Fans Outraged: EW Grades ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ as a Flat B!
Entertainment Weekly ranks Marvel films leading up to ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ and some of their grade calculations seem off the mark.
Marvel – akin to college students hoping to ace an exam – appreciates positive critical feedback, but, at this point, knows that its movies will sell tickets regardless of the narrative strength and complex characterizations at play. However, the Russo Brothers remain committed to delivering on audience expectations, as they have for so long.
To the surprise of many fans, Entertainment Weekly decided that Avengers: Infinity War, the film that broke box-office records and shattered the superhero trope that the good guy always wins in the end, received a Flat B. Not even a B+; just a B. How could that be? Let’s dissect what was said about the movie.
EW Says ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was a movie “for the fans”
Entertainment Weekly compared watching Infinity War to watching the old “We Are the World” video, for just as fans get excited to see Bob Dylan sing alongside Cyndi Lauper, watching Chris Hemsworth act alongside Chris Pratt was just movie magic. So, it’s a movie made for the fans; a movie destined to get followers hyped up to watch their favorite characters share the screen. Is this an innately negative quality?
Entertainment Weekly goes on to explain that the movie suffers because the different personalities often clash on screen. Do they clash, or do the differences contribute to a unique – and often shifting – tone, one that keeps viewers on their feet and unable to predict how and when their emotions will be manipulated? The differing dynamics and shifting moods can be interpreted, on many levels, as positive attributes, not to be dismissed on the grounds of common (and often dated) cinematic standard alone.
According to EW, the publication is basing their reviews off of their own critics’ opinions, which is definitely problematic in terms of reliability. Further, is this an accurate way to judge a movie’s success, to pick whether it deserved an A, B, or a C? Is the general viewing audience, though making up a majority of ticket sales, now a negligible entity?
Why the B rating does not accurately reflect ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
The critics at Entertainment Weekly align with the critics taken into account on Rotten Tomatoes, for Avengers: Infinity War boasts a flat 85% according to critics (which equivalates to a B). However, according to audiences, the film boasts a 91%. If EW wanted to be more inclusive, they would have included the general viewer’s opinion in the grade calculation. Thus, the film would have been boosted into B+ territory.
Taking this one step further, shouldn’t the audience’s opinion be weighted more heavily, as the majority of people in this world are not film critics? These ratings just seem completely narrow, lacking the all-encompassing nature that such a publication should have insisted upon. And, if the general public was accounted for, the movie would have been closer to an A–.
Avengers: Infinity War was action-packed, heartfelt, and delivered a surprising, yet inevitable ending, that left viewers completely shocked. What beats an epic ending that will live down in history as of the most powerful movie endings of all time?
Avengers: Infinity War was also not the only film to receive a rating that many would argue as inaccurate, for Black Panther received an A–. As a matter of fact, not one film received a flat A (not even the one nominated for Best Picture). Now the critics at EW just looks like an unrealistically tough crowd to please!
Why ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will likely fare better
If anyone hates on Avengers: Endgame, they will quickly become the most hated person on the internet. So, unless the movie is a drastic departure from previous MCU films, the critics over at EW will likely give the film the A rating that Black Panther and Civil War both deserved.