7.5/10 Overall Score
This review will contain spoilers for the whole movie, but I will give a general non-spoiler preface to that part of the review, so you're fine until I give you the spoiler warning.
Marvel's new Infinity Wars movie has some major positives and equally as much has some major negatives, your opinion of the movie largely depends on a few key factors, but mainly just whether or not you are willing to get around certain problems in the movie. Many people will be entering the theatre, not having watched any of the previous Marvel superhero movies that all take place in the MCU(Marvel Cinematic Universe) before this movie, which is something I would not recommend doing. You can watch this movie alone and still understand almost everything going on, but there are lots of references to previous movies and certain lines or gags that you will appreciate more if you have seen some of the other ones. I do understand that the prospect of watching almost 20 full length movies before this one sounds daunting, but if you really just to get on with it, then you can just watch a few of the more newer and popular ones to get an idea of what you're in for. The movie itself has some great humor, and the large cast of characters surprisingly doesn't feel too overwhelming, because there are grouped segments of characters in what feels like a lot of B plots that overlap at certain points rather than being a singular plotline for the whole time. Almost every character has at least one memorable line in the movie, and practically all of the jokes are good (I saw this movie opening day, and there were some obnoxious people sitting near me laughing really loudly, but that shouldn't be an issue if you are planning on seeing it now, because it's been out for a few weeks and lots of people have already seen it). There is some really great dialogue in the movie, and some nice scenes that really can get you to feel empathy for the villain and the heroes alike. The CGI is done really well, apart from a few moments (for example, when a CGI character picks up a human actor, it can look a bit janky sometimes, but it's hardly noticeable). Kids and adults who are fans of the superhero genre will definitely like this movie.
SPOILER WARNING (spoiler discussion/review):
There are a lot of deaths in this movie, but the only ones that were done well in my opinion were the two at the beginning (Loki and the other dude that I forgot the name of), Vision, and Gamora. All of the deaths that happened at the end due to Thanos snapping his fingers after collecting the infinity stones felt rushed and didn't really make me feel any emotion. Most of them didn't even get any lines before they died, and Spider-man's dialogue before his death was poorly done, and there was only one movie for this version of Spider-man before Infinity Wars, and if the other planned sequels had come out before this one, then I probably would have felt more from him dying, because his character would have been more fleshed out and interesting. I understand why the deaths had to be rushed, because there was a large cast, and the movie didn't have much run time left to spare before it would have become boring to sit through. And while the 2 and a half hour run time is super long, it doesn't ever lose its focus or feel boring, unlike other movies of that run time (Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an example of a movie that feels way longer compared to this movie). The pacing is surprisingly well done, and most of the movie takes a brisk pace that still allows you to breath and understand what's going on. Though every scene with the Guardians of the Galaxy halts the pacing of the movie most of the time just to tell a few jokes or for plot reasons. The cinematography is nothing special, it's just average and nothing to really criticize or praise. The part where the movie really shines is in Thanos and his character. He was essentially the main character, and he was the most well done part of the whole movie. He had legitimate motivation, which made him a character you could empathize with and it made him interesting as a villian. His quest to collect the infinity stones feels like it has a true purpose behind it, and he doesn't necessarily have bad intentions, it's just that the length at which he is willing to go to achieve his goals is what makes it evil. He collects the stones, snaps his fingers, and kills half of the population of the universe, which is a great part of the movie. The movie is a part 1 of 2, so it does kind of feel like it ends at the climax rather than the resolution, but that makes it slightly better because the climax is really good. They set up Thor like he is going to beat Thanos and you really feel like he could, and then when he loses and Thanos wins, it feels like a real shocker moment that was executed fabulously. The death of Gamora was one of the best scenes in the whole movie, and it was a real show of character for Thanos, and it shows how his motivations have twisted him as a person. Pretty much all of the scenes with Thanos are the best parts of the movie. This review is getting a bit long, so I'm just gonna put some ending remarks here.
Avengers Infinity Wars is a great movie, and the fact that the directors were able to pull of the styles of all of the different movies and have good dialogue and humor is something to really commend, especially considering their only previous works in the MCU were the Captain America movies. I would give this movie a 7.5/10, which equates to the 4 star rating I gave. If you read all of this review, thank you, and I hope you enjoy the movie...