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Posted at: Apr 27, 2018, 5:39 PM; last updated: Apr 27, 2018, 8:11 PM (IST)MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Over-crowded, yet fulfilling


Film: Avengers: Infinity War

  • Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, among others
  • Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Over-crowded, yet fulfilling
A poster of Avengers: Infinity War

Johnson Thomas

Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, a young Spiderman, Black Panther’s superheroes, The Guardians of the Galaxy and the rest of the Avengers feature in this united effort to thwart the greatest villain, Thanos, in the history of comic-book cinema. Thanos is rampaging through different worlds in the Universe to collect six infinity stones that will make him all powerful and impossible to beat. The fate of the planet rests on whether the mightiest group of superheroes ever assembled can stop Thanos before he gets all the stones on to his glove. 

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, along with writers Christopher Markus, Stephen Mcfeely and their team of dedicated ‘super’ achievers, fashion one part of an intended series that sets up epic mini-battles to lay a strong foundation for what is to come in the future. Crowded with superheroes, this 150-minute action extravaganza makes a strong bid for enshrining a pop-culture that has taken wings in the past decade or so. There’s far more dialogue here than in the previous Avengers movies and the emotion is also pretty much over-flowing. 

Anger, honour, humour, vengeance, misguided ideals and family politics drives the narrative here to places never seen or heard of before in the comic book cinema universe. This movie feels like one-quarter of a whole, as it leaves so many threads of plot unfinished and unanswered that it would take more than one movie to answer. 

The action is just as or even more blistering than the previous outings and the CGI work is simply extraordinary. The narrative though gets rather flat and tiresome after a point. The violent action and the emotionally intense moments get short-changed by jerky, almost frantic camerawork and inconsistent, insignificant modulation. While there’s enough firepower to keep the kinetics at an all-time high ferocity level, it’s not as elegant a display as in the previous editions.

The story-telling vocabulary here is pretty much limiting even when it doesn’t let-off on the action and devastation within. The sharp wit and the emotional under-currents do help alleviate those scatter-shot moments. This is not the greatest Avengers movie experience yet, but its tale of pathos and humour that manages to give credence to linkages between multiple super-hero characters. 


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