Sunday, April 14, 2019

Avengers: Infinity War Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Avengers: Infinity War, 93%, A, 4.5 Stars.
I finally get it. I still think the ending was kinda rushed, obviously not gonna stick and too convenient, but I get it now.
This movie wastes no time getting to the point: Thanos’ quest. So fast in fact, we start with him acquiring his second stone, and then it briskly moves between narratives that converge and diverge well enough, culminating in the biggest lie in cinematic history. I still have to ask why Bruce had Hulktile dysfunction and how the whole thing even works at this point based on the fact he was Hulk for years straight, but otherwise, it makes sense, I still don’t approve of certain parts though.
The best part of these movies are the characters, and they are as well developed and relatable as ever. They’re consistent with what we’ve seen before, and the ultimate crossover is more of a character study of Thanos because of how much development he gets and the fact that he succeeds proves this was less of an Avengers movie, and more of a Thanos movie. They should have just called it “Thanos” instead.
The visual effects on Thanos, Rocket, Groot, and all the other CGI characters except for the Children of Thanos are amazing, but live action characters and green screens still don’t blend that well. Might just be my thing where I can just tell green screens, but the rest of the movie looks great, especially with the practical effects.
Most of the content on screen is there for a reason, I’m still not happy with the rushed convenience of Star Lord ruining his own plan and Doctor Strange going back on his word. I just think Nebula shouldn’t have been right there to be able to restrain him because it makes it too easily preventable, and Thanos should have just been able to take it off Doctor Strange the first time. I get they needed to have Thanos acquire all six stones and give the Avengers something to avenge, but come on, you’re just handing HISHE material to work with at this point.
Regardless of story issues, Alan Silvestri returns to provide an epic score. Nuff said.
The humor gets misplaced here and there, but it’s not as overbearing as the first four times I watched this. Also, it’s appropriately edgy enough without Batman V Superman levels of edge.
That movie had “Save Martha” and this one has “No you didn’t!” With better consistency in this one compared to that, Infinity War has its flaws, but I get it now: the Avengers needed something to avenge in Endgame, and even if it’s so preventable that Nebula was right there to restrain Star Lord, they did whatever it took. The only way Endgame could improve this movie is if Nebula’s let in on Doctor Strange’s vision and give more clarity to the Hulk-Banner relationship.

Plot
-Pacing 10/10
-Coherence 8/10
Characters
-Relatability 10/10
-Development 10/10
Picture
-Visual Believability 9/10
-Purposeful Content 7/10
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
-Appropriate Use 10/10
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 9/10
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10

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