Film review: Avengers Endgame
After the events of Avengers: Infinity War, the remaining avengers assemble to undo the actions of Thanos and restore balance to the universe.
WOW. Just wow. Avengers: Endgame not only perfectly wraps up the initial run of the Avengers series, but also the entire first act of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with a film that is equal parts epic and emotional.
Simply put, Avengers: Endgame is amazing. Seldom is there this much hype around a film, and even rarer that the film can live up to the hype, but Avengers: Endgame pulls it off and expertly ties together 11 years and 22 movies in a three-hour action epic.
It’s no wonder that the MCU has become the highest-grossing franchise in history and Avengers: Endgame is the perfect send off to some of Marvel’s most beloved characters.
The film picks up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and sees Earth’s mightiest heroes dealing with the fallout of the infamous snap which wiped out half of all living creatures in the universe.
Those left standing are picking up the pieces of a shattered Earth and formulating a plan to bring back those who were lost, even if it means sacrificing everything.
In order to do this, the remaining Avengers led by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant Man (Paul Rudd), War Machine (Don Chedle), Nebula (Karen Gillian) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) go back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones and stop Thanos.
The introduction of time travel opens a few plot holes but you won’t have time to think about that as, for the most part, the movie operates at a break-neck pace despite its three-hour run time. (If you need to go to the bathroom throughout the film I would advise going in the first half as it’s slower paced).
Once the gang gets back together, there is fan-service galore with each character getting their own moment to shine and revisit some stellar moments from previous films. Iron Man and Captain America are given the best story arcs but, as the founding members of the original Avengers, it’s fitting.
Chris Hemsworth’s performance as Thor is also a standout, having transformed a rather one-dimensional character into a comedic powerhouse. If you thought Thor’s entrance in Wakanda from Avengers: Infinity War was a standout, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Then there’s the part we have all been waiting for - the action. The fight that finishes the film is one for the ages. Not since The Lord of the Rings trilogy has there been a battle of this magnitude. Its worth the price of admission alone.
If there was any gripe with the final fight scene, it would be one misplaced nod to the girl power of the MCU that came across as cheesy rather than power affirming.
Overall, Avengers: Endgame packs one hell of a one-two punch with both action and emotion. The film is a must watch for any fan of the comic book genre and a more than satisfying conclusion to the first decade of the MCU.
Final rating: 4.5/5
Anthony and Joe Russo.
Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson.
If you like this, try:
The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and any other Marvel movie.