Avenge the fallen.
The fourth Avengers movie, and direct sequel to 2018's Infinity War. This will be the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Infinity War, Civil War, Captain America: Winter Soldier).
The universe is in ruins following the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War. But with the help of their remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order.
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Blockbuster
Rating: 10-12PG D L V
Understatement of the year: Avengers: Endgame has a ton to live up to. The results are both a victory lap and unexpected nostalgia trip for a series of films that have dominated multiplexes over the past decade, all taking place in the shadow of immense failure, pain, and personal loss. And that’s just the immediate aftermath of Infinity War—once Endgame takes the audience to the logical conclusion of Thanos’ actions from the preceding film, all bets are off, with surprising moments popping up frequently (especially given how most of what we’ve seen in trailers takes place inside the epically long film’s first 15 minutes).
By the time the film finds a way to revisit what has made the Marvel Cinematic Universe so much fun to spend time in, the audience has had a chance to catch up with familiar faces who have been fundamentally changed by events, but thankfully not in a suddenly-now-wears-a-moustache/lots-of-emo-eyeliner way. The Avengers haven’t just lost people, though that ways heavily on their hearts. They outright lost. Not “lick your wounds, we’re preparing for the third act of this movie”, but a true defeat, the consequences of which are ever-present.
And yet, even for allowing for the scale of tragedy in both universal and personal terms—reflected in various ways across Earth’s (and the universe’s) surviving heroes—Endgame is still funny as all hell, in trademark Marvel style building upon the characters so solidly established in previous outings. This would all mean nothing without superlative work done by the cast, chiefly those that have been there from the very beginning, who do the best work of their blockbuster careers.
The Russo Brothers (perhaps set to become the least-talked-about directors of an insanely financially successful film ever) take their time with all the above, Endgame’s much-mentioned running time never feeling greedy, but a chance to spend time (the last time?) hanging out with this bunch of super-friends, and patiently setting the scene for a thrilling mission to right the universe’s wrongs.
When it all culminates in a—surprise—epic confrontation, some things may get a little unwieldy, others might not entirely land (misogynist keyboard warriors are surely gonna be out in force about one of these moments in particular), and certain sequences risk feeling overstuffed with characters. It's all pretty forgivable, with the directors swinging for the fences in their ambitious excess. Besides, once the credits roll, the Russos have served up a THIS ENDING to rival THAT ENDING of Infinity War.
To have delivered two massive films where the vast majority of people leave a thrilling communal experience feeling the exact same emotion, more delicately delivered this time perhaps, is a real achievement, one that caps off some of the most satisfying, sombre, and celebratory moments in the MCU. Good luck bettering this (I can't wait).
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A Bookend for the Ages
Hard to believe how emotional the culmination of a fun comic book series could end up being. Still lots of fun though and not overly complicated in exposition thankfully. All the reboots which will follow years down the line will have the toughest of times. Three hours in duration but also glad it takes the time to leave no stone unturned.
It's spectacular 3000
Entertaining, emotional and action-packed; sends off a saga with its strongest chapter, giving audiences what's expected and so much more.
More fan service than anything else, but the best end you could hope for
This is it. Directed by the Russo Brothers, Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 22 films across eleven years. With the expectation of winding up any loose ends from any remaining storylines, as well as trying to provide meaningful roles for every character, this was always going to need to be a carefully orchestrated film. They do it so well; even with all of the constant hype and fan theories bounding around, they manage to throw in more than a few absolute surprises.
I hate when a trailer gives away the entire plot of a film, and Marvel's marketing department did a brilliant job, only using scenes from the first 20 or so minutes of the film to promote it. While for many films that would still be a large portion of the content, Endgame is just over three hours long, so there is so much that has been successfully been kept under wraps.
Despite the marathon runtime, Endgame is surprisingly well paced. The first act is a bit slower, but considering how Infinity War ended, it's really necessary if you want the films to be consistent. The slower patch isn't a bore though as it brings in so much character development, and then boosts the comparative energy of the following acts.
Consistency is something that we have come to expect from Marvel's Cinematic Universe, and I'm pleased to say that the Russo Brothers provide the payoffs that we were expecting and so many more that we weren't. If you have been rewatching the previous 21 MCU films, you will have an even greater appreciation for the amount of fan service that has been cohesively added into the script. I would say that there are so many easter eggs and references in this film, but what becomes abundantly clear, is that this is not referencing other films. The entire MCU is a single cinematic piece, and each little nod is actually further character development.
While Infinity War was more action-oriented, Endgame focuses more on the emotional impacts and using the traumatic loss to really bring the humanity back to these heroes. We are constantly reminded that our heroes are fallible, and knowing that this is the big finale of the story arc, it means that any character could find their head on the chopping block. No one is safe, and that sense of hopelessness really feeds into the tension and suspense.
It all feeds into the third act, and what an act. The scale of the visual effects and the extent of the choreography is indescribable. Practically every present character is given an opportunity to shine, and the female representation is definitely up a notch with both sexes kicking ass. With so many characters and story arcs, mingling together, the film does struggle to maintain its footing in the final act, and the breadth and scale of the scenes lead to many impactful scenes getting skipped over very quickly.
As far as specific characters go, Hawkeye finally gets his dues. It may have taken four appearances to get here, but his arc has such emotional strength to it, and it hooks you right in. Captain Marvel is also a much better-balanced hero in Endgame. While her OP status doesn't get nerfed, we finally get to see limitations. Iron Man and Captain America have some incredibly emotionally provocative story arcs, but I won't go into it as I wish to avoid spoilers.
A great companion-piece to Infinity War, Endgame is much more focused on the Avengers side of things, with an almost grounded first half that harks back to the earlier MCU films. The dark tone is balanced with regular bouts of comedy (Chris Hemsworth manages to find yet another dimension to Thor's character), and it holds your attention throughout. There's no time for a toilet break, and you'll find yourself shushing any whisperers or talkers in the cinema as you scramble to take in every line of dialogue. The scope of the film is huge, emotions run high (there is a high probability people will be chopping onions in the theatre, so bring some tissues), and the payoff is incredibly satisfying.
A perfect end of an era
This movie truly is an experience. It made me feel so many emotions and feelings; happiness, shock, sadness, and most importantly, satisfaction. I wish I could unsee Endgame just to experience it again, yet here I am still processing through what I just witnessed.
The pacing of Endgame is different if compared to Infinity War. The beginning is much slower as it dives into all the characters left behind and provides more information on how they have been dealing with everything that has happened and their desperation to fix it. It's less about being about a superhero movie, but more on character arcs and redemption.
The movie picks up after the 1st act and honestly is such a joy to watch.
This film truly is for the fans and not only does it follow through after the events of Infinity War, but it shows familiar faces and references of all the MCU films, allowing for a new sense of appreciation on what we have already seen in the past.
There are countless beautiful moments in this film and the 3rd act is just purely EPIC. It is more than what I could have ever asked for. Character arcs were ended and fulfilled in different and memorable ways.
Definitely needs to be watched more than once.
There are a few loopholes, but they are minor and does not overshadow the most amazing movie experience I have ever had.
This film makes me proud of being a loyal MCU fan. I'm just curious as to how they can potentially beat this.
No amount of movie breakdowns and predictions prepared me for this.
RIP Stan Lee. He would've been very proud.
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