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