Avengers: Endgame is the end… a culmination of 22 movies and 11 years concludes in a fashion that has never been seen before in cinematic history. Robert Downey Jr. will go down as the defining actor in his era, and down in history as one of the greats, along with Chris Evans and the rest of the original Avengers cast.
After surviving the snap, the remaining Avengers, consisting of the original cast, as well as others such as Rocket, War Machine, Nebula, Okoye, Antman and Captain Marvel, look to regain the infinity stones in order to reverse the decimation. There’s not really too much more to talk about without spoiling it. With that being said, this is going to be a spoiler-free review, but there will be a spoiler discussion once the movie has been out for a while.
Part of the journey is the end.Tony Stark
Without being too vague, I want to conclude by saying that this movie is a generational movie, one that transcends above others not only within the same genre but across the entirety of cinema. The Russo brothers have achieved something spectacular by creating a dual-movie conclusion that suits the grand scale of the MCU as a whole. The finale and round-off of the Avengers trilogy hits every note it attempts to hit, having multiple layers that work superbly.
Unlike other instalments, Avengers: Endgame truly is a conclusion, an ending as to say. It may sound dumb… of course, there would be an ending in a movie, but throughout the MCU, endings were never really endings. All those ‘endings’ were build up to this movie, the final instalment for the infinity saga. With that being said, Avengers: Endgame isn’t truly a single movie.
What Endgame is, is the final act of a 22 act movie, each building up to this. For those who’ve been with the MCU from the beginning, and have watched all the movies of the expanding MCU universe, this movie is perfection. It truly is… it’s difficult to review it without spoiling it, but there’s a specific moment during the final act, an action sequence, that is a huge pay off for multiple characters, and what they’ve meant for the entirety of the MCU.
Even if you’re someone who’s not seen all the movies, but instead a few, leading up to Endgame, there’s still a level of enjoyment that can be experienced. You don’t necessarily have to be a full on Marvel fan to just know what this movie is, what it stands for and what it’s been able to accomplish. Movies are there to be enjoyed, and… honestly, Avengers: Endgame, with all that’s been leading up to this, is the best cinematic movie ever made.
This doesn’t have anything to do with movies that are considered theatrical or ‘art’, but just from an enjoyment perspective, there may never truly be another movie like this one.
Avengers: Endgame hits all the notes it needed to, having humour, action, jaw-dropping sequences, and above all, emotion and heart. The humour throughout the movie, although unconventional and left field, does work. I don’t want to spoil anything for people who haven’t seen it, but there’s a new direction that the directors take with a character, which is absolutely hilarious. It’s only during another moment that, that specific character doesn’t work. However, that’s just a nitpick, and isn’t something that ruins the movie.
Thanos may have been the main character throughout Infinity War; however, this time round, the full focus of this movie is the Avengers, as they go about their mission to retrieve the infinity stones and reverse the snap. And despite being 3 hours long, there isn’t really a moment that is out of place or boring. Each scene is either incredible action or character building moments, all of which have a purpose that concludes in the third and final act.
Just like Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame is filled with humour. You might think that humour in a movie like Avengers: Endgame, especially considering the ending of Infinity War, wouldn’t work or suit the tone, but you’d be completely wrong. The writers of the movie are able to integrate jokes and comedy almost perfectly, with only a couple of jokes not working as well as others. What differentiates Infinity War and Endgame is the amount of comedy apparent, with Infinity War consisting of a lot more. That, however, suits the tone and themes of the movie. Infinity War was the first encounter between all the heroes of the MCU and excitement filled the atmosphere, laying the foundations for a lot of jokes. The tone of Endgame, however, shifts, which limits and dials back the comedy to suit the movie itself.
Endgame, like Infinity War, consists of a third act filled predominantly with action. I don’t want to go too in-depth, as anything said about it will likely be spoilers – also, the trailers have literally no correlation with the movie – but the final act truly is a culmination of everything within the MCU. There are many moments that’ll cause you to jump out of your chair from enjoyment, while other moments will make you reflect what life truly is about, and endure emotions about characters that weren’t even part of cinema 11 years ago.
All in all, Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 11 years and 22 films, doesn’t disappoint and delivers on the hype.
It can be said without a shadow of a doubt, that there aren’t really any negatives when it comes to this movie. Although a couple of jokes don’t land as well, the movie is nearly perfect. What’s crazy to think is that some critics are calling Endgame a movie that doesn’t deliver on anything but fan service.
However, I don’t think that what Avengers: Endgame stands for is truly understood. This movie isn’t a stand-alone, it’s created on the basis of the 21 movies that came before it. You may not have watched all the previous instalments, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t an enjoyable and downright great movie. I don’t want to criticise other reviews, but appreciating what this movie has accomplished, and how it’s concluded the 21 movie infinity saga, will go down in cinematic history.
Avengers: Endgame is the definitive blockbuster for the year, and perhaps even for the past decade. There isn’t anything else that truly challenges this movie. Even if you’re not a comic book fan, or you haven’t seen all the previous MCU movies, as long as you’ve seen Infinity War, which I’m guessing you have, this movie just works. However, for those who’ve watched and kept up to track with all the MCU movies before this one, Avengers: Endgame delivers and delivers so well. Avengers: Endgame receives 9/10.
Is It Worth Watching: Yes/No (Watching this movie on the big screen is completely worth the price of entry)