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MOVIE REVIEW: FTN reviews Avengers: Infinity War

April 24th, 2018 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo (12a)
Starring: Robert Downey Jnr, Christmas Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom holland, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin
Running Time: 2hrs 29mins

The Avengers and their 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.

We’ve been waiting for this for ten years and we’ve known we’ve been waiting for it for about six. Finally on the screen an obscene amount of avengers and guardians and magic wizards coming together to take on the biggest of the bads in the MCU; Thanos, the pastel purple genocide machine. 

The film opens a mere moment after the end of Thor “the third one” Ragnarok, with a black screen and a distress call going from the Asgardian ship saying they are under attack.  From this point on I almost can’t say anything that isn’t a spoiler because it is impossible, but I’m going to try and only mention things from the trailers but with a knowledge of context that I know you are envious of that will prove I’ve actually watched it.

There’s a poster in a shop behind Scarlet Witch and Vision that says “We will deep fry your kebab“, a little poster for authenticity in Edinburgh. 

Avengers Infinity War is, in its essence, Thanos stomping around through space getting all the Infinity Gems with the intention of killing half of everything for his own reasons of ‘balancing the universe’, because of what he perceives to be an over population problem in relation to resources. Despite his interns taking supreme joy in torture and abuse, Thanos thinks he is the good guy in the long run. From this point on it’s just Mission: Stop Thanos Getting the Infinity Stones. 

Every scene he is in I am overwhelmed with so much excitement that I spent the whole time hoping he got everything he ever wanted, just to see what would happen.  Not since the Dark Knight have I felt the force of the antagonist on stage as intensely as I have with Thanos and he has used his big golden shoes to kick Killmonger off the throne of ‘best MCU villian’ in a matter of months.

The brothers Russo have an incredible sense of pacing and balance, shifting characters around and throughout each other’s stories, constantly mixing up what you are used to for delight and awe. 

It’s funny, but not too funny, and believe me when I say, every joke is a brief head-above-water panicked gasp, amongst what is an intense emotional mosh pit.  Some great backstory for some characters, amazing interactions between RDJ, Chris Pratt, Hemsworth, and a load of stuff you’ll be delighted at seeing that I can’t tell you about. The action is really fun and creative, Spider-man and Iron man making use of the nano-tech armour is a great addition to the fluidity of the fighting, and Tom Holland is just a hero by himself.

The film is so jam packed full of moments that I have signed an NDA to say I won’t tell you about that this is where I have to end (Continues after pic):

If you hate Marvel movies, this will not convince you otherwise because it is the most Marvel-ous film I’ve seen. I need a lie down, a drink, a massage and a cup of tea for after my drink. And then a drink. 

5 out of 5 nerds

I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.