First of all, kudos to a commenter on a forum who said this film would have been better had the Avengers first jumped into a spaceship, and Thanos proceeded to pursue them throughout the film at a steady speed waiting for them to run out of fuel…
Anyway. Maybe Lucasfilm will sit up and take notice of what Marvel has done here, fashioning a genuine blockbuster with action and spills and relentless drive – and I do mean relentless. I mean, this thing hardly ever pauses to take any breath, it feels like one action sequence after another, and yes, that does get wearying and while many seem to love it I do feel it weakens the movie as a solitary movie. But of course, even discounting its a part one to a part two, this film is really the culmination of several films and series in the Marvel universe so it’s hardly going to function as a single movie proper.
What is fairly breathtaking is the sleight of hand, the brevity and shorthand of both character arcs and the confident performances. There is a confidence and belief in the audience knowing who these characters are and what their drives and arcs are. We know who they are what they are doing and why and it’s all done so casually, offhand remarks or glances, it’s quite remarkable. Rarely is this film clumsy.
The film is, however, nowhere near as perfect as some reviews seem to infer. Maybe its my age, but I’m getting rather weary of endless effects sequences and so much CGI that the film almost feels like an animated movie. Maybe I would have appreciated more pause, less race to the next stunt/explosion/fight sequence. But I suppose at this point -19 films in- that Marvel have earned this assault on the senses. Maybe I’ just getting old.
Maybe, of course, the relentless action and assault on my poor optic nerves will pay off with a second film that is a little more reflective and which takes stock of the apocalyptic action with some emotional impact. Or maybe not. It will be fun finding out, of course.
As for poor DC. Well, they might as well put up the white flag and reboot everything. The gap in quality between the DC films and the Marvel films is just getting silly now. Game over, I think.