Whether you’re a fan of the Marvel movie franchise or not, “Avengers: Infinity War” packs a powerful entertainment punch. Everything comes together in this huge summer blockbuster. You’ll be mesmerized by the super-human action and taken in moment by moment by the more mundane side of human nature.
Sometimes movies that rely as heavily as “Avengers” does on cosmic special effects become lost in them. That’s not the case here. Interspersed with Thor’s swinging hammer that’s capable of bashing a sky scraper or two along with his arch enemies, comes very human emotions and dialog. The contrast contributes to a cadence that gives you time to breathe a little between action sequences to savor the personalities of each hero.
Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) maximizes his very dry sense of humor to point out some of the strangeness of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). The two engage in delightfully witty snippets of barbed conversation. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has lamb-like sensitivity to his shortcomings, given his inability to transform to his big-green hulkness when he needs it most. T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Natasha/Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) show their human side as well, as they try to stop the onslaught of evil Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his efforts to destroy most of the known universe.
So it’s the human element brought out in this big array of superheroes that reminds us that even on the best of days, the most gifted among us still have their shortcomings. At the first sign of trouble from Thanos, each one crosses vast distances to come together once again. Battling evil independently is one thing, but with an enemy as foreboding as Thanos, it take a village.
Prior knowledge of the particular talents and strengths of the group isn’t necessarily a requirement since within moments of arrival, something threatening befalls to make unleashing their unique power necessary. Marvel strikes a balance in substantiating behaviors for life-long fans while giving enough context that newbies can follow without any problem.
“Avengers: Infinity War” keeps breaking box office records. See this film on the big screen for full effect, and stay for the scene that comes after the credits. You’ll leave knowing that of all the superpowers in the cosmos, being human may be the greatest of them all.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequence of sci-fi violence and action through, language and some crude reference.
Marilyn Robitaille writes film reviews for the Empire-Tribune and the Glen Rose Reporter and will be covering the Cannes Film Festival 2018.