Avengers: in­fin­ity war

Out now / cert 12 / 149 mins

Empire (UK) - - HOME SCREEN - Chris He­witt

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.

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