Although some of what I’ve written in this could be considered a “spoiler”, let me be up front in saying I don’t think Infinity War is worth watching, so I’m not spoiling what is already.
The real question though, is right here: Is Disney preparing to ruin the Marvel Universe? If we look at all of the Star Wars movies made by Disney, do we see a steady decline? Does the quality of each single film diminish?
I think so.
They seemed to be trying to outdo the previous films. Rather than delivering the cool characters like Darth Maul or Han Solo or Boba Fett, the movies delivered the one-up version of the Death Star. It was a Sun Destroyer wasn’t it? Sun Sucker? If they kept that escalation up, they’d have the Galaxy Demolisher next, and then the Spaces Between Gun, and then the Universe Killer, and then, of course, the Multiverse Devourer, and after that, just a tiny little cannon with a name like something out of a silly Douglas Adams book.
With the Marvel Universe, they’ve gone toward the Infinity War, which apparently is still happening outside of the movie watcher’s point of reference (well then the infinity part is true). And the common theme there was really long, pointless, unending battle. No amount of witty one-liners between the characters can make up for that blatantly padded style. It makes me wonder if Disney needs to be quarantined and kept away from the good stories of the world. They should go back to fairy tales. Or, does Disney just need some fresh storytellers on staff? Maybe the people they have in the company are all dried up and out of material. Rey, for instance, could’ve been a really cool character, with really great story plotlines to throw her in, but they made her opponent so overpowered that she didn’t get to live up to the potential. Very much like in the Infinity War. The bad guy is ultra powerful. So what good are any of the super hero characters, if the bad guy is unstoppable?
The real low blow of the Infinity War is that it was a drain on real-time, the movie watcher’s actual life, without satisfaction. The movie had no end. It was a To Be Continued…ending, though it didn’t have those actual words that I saw. So, instead of telling a story, the people at Disney thought they could get away with creating a serialized movie? It didn’t work for this movie watcher. I’ve talked to other people about it and none of them have liked it either. So, you could even say that because Disney opted for this particular story, in this particular form, their ultra powerful bad guy could break the fictional Marvel universe AND the movie-goer’s perception of the Marvel universe.
One possible up side is if everybody gets sick of Disney destroying other people’s creations, then maybe some day Disney will get a clue and stop buying up the high-concept brands such as Star Wars and Marvel. Chances are, if they don’t care about the stories and they’re only in it to make a buck, then they’ll do it again and again. If that’s the case, watch out Doctor Who fans, and Star Trek fans, and Lord of the Rings fans. Disney’s coming to wreck those too.
Now for the metric:
- Drawing power: Does the story pull you in and make you feel as if you’re part of the world? Well, yes, so they get a star.
- Interest factor: Is the story something you want to hear, see, know? Are you craving to discover how it ends? The basis of the plot was certainly interesting. Do I want to know how it ends now? Not really. Half star.
- Offensive factor: Does it present sex, violence, cursing too abundantly or too vividly? Does it present a querulous agenda? Nothing offensive. Star earned.
- Range of emotion: Is the story serious when necessary? Do the jokes come at appropriate times? Does the story present emotions at pleasing intervals? There were a few parts where the jokes fell flat. Half star.
- Character factor: Are there good actors (not necessarily famous ones) in the film? Are there quality protagonists/antagonists in the literary work? Is there a quality dynamic between the characters? Is the narrator mostly invisible? Yes. Star it.
- Style: Does the film use sloppy-cam? Does the literary work use loose plot lines? Are all the words in the right places? Are all the props in the right scenes? Uh-oh, the throughline got loose! No star.
- Proper length: Does a fantasy world require multiple manuscripts? Does a dystopian world beg to be spartan or truncated? Overly long. No star.
Total=four out of seven stars. Obviously if you converted that to a percentage, it’s more than 50%, so the movie is watchable, isn’t it? Yes. In good conscience, I can’t recommend it on the basis of it being without an ending.