Reviews are finally in for Avengers: Infinity War, the 19th instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie franchise. Featuring more superheros than you can easily fit on a poster – Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, the Hulk, et al – it’s reportedly the second most expensive film of all time. But is it any good? The answer from British critics is an almost unanimous yes. It’s ”furiously entertaining”, according to the Times, while the Express called it ”pure entertainment on a scale never before seen in cinema”. The Telegraph’s Tim Robey was one of the few UK reviewers to express reservations, criticising the ”collect-the-gems” plot as clichéd, and arguing that Josh Brolin’s performance as super-villain Thanos was smothered by the film’s CGI technology. Those “gems” are infinity stones, which Thanos wants to use to power a world-destroying gauntlet. The heroes’ efforts to stop him take them across the universe, from New York to the fictional African nation of Wakanda and various alien planets. (The Scotsman’s critic focused on a scene set in Edinburgh, complaining about the appearance of a ”stereotypical” sign for deep-fried kebabs.) Beyond that, however, the plot is still closely under wraps. Reviewers were forbidden from printing any details – particularly which hero(es) may die in the film – for fear of… Read full this story
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