Mike Torchic’s review published on Letterboxd:
GODDAMN THIS FILM FUCKING FELT LIKE THREE HOURS LONG FUUUUUCK
EVEN THE FUCKING GODFATHER DIDN'T FEEL ITS LENGTH BUT GODDAMN THIS DID JESUS FUCKING CHRIST.
AND ON TOP OF THAT I JUST FELT.........UUUUUUUUUUUGH
I hate to fucking say this, alright. I've seen every MCU film, its been 10 years, and I have enjoyed the majority of them. This is it, this is the big one, the film that myself and every other MCU fan has been waiting for since 2008. And in the end I just found myself....underwhelmed.
Maybe it's because there was so much going on, maybe it's because my expectations were almost nonexistent following Infinity War, or maybe it's just because I knew it was coming. Like, it hit all of the beats that I expected a big finale to hit, there really was just nothing groundbreaking about this film. If what's groundbreaking about this film is that they bring everyone from previous marvel movies together just for someone to say "Hey I remember them from that movie!", that's a pretty low bar. Just seeing characters doesn't make me jump out of my seat in joy, like, there's gotta be a purpose for them to be there and this film really didn't have any. They just do the whole faceless army shit again and I'm honestly just fucking tired of it.
And I know this whole review is just me seeming like I hated the movie, but I just thought that it was just average. I really liked Trent Opaloch's cinematography, especially during a scene set in Tokyo. If there's one consistently good thing about this film, it's his work behind the camera, helping to bring these sometimes beautiful locations to life.
The actors were also really good here, especially Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Like we all knew that this film was going to be their big sendoff, and they knew it too, so they really acted the shit out of their roles. And obviously this film brings closure to their character arcs, which was really satisfying, but it was just nothing that felt groundbreaking. It just felt obligatory, and it didn't really come from the heart.
The reason the last 20 minutes of Infinity War works is because it came completely out of left field. Nobody really knew that it was going to happen, and were left speechless when it did. Here, I just felt like we knew what was going to happen before we went into the film. We know spider-man is going to come back because he has a movie coming out in 2 months, we know Doctor Strange is going to come back because they're making a second film about him and so on. And if you think these are spoilers, they really aren't because we all know that this is going to happen, it was publicly fucking announced.
Ugh, I just don't know. Yes, the film was a somewhat satisfying conclusion, but it wasn't anything groundbreaking. When talking about superhero films in the future, I don't feel like this one will come up in the conversation, simply because it didn't change the way we view superhero films, it's just another one.
It's just so frustrating to me, just because I really really wanted to like this, not even like, I wanted to fucking love this movie. I've been religiously following these films since I was fucking 8 years old and wanted this to be the movie that defied all of my expectations. I dunno, maybe it's just me, maybe I just lost my love for superhero films because they're so abundant nowadays, I don't know...I just feel frustrated, conflicted, and just sad in general.
I really wanted to love this...maybe now I know what getting older feels like...