I’ll try to write this with no spoilers, the occasional character costume or appearance may pop in, but if it’s in here, I don’t consider it a spoiler*. O.K. with that in mind, let’s go.
I have managed, even with daily social media use, to avoid any and all spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War (apart from all the flaky faced profile pictures but they don’t really mean anything, or spoil anything particularly) but thought my luck was probably due to run out any day, so we booked our tickets for the 7pm showing on a Wednesday night.
I’m at the age where sitting in a dark room after 6pm isn’t conducive to me remaining conscious but needs must.
Even though the film’s been out for a couple of weeks by this point, the cinema was still relatively busy.
The main story of the film is, before the Universe began, six singularities existed. Some time after the universe came into existence, the singularities were formed into the six Infinity (gems) Stones by the Celestials. Each stone represents a different aspect of the universe in Space, Time, Mind, Reality, Soul and Power. Now, only beings of immense power can directly wield the Stones, such as Celestials or the big bad in our story the most Titany of all Titans, Thanos.
So a quick recap incase you’ve forgotten
The Space Stone is inside the Tesseract.
The Time Stone is in Dr Strange’s pretty necklace, sorry, the Eye of Agamotto.
The Mind Stone was originally held inside Loki’s Chitauri Scepter but then ended up in Vision’s Noggin.
The Reality Stone was called the Aether in Thor The Dark World, and ended up with the Collector.
The Soul Stone hasn’t really been in any of the previous MCU films so I’ll leave it’s location as a surprise incase of those pesky spoilers.
The Power Stone was taken into the safe keeping of the Nova Corps.
If Thanos can get all of these stones and place them into the specially created Infinity Gauntlet he will, at the click of his fingers, be able to fulfill his prophetic wish to annihilate 50% of all life in the universe. He’s a nice guy like that.
The film starts, onboard the Asgardian ship we see in Thor:Ragnarok, after around two minutes, we have the first bit of action and then it pretty much doesn’t let up for the entire, close to 2 and a half hour runtime, film.
Of course Thanos knows there are two stones on earth, cue over used character Tony Stark getting involved, along with Dr Strange as the unluckiest city on earth New York comes under attack from a couple of Thanos’s cronies.
The Avengers then get involved, newly bearded Captain America, an oddly bumbling childlike Dr Banner, and the now blonde bombshell Black Widow, you get the idea.
Pretty much every one of the people we’ve seen on screen in any of the previous MCU films either appears or is mentioned in this one, along with a few of their mates too, yet not many of them feel put onscreen for no reason. With entire sections feeling like mini movies, for Iron Man, Spidey, Guardians of the galaxy especially.
The only time the film seems clunky is in the scenes involving Thanos and Gamora, in an effort to add emotion to a CGI character they draw out a side plot involving the two which didn’t particularly tug at these heart strings and just felt like it was there to show a side to Thanos, and add some tension with another character. The side story of Vision, which I won’t go into here as it is a main plotline, also feels poorly thought out and gets slightly dull, perhaps I just do have a swinging brick for a heart?
Otherwise the film clips along at a pleasing rate, the only time I even considered looking to see how long was left was a few minutes prior to the point, as seen in the trailer, where T’Challa says “get this man a shield” and then things picked up again so much I forgot about that thought too.
For me, this is the best of the latest Avengers Films, they seemed to have dropped the ball big time with Age of Ultron (2 hrs 22 minutes of set up for a single story point in Infinity War) and Captain America: Civil War was a confused mess.
I’m really looking forward to part 2 now, and remember always stay till after the credits. The post credit scene here gave me genuine goosebumps.
4/5 MARVELous film, if very slightly too long and overly violent for it’s 12 rating
*Note on “Spoilers”
I was discussing this a while ago and a friend hit the nail on the head. When we were kids, there was no internet. Your friends would see a film or tv show before you and they would come into school the next day and tell you everything about it. This wouldn’t “spoil” the film, it would make you want to see it even more! What marvels they were talking about! WHAT?! They find a real pirate ship and a big monster flies in from the sky shouting “A boooo dies”? I HAVE to see that.
Spoilers don’t really spoil anything, it is entirely possible to avoid them anway. You neither have to go on the internet, or read anything about anything before you’ve seen it. Honest. It’s not compulsory.