Ethan’s review published on Letterboxd:
“In time you will know what it’s like to lose, to feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail all the same.”
When directors say their sequel is “The Empire Strikes Back” of sequels, rarely does it prove true. But yet it does in Avengers: Infinity War, and to a vast extent.
Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel’s most ambitious foray into the superhero genre yet, culminating in the last ten years of the studio's existence. It is a bold undertaking that reinvents the Marvel formula, subverting what audiences have come to expect from a typical Marvel outing. At times, the film feels more so like a crossover event than it does an actual "team-up" film and while there are many character-driven moments throughout, the film lacks in character density as a whole, which muddles its direction.
But the Russo brothers, against all odds, have managed to pull off quite an incredible feat: juggling all these larger-than-life characters and handling multiple narrative threads. It results in a thrilling and engaging blockbuster that largely realises its "Thanos-sized" ambitions.