A spectacle event like no other before, Avengers: Infinity War breaks new ground with a series of movies that spans the past 10 years. Some believe that it has all lead up to this moment. In a technicality, it actually all leads up to Avengers 4 but that didn’t stop the hype train. So what ended up happening with Avengers: Infinity War and does it live up to your hype.
If you wanted a review that validates your own opinion of this movie, this might not be it. Avengers: Infinity War is a bad movie. Some people criticize Marvel movies of being cookie-cutter by design with minimal risks taken; this movie breaks that mold. Infinity War breaks convention and trys a whole new way of telling a story in this universe. It does not go well.
The problem starts right as the movie begins. The pacing is off and is very distracting. At first, I thought it was a tonal problem, but realized that the tone would have worked if the opening was better cut and paced better. This specific problem of pacing plagues the movie throughout its entirety. There are so many moments that the movie wants you to be subdued by emotion but it fails every single time. All these wasted character moments pile up and it is very noticeable. There are a few times that some of these moments land and they make a big impression due to the rest of the movie not pulling its weight.
These moments were not crafted from this movie though. The scenes that hit the hardest owe their success to previous movies. The character arcs and storylines forged previously are what give the pay off in this movie any impact. If anything, this movie hinders those moments preventing them from truly becoming great.
But maybe you want to see Infinity War for the promised bombastic action. Well, you might want to watch the first Avengers movie for that, or suffer through Civil War to get to the airport scene. The action here is noticeably less enjoyable than other Marvel movies. This isn’t to say there wasn’t a standout sequence that was really cool to watch, the only problem is that there was only that one. The other action doesn’t pop off the screen, it doesn’t captivate you. It seemed comparable to a Transformers movie at times, and you never want to be compared to Transformer movies.
I can’t really voice some of my specific complaints about the movie without giving away spoilers. This does not mean I had a problem with the actual story, but in how some of the story beats were presented. To be honest, I don’t have a problem with the events that occurred or how the movie ended. It doesn’t make me wonder what is to come and doesn’t make me excited about the movies coming before Avengers 4. It does remind me of superhero tropes and how when you strip it down, this movie wastes what could have made it special.
All in all, the movie actually surprised me. For the first time in a Marvel movie, the original score actually had music that was good. There was also some really good CGI work on some of the enemies faces and clothing. It was really cool to see realistic CGI. So I can’t hide from the fact that this wasn’t a good movie.
5/10 It doesn't earn what it wants because they didn't put in the work
Some people might think this is a horror movie based on the trailers that have come out but it's not. A Quiet Place is more of a thriller that has some baked in horror elements. That means, while it might seem like a horror movie, it honestly isn't. The movie is, however, fantastic.
From the set design to the acting, this movie keeps your attention. It quickly sets up the stakes and you feel the urgency in the characters. There is an ever present danger that makes good on the threat of death. The movie keeps you on your toes, only letting you breathe sighs of relief for seconds. It really feels like anything can happen, that no one is safe.
The movie does a great job keeping tensions high, but some of the dialogue is not great. The story has a fantastic premise and is told well. It is a very good thing that there is little dialogue. This movie has the problem of relying on child actors to deliver dialogue meant for an adult. When this happens, the scene is brief and passes quickly. I'm nitpicking here because I enjoyed the movie so much.
The world feels lived in. You buy the fact the world has had monsters in it for over a year. It is such a captivating movie to watch. I loved so much about it that I have to recommend you see it. It doesn't pull any punches and keeps you on your toes, but it does not have gore or sensationalized violence. This is a great choice because it adds to the danger instead of letting you get accustomed to it.
Definitely see it in a setting that allows you to experience it the way it is meant to. In my theater, it turned all loud people quiet. It feels like the audience itself couldn't make noise. It really is a great movie.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it looked a little weak. I didn't have high hopes but was completely surprised. I can say that this is a solid movie. There really isn't anything horrible about it, nothing so bad that makes it unwatchable. If you want a semi-classic adventure movie, this is totally it.
The movie takes it's time building up the characters. It paints a vivid picture of where these characters are in life and their day to day. There isn't anything special about this part of the movie, some of it could come off as unnecessary, but it's not bad. Everything makes sense in the overall story and works. The movie makes it easy to understand what's going on, partly because nothing too crazy is happening.
So the setup for the movie is good, the characters are good, the plot is fine, the action is fine, what about the movie isn't solid? Some of the green screen and CGI work is not that great. In a lot of scenes throughout the movie, it is easy to tell when things are fake. It's not super distracting and probably not that noticeable if you don't watch it in a theater.
Tomb Raider is easy to watch with no real major story hangups. The inspiration from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was fun to see. I didn't have a problem with most of the movie not happening in a tomb, some other people did, but I appreciated the focus on character build up more. There is quite a bit of shaky camera work but isn't too distracting. The cinematography was boring but most people wouldn't notice that.
The stand out for me was Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. She did some really convincing acting during the second act of the movie when Lara gets injured. The audience I was with did a lot of audible groaning in a squeamish nature when watching the scene. I also liked Daniel Wu as Lu Ren playing the part of main side character. Just like everything else, the cast was very solid.
I liked watching Tomb Raider. It doesn't really do anything new, but it makes an effort to be fun. Going in with low expectations was a nice change of pace. Again, it's a solid movie but not the must-see action flick of the year. It's a good solid movie, nothing less and if they make a sequel, hopefully more.
7/10 People said Vikander wasn't pretty enough? That's dumb