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‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Full of Humor and Surprises (Spoiler Free Review)

©Marvel Studios 2018

Our spoiler-free review of Avengers: Infinity War

(Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo)

The culmination of the Marvel Universe has come to fruition. For those of you yet to see it, you will surely walk away with your own opinions-but here are our thoughts.

Our only introduction to this film was that Big bad Thanos was coming to likely change the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throughout the film, we are given story lines and scenes from different characters on their way to help defeat the aforementioned big bad Thanos. The audience goes through a 2.5 hour journey with 20 plus heroes, and 1 villain (big bad Thanos).

Although I wouldn’t consider myself a super-fan of Super Hero movies, I found a lot of this movie to be enjoyable.

Expectations

This film had a 300 Million dollar budget, which is something I held in the back of my mind going into it. I expected big action scenes and breathtaking visuals. Judging by the previous Avengers movies and most of the individual character films, I was hoping to be blown away by the scale of this movie and also wishing that it wasn’t going to be overbearing.

 

Writing

This is a Marvel movie first and foremost. There are plenty of classic superhero one-liners during the peak of battle scenes.  It doesn’t lack loud exposition from characters aching to arc. What is different with this Marvel film, was the use of humor in some key scenes. We got a good taste of this in Thor: Ragnarok. It left us in stitches. If that was a key point you want out of Infinity War, you will walk out pleased.
The abrupt, perfectly placed one liners erupted chuckles from the theater, and there were at least a dozen times when I found myself laughing up a storm.

I was very impressed by the use of humor to move characters further into the storyline. I cannot reiterate enough how funny the first half of the film was. This minus the one liners would make for a very impressive script. Some of the inter-character relationships feel very organic and relatable even though they take place in a nonexistent alien universe.

Acting

The majority of the Main cast have all appeared in their own solo films, which solidify their characters all the more when they get together. When there are so many characters and moving parts, it was comforting to see them each hold their own. They all stay fairly consistent in their motives and mentality from their singular films, and meld smoothly into Infinity War.
Thankfully, I didn’t find myself cringing at the delivery of a line or judging the blocking of a scene.

Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos stood out and left me satisfied as a fan.

Sound/Score

Some of the pitch corrected voices seemed jarring, but the score was good and powerful. The sound and score held up as you’d expect them to in a Marvel film.

Visuals

With such a large budget, the studio was able to put great attention to detail in the visuals and graphics. These films are always flashy, colorful and fast moving. This held true for Infinity War as well. From a video shooting standpoint, there were a couple times when real characters interacting with CGI characters seemed to motion track incorrectly, but that’s splitting hairs.

As a whole, the movie was stunning and visually appealing throughout.

Wrap Up

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself thoroughly basking in the comedic dialogue between characters throughout the movie. I think this is going to be a polarizing film for the die hard superhero fans, and the novice movie goers.

A lot of people who are not caught up on the comics are going to be asking themselves a lot of questions, and I can’t wait to see what those questions are when this film releases very soon, on April 27th.
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Thanks to our Media Development & Production Assistant, Jonathan Clark for his insight in writing this review.

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Shannon Toohey is Editor-In-Chief of FanFest.com. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2015 with a B.A. in Journalism from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications. Shannon has been a proud member of the Fan Fest team since 2013. Tweet her in your prettiest bird voice: @shannontoo