Despite some uneven bits, Avengers: Infinity War is a relentless joyride that fulfills and gratifies.
Avengers: Infinity War Synopsis
The mad Titan Thanos moves to collect all six Infinity Stones, beginning by attacking the Asgardian refugee spacecraft from Thor: Ragnarok. He then dispatches his minions to Earth to claim Dr. Strange’s Time Stone and Vision’s Mind Stone. As one after another hero falls, the Avengers are forced to put aside their differences and defend against the cosmic threat together. However, even their combined might may not be enough against Thanos, who gains godly powers with every Infinity Stone he finds.
Do you like crossover movies with large ensemble casts? Well, I do, very much. Unfortunately, the truth is that apart from the occasional gem, most crossover movies never truly satisfy.
Inevitably, it’s a case of nobody’s favourite hero getting enough limelight, or one getting way too much. And then there’s the situation of too much story for everybody, such as in Justice League. Everything becomes a wearisome drag before a half hour is over.
The much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War isn’t free of such pitfalls. In fact, I think it’s particularly pronounced for characters like Black Widow and Bucky, and Hawkeye who’s inexplicably on sabbatical.
Brush these aside, though, and the movie is a stellar joyride. One that is confident and slick with its scripting, and more importantly, with a complex villain who isn’t there just to be gang bashed. For me, what’s doubly enjoyable is also the replicated Marvel cartoon crossover flavour, a style that typically involves numerous realms traversing spiced with irreverent banter that ends as abruptly as it begins.
Regarding the latter, admittedly some of the exchanges in the movie, such as those between Thor and the Guardians, comes across as rather out-of-sync. But as like the case with limelight, the rest of the movie is simply too fun for this to matter. The audacious ending, in an unexpected way, also helps to compensate. Suddenly, and I mean suddenly, one regrets not paying deeper attention to those humourous scenes, awkward as they might be. I definitely did.
Where Are the Infinity Stones?
So that you wouldn’t have to struggle to remember where the stones are, here’s a quick rundown:
The Power Stone (Purple): Already in possession by Thanos.
The Mind Stone (Amber): On Vision’s forehead.
The Space Stone (Blue): Within the Tesseract. Taken by Loki from Asgard before the Nordic realm was destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok.
The Time Stone (Green): Protected by Dr. Strange and Wong.
The Reality Stone (Red): Owned by the Collector of Knowhere.
The Soul Stone (Orange): Location unknown
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