Runtime: 149 mins
It has been ten years since “Iron Man” hit theaters and now the Marvel Cinematic Universe has released their nineteenth installment and most massive project to date, “Infinity War.” Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”) this modern epic boasts a giant cast featuring just about every hero from the franchise thus far. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana are just a snapshot of A-listers that come together here in what is undeniably one of the most anticipated films ever made.
As explained during earlier Marvel chapters, the mighty, purple titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) has been working to acquire and complete the “Infinity Gauntlet,” a golden glove designed to harness the power of the six Infinity Stones. Each stone represents and wields an essential component of life (mind, time, power, space, reality, and soul). When brought together with the gauntlet, the wearer can essentially do anything they want by controlling all elements of the known universe. Now it is up to the Avengers and some new allies to band together and prevent Thanos from completing his devastating mission.
To no surprise, the sheer entertainment factor of this monumental movie is well worth the ticket price alone; I simply expected nothing less from Marvel this time around. “Infinity War” brilliantly paces unbelievable battle sequences that feel strikingly realistic, while incorporating their signature humor to humanize the larger story. This is something audiences have become accustomed to over the years as the studio continuously cements box office dominance. That being said, there are more moving pieces than ever before in this intense plot and the Russo brothers truly deserve a whole lot of credit for pulling off such a complicated balancing act. Simply put, seemingly every hero involved gets their fair chance to shine, yet that still isn’t what impressed me most about the film.
What sets “Infinity War” apart from just about any other superhero movie is the incredible intrigue of its menacing villain, Thanos and the haunting explanations of his character’s motivations. By understanding his perspective so thoroughly, with plenty of meaningful screen time, Marvel has delivered the most legitimate threat of this giant story and the strongest form of conflict yet. The end result is an epic piece of visual entertainment with an emotionally powerful story to match. Don’t allow yourself to miss out on “Infinity War,” this is a surefire instant classic that I have no problem praising as one of, if not the greatest comic book film of all time.