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Infinity War is...fine.
I've been dancing around (or maybe outright stating, can't really remember what I've written or said about all 18 previous movies) the fact that the MCU has increasingly been embracing a comic-book style of story-telling. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing - comic books can be really great! But there's a lot inherent to the format that keeps them from achieving their true potential, especially in the realm of on-going superhero stories. And especially when the "micro" storylines of individual series get sidelined or overwritten by big crossover events. Like Infinity War.
Because Infinity War, more than any other big MCU crossover so far, feels like one of those big events. Where the threat and the fight and the "yay look at all these great team-ups we've been waiting for" are all that matters and everything else like theme and character motivation/psychology and narrative mostly take a backseat. They aren't absent, and maybe a movie that has to juggle as much as Infinity War should get some credit for the effort and attempts it makes - but the end product still doesn't end up with a whole lot of juice.
So it's popcorn - nothing wrong with popcorn, so long as you weren't expecting a meal. It's watching very charismatic actors be very charismatic together. It's some pretty decent action sequences across the board. It's a mile-a-minute blockbuster that should earn the editors who worked on it big bonuses cause it could have been a horrible mess and it wasn't. But given how a couple of the most recent MCU installments have been flexing their thematic muscles more, telling some self-contained stories that give their characters some new notes to play - it's a bit of a letdown that Infinity War hits backspace or reset on those.
Will be interested to see how this affects Agents of SHIELD but since they've all but given up keeping the show part of the mivieverse it'll probably be ignored. >_>
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