All the worst elements of the overplotted, focus-grouped, self-aware side of Pixar, stuffed into one movie and multiplied by a number so large not even Bing Bong’s bag could hold it.
Look, I don’t feel good about panning this movie. It feels like kicking someone when they’re down. Everyone knows it’s over-the-top and full of slow-motion action shots. Everyone knows Ethan Hunt’s character is completely different in this entry and that it abandons the best spy/thriller aspects of the first. Everyone knows the love interest with Thandie Newton is absurd. And, everyone knows about the doves.
Some can watch this, knowing these things, and have a good time. I relate to…
You know what Avengers: Infinity War is at its heart? It can hardly be classified a movie, as there is not much of a beginning, middle, or end. There is no hero’s journey here with an introduction of characters, conflict, and resolution. Instead, it’s a massive, expensive episode of a television series. More specifically, and bear with me here, it’s a giant episode of Dragon Ball Z. Maybe that’s not a bad thing to you. But that’s what it is.…