Reviews can be hard, especially when a particular film is a huge deal and you’d rather get something out there whilst it’s a big topic of discussion. With little time passed since the viewing for reflection, and a lot to take in, it becomes tough to judge a film on it’s true merits.
With that in mind…Is this the best MCU film to date?
My gut says no. With so many characters and threads the film could never have the focus of something like The Winter Soldier. But then I think about how Thanos is arguably the main character, and how impressively his character is built up and explained, and I think maybe it is! Ultimately time and repeat viewings will answer that one.
Fortunately there is one question I can answer unequivocally.
Is Avengers: Infinity War the event that 10 years and 18 preceding films deserve?
Absolutely, definitely, defiantly, yes.
The sheer scale and audacity of Infinity War sets it apart in ways we could never have imagined when the Avengers first assembled. That it still manages to be as hilarious, exhilarating, and heart breaking as anything that came before is testament to the skills of the Russo Brothers (one of the best casting decisions Feige has ever made), and how they manage to juggle such a roster of characters.
The sheer scale and audacity of Infinity War sets it apart in ways we could never have imagined when the Avengers first assembled.
That juggling trick leads to most of the characters being distilled down to their purest forms, on hand to offer a few lines as the story barrels on. It really doesn’t let up; there is a clear assumption that you’re up to date on your MCU.
If you think you know how it’s all going to pan out, think again. Several moments left the entire audience in disbelief, whilst at least one I recall left everyone’s jaw on the floor. Abide by the demand of Thanos and stay silent about spoilers!
In time everything will even out and we’ll truly see where this film fits. But for now it’s safe to say this is an event to enjoy and savour.
Ten years ago the MCU offered a glimpse at something very special with a meeting between two characters.
“…you’ve become part of a bigger universe. You just don’t know it yet.”
Infinity War truly delivers on that.