Avengers: Infinity War movie review
Less than five minutes into this Marvel mashup, you’re left with no doubt about the stakes at play. Rarely has a superhero movie seemed so bleak from the outset but that merely ramps up the tension – and the enjoyment – as our previously all-powerful heroes turn out to be not that effective in the face of massacre master Thanos.
Who could blame them, though? When the big blue bad isn’t handing them their asses himself, the ‘children of Thanos’ are tearing strips off the good guys as they search for the six Infinity Stones that will make their father all powerful. There’s even a Hulk sulk when the strongest Avenger fails to make his usual dents in the enemy.
There’s still plenty of humour to enjoy but when even the Guardians of the Galaxy can’t always laugh it off you know things are tough (although Star-Lord’s reactions to both Thor and Iron Man are priceless, while Drax continues to steal the best lines – “It’s like a pirate had a baby with an angel”). By the time a major battle looms on Black Panther’s doorstep, fans will be teetering on that last inch of seat, worried Wakanda might go the way of Asgard.
Although Thanos is created to a much-improved level than the first time he appeared in the MCU, the effects aren’t perfect. Dotted within moments that truly deliver (such as when Thanos peers down at a stubborn Steve Rogers, his azure face incredibly expressive) are some more forgettable CGI shenanigans (such as Banner’s head popping out of the Hulkbuster suit).
They can’t spoil a film that will raise the pulses in ways most superhero fare can only dream of, while creating some cinema-wide gasps at the actions of its villain. That’s no mean feat given the ridiculous roster of characters Avengers: Infinity War has to juggle, making this Marvel outing even more impressive. Reviewed by Matt Chapman
Release: 26 April 2018
From: Walt Disney Studios
Format: Theatrical Release
Age Rating: 12A