Script9Story9.5Directing9.5Acting9Effects8Soundtrack9Reader Rating3 Votes9.6The GreatFantastic story, and well-paced Brilliant establishment of villainsA collection of the many iconic moments of the MCUAlmost makes up for GotG2 and Thor: RagnarokThe Not-GreatDoesn't actually make up for Thor: Ragnarok 9As stated by the Russo brothers (and the cast of the Avengers: Infinity War), this review is spoiler-free and conforms to #ThanosDemandsYourSilence. It’s been 10 years since I fell to my knees in the middle of GVMax at Vivo City upon hearing Samuel L. Jackson’s voice booming from the shadows of Tony Stark’s home, educating the soon-to-be Avenger of his true place in the world. It’s been a damn good 10 years since, and the payoff is amazing. Picking up almost directly from the events of Thor: Ragnarok (sadly making the movie significant-ish), Avengers: Infinity War wastes no time diving straight into the action, delivering well-paced and placed exposition to catch the audience up. A large point of the apprehension that Infinity War faced was the sheer number of characters that would have to be given attention while also developing and establishing a whole bunch of new bad guys. Thankfully, not only is every character given a measure of screen time perfected to their function, but the characters that are selected to share screen time with them are also perfectly chosen, allowing all of them to function at their best. This is especially crucial with the four new villains heralding the arrival of Thanos who, himself, is a relative unknown to the audience. Nevertheless, the very sinister aura of the Black Legion is established easily with each of their appearances, culminating in the strangely calming presence of Thanos whose menacing presence is reserved to inspire a deep unsettling fear for any hero in his presence. As satisfying as the movie’s story, pacing, and use of characters are, there are some very deliberate story choices that make the film function less like an Avengers movie and more like a four-issue tie-in leading up to the main event. And if that doesn’t make this the single most comic book-y movie (other than Deadpool), then I don’t what is. Avengers: Infinity War is out in theatres now and right now tickets might be slightly harder to find than the Soul Stone. In the spirit of keeping things totally spoiler-free, here’s a completely spoiler-free trailer: Ps: If you’re wondering if you should stay till the end credits… yes. Yes, you should. It’s marvellous. Win a set of 5 Marvel-themed PopSockets It’s amazing how Marvel Studios have managed to pull off such a feat, 10 years in the making. Creating a cinematic world where all their heroes and stories co-exist in a manner that’s actually coherent and entertaining. We’re doing our small part, courtesy of PopSockets, to commemorate this event by giving away a set of 5 Marvel-themed PopSockets – enough for you to share with your fellow Avengers! All you have to do is complete these simple social actions: 1. ‘Like’ the justsaying.ASIA FB page 2. ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ the Facebook post 3. ‘Tag’ FB Friends you would avenge the world with! Winners will be announced via Facebook on Friday, 4 May 2018. *Contest is open to all residents of Singapore. * Prizes are courtesy of PopSockets Singapore.