Avengers: Infinity War
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gilan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicia Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Letitia Wright...
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo.
Synopsis: When Thanos threatens universal destruction, Earth's mightiest heroes must learn to forget their differences and unite as the Avengers once more.
Review: The Russo brothers deliver the next episode of the Avengers' series, dripping with stars and with its foot flat to the floor, all the way through.
When the remnants of Team Iron Man are warned of Thanos’s impeding arrival, Tony Stark must learn to forgive the aged Cap in order to stand a chance of defeating the Intergalatic Titan.
The film combines the styles of two of the Russos' former films, the dark 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' and the larger more embracing 'Captain America: Civil War'. The brothers', for the most part, did a sterling job of allowing all the actors equal screen time, allowing them all to go through a certain journey throughout the film. Some of the most enjoyable parts of the film are when different groups meet up and when new groups are formed, along with proper comic book entrances that (I have to admit) I have re-enacted several times since I saw the film.
The one actor who stood out was the feared Titan himself, portrayed by the excellent Josh Brolin. Having studied acting myself, Brolin understands the unique quality that all villains must have to make them believable - in their world they think they are doing the right thing. Of course, Brolin isn't unaccustomed to playing the bad guy, in Ridley Scott's 2007 'American Gangster' he really captures the heart of an evil, greedy man but in this he finds a vulnerability, almost a sensitivity, that will make you sometimes question his objectives versus those of his nemesis.
Like most epics, and especially this one, the larger the cast the longer the film; this comes in at 2h 40min. However, you are never given a moments respite, the second you think you have worked out where the film is going another twist or epic arrival pulls you even closer to the screen. My only slight criticism is that I would have liked to have seen a few more of the characters of whom we only caught a few glimpses of throughout the film.
Despite that minor detail, Infinity War is gruesome, terrifying but sprinkled with light comedic moments to help you through. All I will say is from the moment the auditorium darkens, get ready!