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3 May

Does ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’ live up to expectations?

‘Tis the season of summer blockbusters in Hollywood, and of course this year isn’t any different with yet another superhero movie marking the line up. However, what is different this year in the superhero – or should we say Avengers – world, is everything!

Premiering at Bahria Town Karachi’s Raiha Cinegold Plex, the film opened to sheer number of fans, who couldn’t help but be in awe of the film and of course, the state-of-the-art cinema! How did the comfortable cinema experience work hand-in-hand with the Avengers plot line? Here’s the review!

SPOILERS AHEAD

Taking us back to where The Age of Ultron had obscurely ended, Avengers: Infinity Wars, finds itself at the forefront of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) efforts to acquire powerful cosmic gems called “Infinity Stones” as he marches toward his goal of eliminating half of all life in the universe in his tracks.

The sprawling – and at time’s confusingly long epic takes place on multiple continents and multiple planets as Thanos and his terrifying accomplices stop at nothing to find the stones and take them by whatever means are necessary, leading up to a massive climactic battle with shocking consequences.

Truth be told, this is the most intense and complex Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film yet, with its number of characters and storylines making it a little challenging for anyone who’s not a hardcore fan.

Avengers: Infinity War is also the grimmest MCU movie so far, with consequences unlike any that have come before in this massive franchise. Much of the talk about the film will center on those events (no more details here, to avoid spoilers), but there’s more to it than that. It’s truly more about how much plot can put into the story without filling it to the brim with just action. It’s as lean as epics get; none of its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time feels wasted.

While the many characters and intersecting plots may confuse casual viewers — the filmmakers assume audiences are familiar with all that’s come before — for fans, it’s one mind-blowing moment after another, starting with a jaw-dropping fight in the first minutes. Plus, Infinity War is also one of the funniest MCU movies yet, relying on character-based humor rather than some of the wacky flights of fancy.

Without spoiling anything, the film’s dire consequences feel almost Game of Thrones-like, with well-known characters defeated as never before! It’s really the time to appreciate the fact that Infinity War is one of the most important films of the MCU so far and must be watched for just that – if nothing else!

Watch the trailer here:

Something Haute Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Shahjehan Saleem

The author is Contributing Editor at Something Haute as well as a professor in the Media Sciences department at SZABIST, Karachi. Socio-cultural theories and geography fill up the rest of his time.