It can\'t be said that Marvel didn\'t try really freaking hard on this one; the cast was brilliant, the CGI effects were on point, the score was amazing, continuity was great, and the cinematography was exceptional. Except, it seems that, in all the excitement, Marvel forgot to tell a story. The problems begin with the fact that Infinity War starts with the assumption that you\'ve seen all the Marvel movies up to this point, and are deeply ingrained in the lore already. This is an issue because it means scenes that are ostensibly supposed to have depth and weight are robbed of it due to lack of context. A second problem arises with the sheer size of the cast. Four Lines, All Waiting is in full effect here, which clashes with previous Marvel comics films\' focus on their title characters (and maybe one or two other people). Individuals who were previously deep, well thought-out characters are now reduced to little more than bit parts, with maybe fifteen minutes of screentime each. Related to the above is the sheer scope of what the film\'s MacGuffin, the Infinity Stones, are supposed to be able to do. Five of these six stones were each individually powerful enough to drive the plot of a whole movie (apiece, and at minimum; see also Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Dr. Strange, and Captain America). Individually, getting one of them into the hands of a villain has been enough to create a climax of action; in the first and second Avengers movies, this demanded a team-up of all the heroes who had shown up so far to thwart said Big Bad. Even in promotional material, it\'s guaranteed Thanos gets two; the stones have to be seriously nerfed before there\'s room for a believable/relevant plot. Which brings up the issue of Thanos himself. In the wider comic-verse, the mad titan\'s had a lot of build-up and characterization, but in just this film, there\'s relatively little to him. Attempts are made at giving him a credible backstory and making him somewhat sympathetic, but given that his primary character trait is Omnicidal Maniac (or, in the movie\'s case, half-omnicidal), this effort was doomed to failure before it started. Through the use of his Mooks, sets the bar high, but he himself crosses into \"absurdly overpowered\" territory... emphasis on \"absurdly\". By the end of the film, we\'re at a point where actually beating him would require downplaying his built-up strength considerably... and letting him win would be a Foregone Conclusion. Either ending comes off as entirely cheap and results in a happy/sad ending seemingly for the sake of a happy/sad ending. That being said, there is, indeed, a part 2 to this story. If you haven\'t seen the film already, I would recommend holding out just a bit longer and waiting for part 2, so you can see the complete story pulled together. In the meantime, it would be best to just pass on Infinity War.
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