This review was first published in the Autumn 2018 issue of AVENues.
Avengers: Infinity War
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
How good is this movie?
The third Avengers film isn’t nearly as much fun as I expected it to be. It’s funny and entertaining in places, and the action sequences are fine, but, with so many characters sharing the screen, very few of them get much development. The attempt to go dark is also a bit strained. I won’t say who dies, but the deaths become so numerous they lose their impact. Even though stuff is happening all over the place, it feels like very little actually happens. The next movie will hopefully rectify this by concentrating more on the surviving Avengers, giving more time to their characters and relationships. Fingers crossed, this movie may prove to have been one long set-up for a truly awesome Avengers 4!
How ace is this movie?
The movie is not overly focused on romance, but it doesn’t have much time for relationships period. There are plenty of relationships at work in the story: between friends, between lovers, between (adopted) siblings, but few get much development. Gamora and Peter Quill finally take the predictable turn into romance, but only briefly. The three most important relationships to the story are probably the ones between Vision & Wanda, Thanos, & Gamora, and Tony & Peter Parker, but only the last one has really been developed in earlier films, so we aren’t as invested in the other two as we should be. Meanwhile, the relationships that are most established – Thor & Loki, Steve & Bucky, Tony & Pepper – get short shrift, and the much-anticipated Steve-Tony reunion doesn’t even happen! Again, I can only hope this is a situation that will be rectified in the sequel.
3 Stars; 3 Aces