7/10 After a solid decade of Marvel films that have all been leading up to this, many people have asked if this was worth it? Did it live up to the hype? Is it the best Marvel film now that all the buildup has brought us here? Well the answer is mainly no, but that is not to say that this isn’t a good movie. This, like many Marvel films, is good, but it could have been so much more and it left me mildly disappointed when I walked out of the theater. Let’s start with the great aspects of this film before we get to the more negative problems that held the film back. For starters, the film has probably the best villain not just in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but has probably the best villain I have seen since Heath Ledger played the Joker. Thanos has clear motivations and some might even say that he is justified in his end goal. It is nice to have a memorable villain and one that you can identify with. A villain whom makes a sacrifice for what he believes in, which I respected. The acting is also very strong across the board as everyone (except for one; more on him later) brings their A game. The visual effects are extremely well done and the fight choreography continues to impress. For a longer movie, the pacing is very solid so the film doesn’t feel long at all. They also were smart with keeping the humor to a minimum and not going overboard with it like several of the last Marvel films have poorly done (cough”Thor:Ragnarok”cough). All those impressive aspects aside, this film definitely has problems that many Marvel fanboys fail to admit. First off, despite overall doing a decent job of balancing so many characters, the amount of screen time certain characters have compared to others is very unbalanced. Most of the time is spent with Thanos, Gamora, Iron Man, Thor, Dr. Strange and Star Lord. Yet Captain America, Black Widow, Black Panther, War Machine and Falcon get 6 minutes of screen time or less in a film that is over two and a half hours. Those characters with little screen time I am sure will get a lot more in the sequel but they are really wasted here and don’t do anything besides fight. Their characters don’t get an arc. When the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor plot line was happening on screen, it slowed things down and made me want to get back to other plot lines that had more to offer. Continuing to have Thor be this newly comedic character continues to make his character suffer and become less interesting. Vision, who was build up as extremely powerful in past films, is completely neutered and weak. I hate what they have done with the Hulk. He went from, “That’s my secret, I’m always angry” and being able to turn into the Hulk any time he wanted to to being stuck in the Hulk for a couple years to now, not able to get back into the Hulk. None of this is ever explained or makes any sense as there is no consistency with his character. Watching him have this inner monologue with himself was extremely awkward and the only time I can say Mark Ruffalo has given a weak acting job as this character. The lack of Hawkeye and Ant-Man was minor but also slightly annoying since everyone else is here. There is also a surprise cameo from an older character that at first I loved because it was so unexpected but then instantly didn’t like because it wasn’t the original actor playing him again. Finally, the film’s largest flaw is easily the ending. Without spoiling specific characters, a lot of them die at the end of the film. However, this is such a cheap ploy to manipulate your emotions since we know they are all coming back. You can’t pretend that you killed off a character when they are literally about to start shooting another one of their standalone movies. We know all these characters will be brought back, so there is absolutely no emotional weight when it comes to their death because we know their death is so temporary. This kills any and all stakes and leaves us with a frustrating cliff hanger. Characters whom actually die earlier on in the film are killed so quickly and not given any justice, which was disappointing. “Infinity War” did have a lot of hype to live up to and excels in many areas but characters not getting their due, a boring plot line and a cheap ending that we know won’t last holds this good film back from becoming the great Marvel adventure it could have been. Check it out but don’t get your hopes up too high.
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