Avengers: Infinity War ***1/2 OUT OF 4
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: Civil War”) from a script by Christopher Markus and Kevin Freely (all three Captain America films)”Infinity War”is Marvel’s most expensive venture yet ($300 million), clocking in at 149 minutes with approximately $2 million dollars spent per finished minute. It delivers an unending litany of explosions and action, adventure and illusion like rarely seen before. It is a Disney production that meets the criteria of 21st Century Hollywood films, being that it is a tentpole, franchise pic which is unmistakably a world-wide “event”and employs intensified continuity. Disney-owned Marvel Studios has released 18 previous comic book movies in what is called the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a gross of nearly $15 billion dollars.
‘Infinity War” is the first film of a two-part sequel continuing the tradition started with “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The story, which is confusing and exciting at the same time is about how the universe is under attack from an evil villain named Thanos (Josh Brolin)who has been causing minor conflagrations in the past upping his game to something more serious and threatening such as serial interstellar mass murder! Let’s just say he is capable of creating one million 9/11 style attacks, at a single time universally, by employing the power of the six “infinity stones”to kill half of the living beings in the universe.
For some of the audience the story meant very little-they wanted to chill with their super-hero friends and ever since “Dead Pool” brought a self deprecating humor to the tone of these super-hero movies, we have some frivolity to amuse and entertain between explosions. For the loyal fans this is as good as it gets until the sequel arrives in May of 2019.