The Endgame has arrived.
Alright folks, here’s your spoiler-free premise. Thanos has snapped away half of all life in the universe in Infinity War (I’d say spoiler alert, but come on, you know you’ve seen that movie). The Avengers are understandably very ticked off. So they go off to either save the universe and/or kill Thanos. Hence, Endgame.
Now, let me issue a warning: if you cry at movies, you will cry at this movie. If you don’t cry at movies, you will still probably cry at this movie. It’s not sad, it’s just beautiful in a sad kind of way that only exists when you’ve been following a franchise of movies for 11 years straight. The entire movie is a beautiful, heartfelt love letter to the MCU, and it rewards the fans and their unceasing dedication with a wonderful final chapter to the Infinity War Saga. It rewards comic nerds and movie fanatics- like me!- with easter eggs and small little nods to the MCU as a whole. Oh, and when I say the MCU, I mean the entire MCU. Every movie gets a little moment, even the ones you might not have liked. Every side character in those movies gets a little moment, but it doesn’t feel overcrowded. It just makes sense. It’s the end to this 11 year saga, so of course everyone’s going to be there.
This movie also does a good job with balancing tone. It’s funny when it can be, but serious when it needs to be. In my eyes, that’s something some of the recent MCU movies- not all, so please put down your pitchforks- have struggled with. Not in this film. That may be because the movie had an authentic, believable comic relief character who could deliver comedy without it feeling misplaced or out of character (hey look, it’s Scott Lang!). There was also some physical comedy in the movie that I thought was great, not pulling away from the desperation the characters felt and yet still giving us some relief from everything else going on.
My nitpicks have mainly to do with some creative decisions, especially towards the end of the movie. There are a couple characters I felt were wasted a little on jokes that lasted too long or something along those lines (Thor, honey, I’m looking at you). It’s not exactly bad the first time, but you get the sinking feeling that on rewatch, you’re just going to groan when it comes up.
I will warn you also that the beginning of this movie is a little jumpy, as everyone has to get from where they left off in Infinity War to where they have to be for the main plot of Endgame. However, it’s very clear when this jumpiness ends and from there on out, it’s a smooth ride.
Also… look, some of you might be able to guess what this is, but due to the superhero nature of this film and their chosen plot path, the plot is extremely convoluted. It’s a superhero movie with talking raccoon and robot ladies, so that might have been a given, but it’s convolution that you can deal with. If you try to think about it too much and explain it, you’re just going to get mad about it. It’s a superhero movie, and the how is not what you should be paying attention to: it’s the who.
Let’s talk characters. Many people say that Infinity War was Thanos’s movie, but with that said, Avengers: Endgame is an Avengers movie. Thanos takes a bit of a back-seat in this- which can be argued as good or bad- but you get into the heads of these Avengers. They’re broken and bruised in the aftermath of Thanos’s actions, and you feel their pain right along with them. It’s honestly amazing how vividly Marvel can bring their characters to life, and that really pays off in this film.
Also, this movie does a great job of spending time with the exact people it needs to spend time on. For myself personally, Infinity War struggled with that, probably because it had twice as many people to deal with (Too soon? Nah.) However, in this one, that issue is gone. No longer are you wondering why Steve Rogers only has like 6 minutes of screentime and Vision and Star-Lord have like 10 (apologies to the Vision and Star-Lord fans out there. I mean, this is Captain America we’re talking about).
The biggest three I want to highlight are Black Widow, Captain America, and Iron Man. Wow… just wow. I have never been more impressed with these actors and actress and their performances. I can’t say much more without spoilers, but just keep your eyes out for them when watching. Not that you wouldn’t notice them if I hadn’t told you. In this movie, they shine.
Now, I think this is all I can say without spoiling everything for you. Please go see this movie. Buy your popcorn, bring your tissues, and hug your squeezable Baby Groot teddies, because you’ll need them. Is it the best Avengers movie so far? Depends on how nostalgic you are for that 2012 goodness. Nonetheless, it’s a solid movie with some flaws, but none that get in the way of it being a fantastic movie to watch over and over again.
Movie Rating: 8.5/10
-At the time of this posting, Dallas is on his way to see this movie. As such, the opinions contained here do not necessarily reflect his, only those of the guest author.