Saw it last night! Here’s my Non-Spoiler review for Infinity War.
Thanos - He is, by far, the best MCU villain to date. He’s menacing, sinister, well developed, but not ruthless. Thanos, on a certain level, provokes empathy. He genuinely understands the emotional impact his actions have on others, even acknowledges it, yet devastates their world all the same. He was truly fascinating to watch.
Tension - Many scenes are stressful to watch. The stakes are high. The film’s opening does a good job at establishing a tone in which nobody is safe. I’d never felt this in an MCU film before. It was great.
Epic - This film’s scope is...epic. The ensemble is huge. The variety of locations visited is plentiful. The scale of the battles is large. It feels like Lord of the Rings, but Marvel.
Cinematography: I don’t normally praise the MCU for this, but the camera movement for this film was surprisingly cinematic. The Russo’s incorporated many gorgeous wide-shots, panning dialogue shots, a decent long-take during the NYC battle. I’m glad to see the MCU is finally giving a shit about this. For too long their films have felt like high budget television shows with no ambition to try anything more than repeated over shoulder shots.
Classic MCU Humor - It’s here. It’s abundant. It still destroys tension and heartfelt moments for cheap laughs. It’s simply not needed. In a film where the Guardians have considerable screen time, their shouldn’t be a need for additional levity. Much of the time, the humor is ill-placed, given the stakes.
CGI - While the CGI looks good throughout most of the film, there are intermittent moments where it doesn’t deliver. It’s noticeable. And it snatches you from the cinematic experience ever so briefly. That’s all.
Verdict: 9.5/10 - My favorite MCU film since Iron Man (2008). Can’t wait to see it again!