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Avengers: Infinity War  : Jolliness With A few Jolts
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Are you kidding?
 
Friday, April 27, 2018
Action
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Carrie Coon, Tom Holland, Scarlet Johansson

 

The magical world of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) draws you in with its irresistible array of super heroes.

 

Who’s your favourite? Take your pick.

 

The star parade that doesn’t let you down has Chris Hemsworth and his muscles as Thor, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel voicing for Groot, Chris Evans alias Captain America, Black Widow Scarlet Johansson, Tom Holland as bratty Spidey, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange, Josh Brolin as terrible Thanos and the list goes on.

 

You can’t help but smile when Tony Stark alias Iron Man and Dr Strange meet and don’t hit off instantly. Or when Thor who’s just had a blast – literally – collides into the Guardians of the Galaxy and Peter Quill isn’t too thrilled with the arrival of a hunk in his spaceship. It’s quite silly-funny when Quill doesn’t want the newcomer’s muscles to get undue attention or when he tries to deepen his voice to sound manlier and in command.

 

Men will be men, however heroic they may be.

 

Siblings Anthony and Joe Russo who’ve jointly directed this mega universe put in a touch of romance as an introduction. Tony Stark and Pepper, Quill and Gamora, Vision and Wanda; all of them have brief moments of chemistry before the call for battle draws them apart.

 

Bringing together all the super heroes is Thanos, the gigantic epitome of evil. What he wants are all the six infinity stones that will fit, plonk, into holes in his gauntlet and give him super power over all the realms. Thanos is a villain who believes he’s a man on a mission. To create quality life everywhere where the limited resources may be enjoyed to the fullest. It’s easy to do that, just annihilate half the population and the rest will have an idyllic world. For Thanos, getting those stones is paramount, never mind how heavy the price.     

 

Amidst the mayhem around the universe as collisions, explosions and encounters rage to thwart Thanos, there’s also plenty of cheeky fun. 

 

There will be those who’ll nit-pick that when over a dozen well-loved super heroes are assembled together, justice is done to none of them. But honestly, you come back remembering each of them with a smile. Or a tear as this time, the universe has a few shocking deaths in store. One right at the beginning even makes it clear that there’ll be no more redemption, it’s final. For him or her, I’m not telling.

 

It’s the familiarity of each of the super heroes that brings a cheer on their arrival. Black Panther and his Wakanda have become almost like an African country that probably exists somewhere. Spidey or the very boyish Spider Man is still under the sponsorship of Iron Man and he’s still eager for action. Oh, and Bruce Banner has a problem with his Hulk avatar this time, leading to much amusement.

 

All of this may be a part of the package each time but there are a few heart wrenches too and the end is not exhilarating. Except that you hope there’ll be a better dawn in the next sequel. And that’s precisely where Infinity Wars scores. You can’t wait for the next one and see what’s in store.

 

For a fulfilling adventure that’s a mix of the expected and the unexpected, Avengers: Infinity War gets a 3.5* rating.

 

Direction: 4/5

Screenplay: 4/5

Story: 3.5/5

Dialogues: 3/5

Music: 3/5

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author

 

 

 

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