Okay, this is gonna be quick and dirty because I saw a late show and slept about 3 hours last night. Also, I’m loath to spoil anything. If ever there was a film you needed to go into with as little foreknowledge as possible, it’s Infinity War.
Okay good stuff first. I think just about everybody gets a moment to shine. There are a ton of characters pinballing around on the big screen, but I didn’t feel like anybody got really pushed to the background. It’s especially great to see characters who have never met play off each other. Standouts are Spiderman, Tony Stark, Doctor Strange, Gamora, Starlord, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth especially does an amazing job playing the goofy, lovable Thor from Ragnarok, while still giving moments of emotionally vulnerability for someone who just lost his home and much else).
Thanos is great. I think Josh Brolin’s performance is excellent. The design team on Thanos did a stellar job making the Mad Titan tower over our heroes. Easily one of the best MCU villains to date.
The battles in Infinity War certainly live up to the title. Each fight is visually dazzling, if a little hectic and confusing at times because there’s just so much jam-packed on the screen.
Okay, bad/less good stuff.
So there are…let’s say four main plotlines of this movie and they kick off in very different parts of the universe. So there are basically three act ones that sort of fight for screen time until things really get rolling.
There’s a lot of humor in Infinity War. There’s a lot of dark stuff in Infinity War. For the most part, the dark scenes are impactful. Nobody drops a one liner at a weird time to spoil anything, but there are times when we jump from something like a planetary genocide to Starlord being jealous of Thor, light years away. I got mood whiplash more than a couple of times to this film’s detriment.
Okay last thing that is neither bad nor good is the ending. I won’t spoil anything, but this ending…this ending is going to be a deal breaker for a lot of people. Personally, I like it. The as of yet untitled Avengers 4 comes out in a year, so we don’t have to wait too terribly long to see how in the world things get back on track, but I can see a lot of folks not being happy with how things turned out.
Overall, I think Infinity War is one of the better films in the MCU. It’s exciting, funny, and heart-wrenching in equal doses. It manages to bring together a giant cast of characters and lets each of them shine, while adding memorable additions to the roster.