Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Writer/s: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (written by), Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by), Jim Starlin (comic book)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, and more.
11 years, 22 movies, and a whole lot of memories, good and bad. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is ending a chapter with its biggest film yet, “Avengers: Endgame”. All roads have led to here and more specifically the events of “Avengers: Infinity War”. We were left on an ultra solemn note, seeing a lot of our beloved heroes die and/or fade to dust. (If that was a spoiler for Infinity War, I really do not care. Why are you even reading this if you have not watched Infinity War? Whatever, anyway.) We now get closure on what comes next as it is officially time to watch and review “Avengers: Endgame”!
“After the devastating event of “Avengers: Infinity War (2018)”, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.”
Unbelievable. I expected nothing but greatness from “Avengers: Endgame” and my expectations were still blown out of the water. First off, this film is three hours long. I saw it twice in one day and both times, it did not feel like three hours. I even spoke to my friend and reflected on how I felt there could have been 15 minutes or more additional scenes at the end. The three hour long epic is entertaining through and through yet does not sacrifice quality in the least bit. I firmly believe that you get the best of all worlds by way of entertainment, quality, and engaging characters for all to love. The story building kept me in it. The action (whether viewed as too little or too much) was impressive and incredible to watch. All characters, despite screen time, have fantastic moments within the film. Every bit of “Avengers: Endgame” is investing and I stand by it. It lives up to every expectation.
Typically this is the point where I expand on other aspects of the film like one actor did better than the other or something/someone was a standout performance, etc. I can not expand on those ideas for “Avengers: Endgame” not because this does not exist but because this film is wholly exceptional all around. Every character carries their weight, once again, despite minimal or maximal screen time. While I can sit here and type a favorite character/s of mine, I could also debate any other character and their impact to this story. This also applies to Thanos’ importance and effectiveness to the film, overall film genre elements like drama, comedy, and action, and lastly the resounding production quality from top to bottom. Scenes were beautiful, shots were done well, music and score were perfect, writing was solid, I could go on and on. There was hardly anything that I can say badly about the film besides my own small personal gripes.
I can not notch this film at a ten out of ten. While my reasons are minuscule, they are similar reasons to my Infinity War review. Although I said every character has such prominent and notable moments, this is still such a large film where the people I would like to have more screen time simply do not get it. That is one aspect affecting my rating.
Another is that I could do without one segment of the film. Clearly, this is spoiler-ish to the story so I will not write about it here, but just one small segment felt a little less important than everything feeling perfect within the story.
11 years of film history wrapped up with this incredible film. “Avengers: Endgame”, once again, exceeded my already high expectations. As a film fan, I have fallen in love. As a Marvel fan, I am happy, heart-broken, excited, angry, aloof, and so much more with what I have absorbed with the film. It is a film for the ages and one you simply must not miss. Of course, if you have not followed the universe, mayyyybe you might not have an interest. Nonetheless, there is plenty of entertainment to be had with Endgame. As an era ends, something new begins and I am 100% on board with it.
Thank You, Avengers.