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Friday, 4 May 2018

Film Review: Avengers Infinity War

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Regular readers of The Writing Greyhound will most probably already know that I am a big Marvel movies fan. Although I don't read the comics, I enjoy watching every instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when released and accordingly, joined fans across the world eagerly awaiting the latest and most intense film yet - Avengers: Infinity War.

Rumours about this movie have been swirling for months, with everyone wanting to share their own thoughts and theories about their favourite characters. And there was certainly plenty to choose from - almost every Marvel superhero you can imagine was part of the star-studded line up for Infinity War. However, much as it was great to watch different parties come together and interact for the first time (offering ample opportunities for fun, games and humour) the reality was that it felt a little stretched at times.

With such a large cast of A-list actors and actresses, not to mention a list longer than your arm of larger-than-life characters all demanding a fair share of the film, it isn't difficult to understand why it felt like many of the characters ended up fighting for screen time.

Understandably, this meant many different intersecting story arcs, often progressing simultaneously, and a whole heap of jump-cutting between them all. Fast-paced, yes; difficult to keep up with; sometimes.

Characters aside, the overall plot of the movie comes as no surprise to MCU fans and those who have done their homework. Our main villain and the antagonist of the film is the Titan Thanos, who is intent on collecting all six Infinity stones which will then enable him to wield unimaginable power. We have already been introduced to Thanos in previous instalments and the whole concept of the Infinity stones has been ongoing throughout many separate MCU films - Infinity War is the final chapter which ties the main overarching plot threads together.

Of course, it is difficult to mention much about the plot for fear of spoilers. To avoid them, all I will say is that this is a film which should really be watched multiple times to ensure you don't miss anything important. At 2 hours 40 minutes running time, it can seem a long film, especially during the rare slower moments, but anything shorter and the storyline would definitely have struggled to be condensed any further.

Featuring an awe-inspiring mix of top-class action sequences, comedic gags and a few tender moments which take you by surprise, it's no wonder why Infinity War is already a record-breaking film. At the time of writing, the movie had already enjoyed the biggest global box office opening - ever. Not bad for a humble superhero movie!

As for what will happen to our much-loved heroes in future films, this remains to be seen. However, one thing is for certain - this chapter may be over, but the MCU is far from finished yet.

Have you seen Infinity War? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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