"Is it the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that's open to debate"
To quote Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) "There was an idea, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could."
Now 10 years and 18 films later, the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings together a culmination of characters and storylines in Avengers: Infinity War.
The film has been eagerly awaited after previous successful Marvel Cinematic outings and this one comes with a high level of security and secrecy regarding the plot and characters with the trending hash tag #thanosdemandsyoursilence, with that said this review will respect that and be spoiler free.
Avengers: Infinity War successfully marries the multitude of superhero characters from previous films, some of whom have a more serious nature together with those who have a more jovial leaning. Combining so many characters with previously developed story arcs doesn't leave much room for further character development, but the film does give reasonable air time to each character in a two and half run time framework allowing each character to make their own contribution to the plot in a way that it does not feel contrived or convoluted, which is no mean feat with a film of this scale.
The Avengers from Earth allied with those from space and are united in their fight against the villain of the piece Thanos played by a CGI rendition of the actor Josh Brolin. Our antagonist Thanos is on a mission to collect the six Infinity Stones. Some of the six have been seen in the previous Marvel films. An explanation for their existence is given by The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) in Guardians Of The Galaxy "Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots… Infinity Stones.” Each Infinity Stone, the Time, Mind, Soul, Reality, Power and Space Stone possesses a unique ability which Thanos hopes to combine and destroy half of all life to bring balance to the universe.
The directors of Avengers: Infinity Wars the Russo brothers (Anthony and Joe) have done a great job of bringing the movie to the big screen. Is it the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that's open to debate. Is it good? Definitely, enough to warrant a repeat viewing. The action, acting and special effects are well done. Thanos a CGI villain with the exception of two minor scenes holds together well. Overall, though not perfect, it is very good, enjoyable and worthy of four stars. It is also the first film to be shot completely in IMAX, and it takes full advantage of the coveted technology.