If you haven’t seen this movie yet, just scroll down to my rating, and then come back for the review once you’ve seen it.
This review is going to be spoiler free, of course, but I could say “spoiler free” at the end of every sentence, and I know most of you wouldn’t read it anyway it until you’ve actually seen the movie (spoiler free). So just look at the rating (spoiler free).
Anyway, I was planning on seeing this movie twice before writing the review, but I haven’t gotten the chance to yet, and I was tired of waiting (….. spoiler free. Okay, I swear that was the last one).
To put it plainly, I really really enjoyed Infinity War. All of the elements of this movie are well thought-out and put together. Most of my criticisms of the movie are just minor issues or “nitpicks” as people often like to accuse me of doing (unless said film is broadly disdained).
Did Infinity War surprise me? Eh, a little bit. Not as much as I was hoping, but I got what I wanted with a few bonuses.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the movie was Thanos as a villain. This is without a doubt the most compelling villain of the MCU saga. Again, that’s not saying very much, but Thanos has what almost no other villain in the MCU has.
Sure, he has presence like say, Loki.
Yes, he is emotionally layered like say, Killmonger.
But what the guy has that no other MCU villain has is believability. There’s an air of competence and threat to him that almost no other villain in this universe has.
Thus, because of Thanos, the movie did have more than some semblance of consequential weight.
That said, one of my favorite characters in the movie was actually Ebony Maw. There was just something about him that I loved watching.
One of the things that really worried me about this movie was just how many characters they had to balance. However, the directors of this film were The Russo Brothers (directors of The Winter Soldier and Civil War), and the good news is that their successful characterization from Civil War carried over to this movie.
Everyone feels useful and important. There are obviously some characters that get the most screen time, and some that aren’t utilized very much. However, all things considered, I can’t say that anyone felt like a waste of potential. Everyone was utilized well enough.
All the respected character groups also had really great chemistry with each other (for the most part).
The movie is also extremely well paced, and I think the fact that they were forced to work with so many characters forced them to utilize all of their time well.
Also, the soundtrack actually has more of a presence in this movie than other MCU installments, and it was actually really good! With this movie and Black Panther, I think it’s safe to say that Marvel is starting to figure out how to implement music into their films to give it more character. They obviously weren’t groundbreaking with how they used their music, but credit where credit is due.
The vast majority of humor really works. There’s some that doesn’t, but most of it does.
Practically all of the action sequences in the movie are extremely fun to watch.
Some small complaints:
There’s a specific group of characters in this movie that I would like to dub the “Frodo and Sam” of this movie (i.e. important scenes, but ultimately they’re pace killers).
And there are a few moments that I thought were dumb and/or convenient.
However, all of my problems with the movie are very minor. This movie is a heaping helping of fun, and I would love to see it again. This movie makes you feel like the stakes are real. It makes you feel like the heroes might actually be in over their heads.
I’m stuck between giving this movie a 7 or an 8. I’m going to see it again on Tuesday, so I’ll know for sure once I see it a second time. At this point, I feel more comfortable rounding down.
Obviously, my review isn’t going to sway you one way or another; you’re either going to see this movie, or you won’t, regardless of what the reviews say. But as someone who doesn’t consider myself a “Marvel fanboy”, you can take it from me that I thought this movie was worth the price of admission.
EDIT: So I had a feeling I should’ve seen this movie twice before reviewing, and after seeing it again Tuesday, I discovered that my hypothesis was correct.
During the second viewing, not only was I able to appreciate some of the more well-thought out moments, but some of the problems I had with the movie were corrected after I realized I missed a line of dialogue or misinterpreted the scene. When I first watched this movie, I was trying to figure out if this was between a 7 or an 8.
After the second viewing, there is no doubt in my mind that Infinity War is an 8… a pretty high 8 at that. It is easily in my top 5 Marvel movies. It may even be my favorite in the entire franchise, but I’d honestly have to watch the rest of my top 5 again to be sure.