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Nothing ever lasts forever: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ upends the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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By: Ryan Painter
Avengers: Infinity War
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (Screenplay), Stephen McFeely (Screenplay), Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Steve Ditko, Joe Simon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworht, Chris Pratt
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.

Synopsis: Thanos, a powerful being intent on killing off half the universe in the name of balance, strives to collect the six Infinity Stones with only the Avengers and their newfound friends to stand in his way.

Review: SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) We’ll avoid saying anything specific about the narrative but rest assured “Avengers: Infinity War” rocks the boat and offers up the kind of ending that has been absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to this point. The journey is a little rough, particularly in the beginning as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely try to pull together the various pieces of the Marvel puzzle in as little time as possible. It’s a difficult task to be sure, one that suggests that “Infinity War” might have benefited from one more film to help bridge the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” “Thor: Ragnarock “and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (“Black Panther” feeds into the narrative perfectly). There has been so much time devoted to establishing the various characters and their relationships that it is a shame that “Infinity War” doesn’t have more time to explore the fallout following the events of “Civil War.” That’s not to say that the film doesn’t have any character development, it just means that certain relationships are given priority over others and while that might make sense in the big picture, it robs the film of scenes that could have helped to ground the story and pulled audiences in closer.

The film dramatically improves once the players are all put in place and the ground rules are established as the action of the core narrative is allowed to take over. It’s rarely more than a good popcorn movie. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected it to be more emotionally engaging than it is.

With the fate of the universe on the line, the tone of the film is more akin to the serious tone of “Black Panther” than the playful approach of “Thor: Ragnarock.” The film isn’t void of comedy, there’s still quite a few fantastic moments that will have audiences briefly distracted from the darker aspects of the story, but don’t expect to leave the theater skipping. Despite the sloppy execution, the film still packs a punch. Whatever you might think you are prepared for, you aren’t. That’s not a bad thing.

Buckle in, hold on tight and see where the ride takes you.

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