‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theatrical Review
NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN SYNOPSIS PARAGRAPH
Before heading to see Avengers: Endgame tonight, I thought about how we got to this point.
It brought me back to the first time I saw Avengers in the theater. My roommate and I at the time had decided to do the whole Marvel marathon that day, which now, compared to the marathon before this film might as well be a 5k. I remember how stoked we were, not just to see the movies leading up to the big finale of phase one, but we could feel something special was about to take in cinematic history.
Star Wars has always been my first love, and I would give anything to go back in time to 1977, to be a part of something you knew was going to be special. We sat for 24 hours because we felt something great was about to take place and around 2 AM when Avengers ended, we knew we had had our 1977 moment. It was then at the very end, after the credits had rolled, we had no idea where we would be taken after seeing the face of Thanos, and finally we are here 7 years later. We are at the end a ride that has created so many emotions. Even having that long to prepare, it’s hard to want to see such a fantastic experience end. It is a real accomplishment to Kevin Feige and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in being able to produce so many films to this point, that have been able to balance individual character arcs while playing a part towards the final battle for the universe.
With Avengers: Infinity War, we were left wondering what’s going to happen next? Even after watching it multiple times, it was hard to believe this was only half the story, and like many we waited with anticipation to see if the Russo brothers would provide a worthy payoff for us true believers.
Avengers: Endgame doesn’t just satisfy the casual audience; it blows away whatever expectations one might have had after last year. For those of us, the “True Believers” that have followed these characters in comics before the first Iron Man film in 2008, Endgame is not just an epic conclusion, but also a celebration, not just of the 21 movies created already, but Marvel as a whole and those that live and breath it. It is the love of all those characters that have touched our emotions, the ones that the Russo’s use here to power their story that sends us up and down a roller coaster throughout 3 hours; never stopping, but will make you want more by the end.
Every film for the past 10 years has introduced us to a different character that we not only followed, but also became attached to emotionally. The Russo brothers have been masters in character driven stories and that’s what serves as Endgame success. The film opens with a scene of loss for one of the characters that not only makes your heart sink, but reminds throughout the whole movie what our heroes are fighting for.
Keeping this brief because of spoilers, the film picks up 23 days after Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his finger and wiped out half of all sentient life in the universe. The surviving heroes consisting of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) have not given up trying to set things right. With the help of the returned Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), they are able to locate Thanos and rush to face him to make things right. However, they are unable to undo the damage and are left to accept this world with the friends and family they have lost. Then fast-forward five years later with the return of a hero who comes with plan using The Quantum Realm for a “time heist” as one last chance to set things right.
Every character deals with grief, doubt and uncertainty of the events in different ways that make for great performances by the actors. Some characters are still trying to find a way to save the Earth while others have moved on. Everyone gets their time to shine but there were a few that stood out. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is known for his quick witty remarks that make him come off as rude, but here he feels more human than ever, and he shows a range with this character we have not seen before. He has never been nominated for this role, but this performance is at least worth some consideration as Tony Stark finally comes full circle.
Karen Gillan is not only the most important character of the film as Nebula, but she steals every scene and has some of the most emotionally charged scenes. Chris Hemsworth reminds us how fun it must be to play these characters, and you can tell he was enjoying every part of finishing his run as Thor. In Josh Brolin, with have the antagonist who’s plan is not a lust for power or the destruction of the universe, but it is almost spiritual in what he believes. This powerful titan of Thanos is not created by his size, but with Brolin’s facial expressions and eyes that make him one of the best villains in film history.
Even in moments of darkness and distress, there is the comedic banter between characters that have made these films enjoyable and heartfelt. It is these moments that not only remind you why we love these characters, but why you believe there has to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Avengers: Endgame asks the question, “What does it mean to be a hero? Can you get up again, and finish the fight? And what does honor look like?” It also answers those questions in a way fans of any superhero, new or old, will be satisfied with. This a three-hour adventure that never feels that long, with scenes from the past, and an ending that sets up new possibilities for the upcoming phase of the MCU.
The conclusion to the Infinity Saga is a three-hour masterpiece called Avengers: Endgame. The film celebrates everything that has been built up to this point, and although it provides much fan service, it genuinely tugs at our emotions that make us cheer and cry.
The best movies are the ones that provide the cinema endorphins we want when seeing a movie on the big screen. Avengers: Endgame does that, and everyone at marvel Studios should be proud of what they have accomplished.
These films are something that will be an inspiration to generations of storytellers for years to come.
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