So I didn't think I could catch this Thursday night but got a late, 2nd row ticket for a 7:30 p.m., packed, sold-out crowd. Good thing was this theater sets the rows way back from the screen so it didn't feel too close.
Bad thing is I have a stiff back this week (turning 53! this week), and this theater was 'old' stadium-style, and man I was stuck between people like a lettuce wedge.
Generally I had a blast. Infinity Wars is surprisingly funny, and the feel to me is -- for better I think but maybe worse if you didn't like the Guardians films -- like the Guardians, and the Iron Man character, in that everyone is quipping funny lines throughout much of the movie. And the audience ate it up. To the point that I missed many dialogue lines.
I'm used to Thursday night crowds for blockbusters sometimes being subdued. Like there were stronger crowd reactions for opening weekend shows for Black Panther and Wonder Woman, then when I saw the Thursday night openings.
But man, the crowd was really into Infinity Wars. Lot of reasons to applaud/cheer. Neverending action set pieces, lots of variety. ILM at its best. At least one or two I think new FX things that I predict will become vastly overused by other movies in the coming years.
And I felt like one character never quite fully coming across as dynamically as in the comics -- finally gets some moments that had our audience cheering.
And I found Thanos more compelling in this than in his brief appearances in earlier movies.
I worried that the scenes with mass CGI would leave me cold as many of the big battles in Justice League did, but imho there's strong enough characters and personalities in this to still feel invested even when the mass CGI battles threaten to take over the movie.
I won't recap the movie at all (I get frustrated so many movie reviews are like 80% recapping the whole movie; I mean, let the audience experience the details imho). I'm a fan but I really knew next to nothing going into the movie, and I think for the first viewing that really paid off. I'm catching it again tonight, and there's a few key scenes I hope to be able to better hear in the smaller (spaced-apart reclining seats) theater I'm seeing it again tonight.
As far as cons go. Yeah I just don't think anyone can mush this many characters, set pieces, storylines, etc. into a 2 1/2 hour movie and really do everything justice or give everyone equal time to shine. I will see this a few times but I think my heart will always belong to movies focused on one super hero or one SH and his/her supporting friends (Iron Man, the first two Captain America films, Wonder Woman, The Dark Knight) than "hey let's FILL THE SCREEN with super heroes."
Everyone gets their Moments, but really only a few characters get any real meaty story to tell (I won't say who). I don't know any way to avoid that situation short of doing a 4 hour movie or telling it as some sort of Netflix 10-12 episode arc. It's just some of my favorite characters essentially have little to do besides punch and/or shoot and yell a few lines -- I would've said the same thing about Justice League's use of Wonder Woman and Batman.
But maybe I carp. I had a great time. I didn't hate Justice League but had little desire to ever see it again. With Avengers Infinity Wars, I can't wait to see it some more.