AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
OUT NOW / RATED M / 149 MINS
There are approximately 14,600,005 different realities in which Avengers: Infinity War collapses under its own weight, destroyed by the burden of tying together the storylines of 18 preceding movies and shoehorning dozens of characters, many of whom headline their own movies, into an overarching narrative. Thankfully, we appear to be living in the one reality where it works.
A minor miracle of moviemaking, courtesy of directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely, this is a relentless, intense, propulsive beast that doesn’t slow down for a second, and yet still allows its characters room to breathe, quip, grow and grieve, as the Earth’s mightiest heroes, and the Guardians Of The Galaxy, find themselves hopelessly outmatched by Thanos and his fist of fun. It bumps off major characters in the first five minutes, and follows up with an ending that is about as bold and brave as blockbusters get. CHRIS HEWITT