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Wall To Wall Superheroes

Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

Avengers: Infinity War
Anthony & Joe Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and too many to list out
Rating: * * * 1/2

This the big, bloated Avengers-meet-Guardians Of The Galaxy crossover movie, does not even end in one part (the second comes out next year), to pick the pockets of Marvel Fans. And fans there are our 18 films could not have come out of that ‘universe’. Those who are not fans and others who do not watch with full attention the carefully orchestrated mega-budget mayhem films, might want to go prepared after reading some who’s who-what’s what material off the net.

Directed deftly by Anthony and Joe Russo, considering the flimsy plot about the villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his gathering of the Infinity Stones for the Gauntlet that can wreck half the universe with a snap of his fingers. But to save the world, there is a collection of superheroes (some of whom also have individual movies of their own)—Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Vision (Paul Bettany), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and many more –too many to list actually.

The film rushes ahead with manic glee, some witty lines, lot of splashy CGI action sequences and a cliffhanger ending. Some characters die, if they can stay dead in superhero movies, and the film is packed with incident and interactions between the various costumed guys and gals. Even at its running time of 149 minutes, the film is entertaining. But for those who find this glut of superhero films overwhelming or boring or both, this is obviously for those fans who know the mythology, the back stories, catch all the allusions to past films and references to the comics. If Infinity War demands more than the usual fan love, because of it size and scale, so be it.

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