expectations, and then some. I just hope they’ll put the time stone to good use in Avengers 4 after an overwhelming, sadistic and blunt ending.
— Gabriel Sama, San Francisco