'Avengers - Infinity War' is the second last film in the Avenger series and is easily the biggest cinematic event of the year as it brings together almost every super hero that is a part of the Marvel universe. When there are so many characters involved in an action based film, one expects the story to take a backseat and the film providing the viewers with a plethora of action set pieces. So, is that what happens with the film or directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, manage to deliver a film that finds a god balance between an engaging plot and some drool worthy action sequences? Let's find out.
The film takes off from the point 'Thor: Ragnarok' ended. After the city of Asgard has been destroyed and the power stone in his hands, Thanos marches to Tesseract to acquire the Space Stone. Loki, Thor and Hulk try to stop him but they fail to do so. Hulk reaches Earth in a distressed condition and informs Stephen strange and Wong about Thanos' intention to destroy half of the universe. Soon enough, all the Avengers join forces to fight Thanos and prevent him from fulfilling his evil plans.
The film does not have much to offer in terms of a plot but it does offer a few things you, perhaps, did not see coming. The character of Thanos, the main antagonist, is well fleshed out. He has got a definite reason behind what he wishes to do and he is completely convinced about his ideology. There is an interesting backstory regarding the relationship shared by Thanos and his adopted daughter Gamora which also leads to a few emotional scenes. The film is overstuffed with too many sub-plots and characters which might end up contusing even the ardent fans of the series. The script is serviceable at best but the visual splendour it offers is something you rarely come across as a viewer. The humour, also, acts as one of the major driving factors about the film. A lot has been discussed about the climax on online platforms before and after the release of the film. Without giving away any spoiler, I would say the climax ends the film on a high and raises your anticipation for the next part several notches higher. As you know that there is another part coming out next year, you might not take a few things seriously but when seen in the context of this film, the climax will definitely move you.
I am not one of those perfervid fans of the Avengers series who would happily lap up whatever a film in their favourite franchise will serve them. I went to watch the film without humongous expectations and deeply satisfied by the sensory experience it offered me.