Because the subject of this review is restricted to a specific detail in the movie, it could well easily descend into too navel-gazing an exercise.
Infinity War is a fun ride. A ride that is punctuated by conflicting emotions. And When the ride is brought to an abrupt end, for many moviegoers, it also marks the return to their ordinary existence. One can imagine the difficulty in accommodating an ensemble cast without running the risk of under development or overkill. But in the Avengers series so far, we have seen Marvel successfully working its way around this dilemma with admirable consistency.
However, the Infinity war, the latest edition in the series, is designed to be a different ball game. Unlike the first two movies, with Infinity War the filmmakers are focused on getting just one thing right, namely the story of Thanos.
A Megalomaniac or Misguided Messiah?
Thanos isn’t here just to pack a punch. The megalomaniac is here to wipe half of humanity off the face of earth with just a snap of his fingers. Now, here is my fundamental problem with the movie. Among the many things one may call Thanos, Megalomaniac is not in the strictest sense a term most would want to associate with him. While strands of megalomania may underlie his broader plan for world domination, what lies at the heart of Thano’s philosophy is an ill-informed idea of utopia on earth.
The movie simply doesn’t go out of its way to demystify Thano’s world view. Much to my dismay, critical questions such as what informed Thano’s philosophy and what lies behind his motivations remained mostly under explored in the movie. Noticeably, the possible internal conflicts simmering inside Thanos are drowned in filmmakers’ efforts to highlight his stone-laden might in its fullest glory.
Why should you watch this movie?
Because you just like everyone else on the internet watched the Trailer and the prospect of catching a glimpse of your favorite superheroes in the thick of the action is bloody awesome, and worth your time and money.
For a movie with grand pretensions to introducing the most influential villain of Marvel comics, Infinity War did not quite measure up to my expectations. Having said that it wouldn’t surprise me if Thano’s story were to figure more prominently in the sequel. As one would expect in Marvel movies, the special effects and action sequences are off the hook. Superficial treatment of Thano’s story aside, it fits the bill of a superhero movie entertainer.