The early reviews are in and so far so good for the most anticipated movie of the year, which critics say is visually explosive, manages the "high stakes" game extremely well, takes some rather stunning risks, packs more of an emotional punch than the usual team-up film, and has a better-than-average villain for a Marvel movie. In other words, this one, like "Black Panther," appears to be worth the $20 you're about to shell out on Fandango.
Rotten Tomatoes (which has gotten some unearned flak from the film industry as of late) has helpfully provided some highlights of the early buzz from critics at the film's premiere Monday. I'm using that as a jumping off point below. A few big takeaways from reviewers:
It's a true blockbuster, that goes big, "puts all the stakes on the table," "knocks you on your a$$" and will leave you saying "Holy Hell":
Speaking of high stakes, several reviewers said they were genuinely surprised at how far the film would go, describing it as "darker" than the average Marvel film and more emotionally impactful. Here's how The Playlist's Rodrigo Perez describes it:
IGN Comics' Joshua Yehl really got into it:
It's not all just sound and fury, it takes significant risks:
But, of course, it's not perfect. It is, after all, part 1 of a 2-part film, thus it's inevitably frustrating on some levels:
Like so many blockbusters, it can be a little exhausting.
All in all, it sounds like "Infinity War" is going to make Marvel and Disney a whole lot of money. Now the question is, can it beat "Black Panther," which has now passed $680 million domestically?