It was great. A great accumulation of everything that came before it. Granted with this movie it’s best that you have seen Doctor Strange, Ragnorak, Homecoming, and the 2 Guardians; you can add Civil War to the list. But really, it’s not too hard to have seen all 18 prior to this movie coming out. But I do know people who don’t care for this franchise and well, that’s too bad for them to start getting into it now. All are welcome though.
149 minutes. It did not feel like that whatsoever. I am glad. The Last Jedi was 151 minutes and I felt every minute of it. I dreaded it. It just wouldn’t end. With Infinity War, I was sad it was ending.
The biggest anyone would have with this movie is that it is not a movie. There is not a lot of character building since all of that was done in the prior movies. I feel bad for the friend who is dragged to see this without having seen any of the MCU. This is made for those who were committed to the characters in their solo films and the character arcs those characters went on in those various films. It really rewards those who remember and actually care. There are moments which are a lot more gut-wrenching if you remember the relationship between the characters sharing those moments. The Black Order is also cannon-fodder. They exist to be killed. Ebony Maw has more character but they should’ve been introduced throughout the MCU prior to give them any actual weight. It’s the same program I had with Ultron who just showed up in his movie, he would have been much more compelling if he was mentioned or hinted at prior to Age of Ultron.
The most character building is with Thanos. They did it well here. They humanized him and made him a hero of his own story. You really could see where he was coming from despite the fact that it is wrong. A lot more emotions than I would have expected, considering the track record MCU has with its villains. This was a payoff for sure of 10 years. He was hinted at and seen but never really explored.
The pacing is quick. It’s either action packed or emotional-charged. There really isn’t any slow moments except for maybe a scene with Gamora but that is an emotional heavy scene. As packed as it is, it never feels exhausting. This is no Mad Max: Fury Road. I watched this twice and on my second viewing, even though I know what else was coming, I never dreaded it.
The action was great fun and had risks. With what happens in the beginning of the movie, it was all on the table, no one was saved. This created this tense atmosphere and vibe whenever Thanos was around. Definitely would keep people on the edge of their seats.
This movie was largely focused on Thor/Guardians and Strange/Iron man which is fine since there were so many characters on screen. Cap and crew got the least amount of screen-time but it worked narratively cause the story we got was much more pressing than just setting up a stand at Wakanda. From what I read, Russos already said there would be a shift of focus in Avengers 4 so I’m totally fine with treating these 2 movies as a longer one rather than 2 entirely separated ones. Screen-time would not be an issue in a 4-5 hour film. There’s nothing to dislike about this film besides changing the set-up prior to make this film even more hard-hitting. Lots of characters and the balance was fine and delivered a good story about Thanos and that’s all I wanted.