Avengers: Infinity War ★★★★

Back in 1914, Arthur Quiller-Couch suggested it was necessary to “murder your darlings” for the greater good of your creative work. Such a principle applies to a film like Avengers: Infinity War, which is the end result of a decade of filmmaking (and the 19th Marvel movie out of the gate). In a world where audiences are used to seeing the impossible made possible, and even more used to seeing the good guys always save the day and the bad guys always slink away defeated, the stakes need to be high, and the sacrifices need to feel like they matter. This is the darkest place that Marvel has ever dared to take its franchise, and although it’s nowhere near as bleak as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, it’s certainly not afraid to be more adventurous and more challenging.

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