Starring almost anyone you could name and far too many to name because I don’t want to be sitting here creating hyperlinks all day, Avengers: Infinity War features the The Avengers and their allies sacrificing all in an attempt to defeat the all-powerful Thanos before he puts an end to not just the world, but the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War is a technical masterpiece. I opted for 2D since I saw it at 8 a.m. at Alamo Drafthouse (and there were absolutely no cocktails involved, although they were being served. I guess it was 5 p.m. somewhere…). I wasn’t in a 3D mood at that hour of the morning. Not today. It is stunning to look at and I would imagine the 3D to be a more immersive experience. The CGI and other special effects are literally awesome. The set design, costumes, props, sound, lighting, editing – everything about Infinity War is a visual treat. The choreography and technical aspects and logistics of the fight and battle scenes were most enjoyable. And the weapons were aaah-mazing!
Okay. Let’s cut to the chase. Changing the narrative from “save the world” to “save the universe” didn’t make this movie feel any more fresh than any other movie where a superhero or superheroes work to save the world. The “save the world” story line is tired. At least I’m tired of it (and have been for a long time), so Infinity War wasn’t as much of a life changing experience for me as it might be for you if you are a super fan of the genre, obviously.
If a two hour 29 minute movie can sustain itself using only two cuss words, it can sustain itself cuss free. Just make a PG movie and skip the cuss words, as these couple of words are the only reason the -13 is added on. I am a cussing machine in real life. Ask almost anyone who has ever met me and they can tell you all about it. But this tactic of using cuss words as jokes, movie, after movie, after movie, after movie, is stale. Admittedly, those words get the same audience response every time, but now it feels as though people have somehow almost been programmed to laugh out loud.
And why 2 hours and 29 minutes? Huh? The length of the movie does not directly correlate to its quality. Do studios feel the audience believe the longer the film the more satisfied they will be with the product? There were definite lulls here, times where I shifted in my seat, rolled my eyes and checked the time, as did others around me. Never during the action sequences, of course; but there were times. And that stay until the end of the never ending credits is ridiculous. I don’t look at this hostage situation as the treat super fans seem to perceive it to be. After 2 hours 29 minutes, I’m ready to go. I don’t know about you, but I have things to do… It was bad enough I had to leave home at 7:30 to catch the damn movie in the first place. (Sorry, not sorry. I’m tired.)
The acting, as usual, is what it is. There are no Academy Award winning performances here and there will be no quibbling about anyone being snubbed next year. I must admit that it felt epic to see all these characters in one film. Problem was, at times the movie felt choppy as we shifted back and forth between sets of characters, from location to location to location, and back again. Infinity War has a lot of moving parts that don’t always mesh together so seamlessly.
Avengers: Infinity War earned 8 out of 10 bloops. It’s not a perfect movie, but it is undeniably, technically great. The technical greatness making it better than an average popcorn movie, and one that is without a doubt worth seeing on the big screen. I would recommend 3D if you’re into it and can handle the cost. Try not to sit too close to the front if you can get in at all this weekend without having purchased advanced tickets. Good luck with that!
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1 = worst ever, avoid at all cost
2 = very bad, forget about it!
3 = poor movie, not recommended
4 = not good, even for free – NO!
5 = so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6 = not bad, could have been better
7 = good movie, worth seeing
8 = great movie, don’t miss it!
9 = excellent movie, a must see!
10 = a masterpiece, go see it now!
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I’m too tired to say. Right now, I’m going to take a nap!
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