by Gillian Garcia, News Media Coordinator
A captivating storyline, well-developed themes, beautiful visuals, and timely comedy are only a few of the stellar elements that make Avengers: Infinity War a movie worth its hype.
The story opens with Thanos (Josh Brolin), a Mad Titan, pursuing the six Infinity Stones, each representing an abstract element of the universe—space, mind, reality, power, time, and soul. Possession of these Infinity stones would allow Thanos to harness the power of the cosmos, a weapon which will aid him in “saving” the universe or, rather, half of it; Thanos had already been traveling across dying worlds, exterminating half their populations in order to restore the balance between those who survive and the finite resources of their planet. With the fate of trillions hanging off the balance, the worlds of Marvel’s greatest superheroes collide as they combine their skills and powers against the Titan.
Featuring the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Bucky Barnes (also known as the Winter Soldier or the White Wolf, played by Sebastian Stan), the diversity of the cast of Infinity War created more enthralling layers to the action-packed fight scenes which Marvel fans already expect. Even though superhero movies are frequently dominated by testosterone, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Okoye (Danai Gurira), the Scarlet Witch (also known as Wanda, played by Elizabeth Olsen), and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) were among the strong females who joined the fight for their universe.
Family, love, friendship, duty, sacrifice–such themes create the emotional depth in Infinity War that some action movies may tend to overlook. Avid fans will see the continuation of several relationships, like the Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and Gamora, or Wanda and Vision, as well as the reunification of others, like that between the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow, or Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Winter Soldier. In addition, the complicated relationship between Thanos, the film’s antagonist, and Gamora, his adoptive daughter who fights with the Avengers, provides a perspective on family that is not always explored.
The visual effects of Infinity War built alluring scenes as the movie shifts between missions across distant sectors of the galaxy. As in his own movie, the green glowy powers of Doctor Strange—keeper of the Time stone—are showcased as he defends New York City from Alien invaders. Similarly, the bright red reality-altering abilities of the Scarlet Witch were showcased, interacting gracefully with the other props, actors, and animated effects. The scenery throughout Infinity War is similarly aesthetic, depicting intergalactic settings as different as the metal-forging star of Nidavellir and the hidden country of Wakanda.
The beautiful complexity of Avengers: Infinity War sets it among my favorite movies of all time. Ultimately, I would rate it 4.7 out of 5 stars; it would probably be 5 out of 5 if the ending had not left me in tears.