A fun, entertaining movie to be sure, but ultimately has a few glaring problems that any thinking movie-goer would be able to figure out. And if you follow the plot line through the entire movie and figure out what the problems are, you will be underwhelmed.
This movie has all of your favorite Marvel superheroes in it, and SPOILER ALERT, half of them die. The plot line is highly focused around Thanos, a futuristic/stronger version of Paul Ehrlich who you may remember from the 60s as being famous for giving strong warnings about population control (thank you Ben Shapiro for the reference), which didn’t pan out as promised. You would think a being like Thanos, who has within his means the ability to, well, think . . . see where Ehrlich was wrong, and as our population has gotten bigger and our technology has advanced, we have become better, not worse. I will admit that I have not seen all of the Marvel movies (or shows for that matter) and maybe there is some more background as to how Thanos got to his conclusion of getting rid of 50% of the population, but it was not spelled out in the movie. We just know of a time on his home planet of not taking this action like he wanted because he was out-voted and then a lot of his people suffered. This seems to be his whole reasoning for moving forward with searching for all of the infinity stones so he can snap his fingers to kill half the population, which, SPOILER ALERT, he does.
And this brings us to the other glaring problem with the movie. A handful of the Avengers get Thanos in a pickle and have him tied down at some point in the movie, and Star-Lord (after finding out some less than ideal information), loses his cool and starts beating Thanos over the head with a gun. This inevitably allows Thanos to lose his reigns from the other Avengers and get away, leading ironically enough to the death of Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew. Another problem now arises: with the Guardians of the Galaxy crew now gone, how does director James Gunn expect to finish the movie he promised us (that is for sure coming out) called Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3?
This is where the whole movie starts to unravel for the thinking audience since we know certain people cannot be dead because we already know what movies are coming out and the proper succession of these movies. How will all of those dead Avengers be revived? Well, we will have to wait for another mediocre movie to find out. Anthony Lane of the New Yorker has it figured out:
There were times, as the audience was hollering around me, with Marvel mania in full spate, that I felt like a mourner at the graveside of cinema. Hence the most moving scene in the film, when various people are blown away—not shot or blasted but sifted and dispersed, dust to dust, and swiftly gone with the wind. It’s a sad sight, but sadder still is my premonition: they’ll be back.
Avengers: Infinity War is doing (not surprisingly) very well amongst our friends over at Rotten Tomatoes with an 84%, as they continue allowing sub-par and thin movies to plague the scenes of proper filmmaking.