I don’t mean to be negative here, but Avengers: Infinity War’s 8.9 on IMDb is entirely undeserved. Marvel superfan or not, this movie has nothing on films like The Dark Night, La La Land, Pulp Fiction, or Inception, all films which it either outranks based on it’s 8.9 rating or comes close to. I get that there was an insane amount of hype around this film, and it’s awesome to see our favorite Marvel characters come together (The Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Spiderman, Captain America, Black Panther, etc.), but we shouldn’t let our excitement over all of our favorite characters coming together cloud the fact that “Avengers: Infinity War” is an overly long movie that relies on cheap, unbelievable deaths to generate excitement and that isn’t particularly well written or edited. I commend the directors and writers on being able to successfully interweave so many stories, but the movie just felt too long.

It’s fight scene after fight scene, and while the performances are good and the script is pretty funny, the film isn’t really original and its only redeeming factor is that it’s full of characters we all know and love. It’s funny to see Thor poke fun at the Guardians of the Galaxy and to see Iron Man and Spiderman interact with Doctor Strange, but when we look at the film objectively, it’s really just a standard superhero film (with more superheroes than normal) that relies on cheap plot twists to generate excitement and emotion. No matter how much we love Marvel, we all know that there’s no way any of the characters who “died” are actually going to die. The filmmakers expect us to believe that Black Panther (who just made Marvel over one billion dollars), Spiderman, and the Guardians of the Galaxy have all met the end of their respective stories, even when there are publicly announced sequels for all three franchises. I hate to say it, but all the character deaths at the end are just there for shock value, and it’s cheap.

From a technical perspective, the fight scenes are directed well, but that’s about it. The editing isn’t particularly great and the film feels too long at 2 hours and 40 minutes. I feel like half of the time spent hopping from planet to planet could have been cut and the movie would have been about as good if not better.

OVERALL: “Avengers: Infinity War” could have been amazing, but it’s too long and relies on cheap deaths to generate hype. This film is not deserving of it’s 8.9 rating on IMDb. I think that Captain America: Civil War was a *much* better movie.

6.5 out of 10.