Paul’s review published on Letterboxd:
Remember when the first Avengers film was up against every odd, with impossible hype preceded by a build up that couldn't hope to meet the expectations it had built for itself, and the miracle that occurred when it ended up being as good as it was? That moment in cinematic history feels like a lot longer than six years ago, and after that moment, it didn't seem possible for this series to recreate that initial surge of excitement, to witness such a seismic shift in the cinematic landscape. And after that moment, most of us had already given up on the idea that these movies would ever establish meaningful stakes, so might as well enjoy the fireworks and get a few laughs along the way. And quite honestly, I'm fine with that. 19 movies in and I have yet to grow tired of this formula. I know one day it will wear on me, but today is not this day.
But after seeing Infinity War, I never imagined any studio executive would have the balls to let the Russo brothers go through with what they pulled by the end of this movie. I'm not sure I'm going to figure out how to process any of this until we get Part 2, next year.
I'm not going to give this movie an actual review. And nobody really cares whether I do or don't because they're going to see it anyways.