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Avengers: Endgame Review

9
Brilliant

Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin

What can I say about Avengers: Endgame that hasn’t already been said? That’s a tough one because it’s easily the most talked about movie of the year, and it could end up being the most talked about movie of the decade.

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of over a decade of movies which all started with Iron Man back in 2009, and it’s grown into the colossus that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is today.

The MCU is unrivalled as far as modern movie franchises are concerned, despite Warner Bros. giving it a good go with their DC Comics cinematic universe.

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Avengers! Assemble.

Steve Rogers

However, back to Endgame, this is the movie that Marvel fans have been waiting for quite some time, and I’m happy to report that it doesn’t disappoint. It could be argued that Endgame is the cinematic event of the decade, although J.J. Abrams and Star Wars: The Force Awakens might have something to say about that.

What Anthony and Joe Russo have done with this film, which is a part two to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, is frankly unprecedented. The very first question you have to ask yourself before going into Endgame is how exactly they are going to handle the events of the previous film, which came as a serious gut-punch to many fans out there.

The answer is, as well as they possibly could have done. I won’t go into details here for fear of spoilers. Suffice to say that it should please most, if not all the fans of the franchise.

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Do you trust me?

Tony Stark

Then, the second, and perhaps most pressing question should be: how can they possibly fit all those big superhero characters into one movie without it feeling bloated or forced.

They managed to do this with great effect in Infinity War, yet I would argue that it’s even more satisfying in this film to see so many Marvel superheroes – including Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel – in one movie.

Before Infinity War, people were suggesting that Marvel had a bit of a villain problem, yet then came Josh Brolin’s Thanos to silence those naysayers. He’s back again in this film and just as effective and as menacing as ever.

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You could not live with your own failure, and where did that bring you? Back to me.

Thanos

However, the real standout of this film, without giving too much away, is I would argue Karen Gillan’s Nebula, who puts in one of the most nuanced, funny and, of course, tortured performances yet. It was a real joy to see characters like her’s and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye get more to do and they show that really will shine if you give them more to do.

I couldn’t write this review without mentioning how good the mainstays of the MCU are. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo are all brilliant and there are a few surprises along the way.

What this film really demonstrates is how far Hollywood blockbusters have come in the last ten years. Endgame isn’t only a good blockbuster, but it’s a good film in its own right. It’s well-made, well-written, full of pathos and genuine emotion. I will warn you that you will shed a few tears in this movie. If not, then you’re probably not human, or you’re just probably not as invested in the MCU characters as most people are.

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It is America’s ass.

Steve Rogers

However, on that point, what this film also does is bring in the uninitiated to the world of Marvel movies. People can watch this film without knowing much about the MCU and still enjoy it. That said, I would recommend people watch at least Infinity War before watching this film, because it is a two-part movie in many respects.

The Russo brother, along with the help of their incredible cast, crew, writers, producers, and Kevin Feige, have reinvented the blockbuster. We’re now in a post-Endgame era when moviegoers will expect more films like this, and Hollywood will have to rethink how they approach their tentpole films.

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Hollywood. Endgame has happened and there’s no going back. It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel Studios reacts to their own film. The next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Spider-Man: Far From Home, which to many might seem like a bit of a comedown after Endgame, but it’s perhaps exactly what filmgoers need. A sort of pallet cleanser after the onslaught which was Endgame.

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Even if there’s a small chance that we can undo this, I mean, we owe it to everyone who is not in this room, to try.

Natasha Romanoff

That said, I wouldn’t go as far as claiming that Avengers: Endgame is a perfect film. I still have some issues with these Marvel movies, as much as I love them. Pacing is often an issue, and I do find it a bit jarring to hear a quip right after a moment of genuine emotion. It sometimes comes off as a bit insensitive.

That said, I truly believe that there was no better way to mark the end of what had been an incredible decade of Marvel movies (barring the odd misstep – Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 2…). Now, let’s see what they can do for the next ten years.

With the likes of Captain Marvel and Spider-Man, it does look like the MCU is in very capable hands.

Avengers: Endgame is showing in cinemas EVERYWHERE!




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