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Do I really need an introduction paragraph for this review? This is what we’ve been building to for the past 11 years, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a movie. That includes any Star Wars movie, any Marvel movie, any DC movie, and any other tent-pole franchise installment. I wouldn’t be surprised if we looked back in a decade or so and found Avengers: Infinity War to be the The Empire Strikes Back of this generation, so could Avengers: Endgame to be the Return of the Jedi? I also want to stress that this will be a SPOILER-FREE review. I may write a review filled with spoilers, but this one is completely safe. It will, however, have some spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War, but if you haven’t seen that movie, who are you and what are you doing with your life? Anyways, let’s talk about Avengers: Endgame!
Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. After Thanos was successful in his quest to gather all six Infinity Stones and use them to wipe out half of all life, the Avengers assemble to bring back the victims of the snap.
Well, the Russo brothers have done it. I can’t honestly say that I’m shocked because they’ve made three of my four favorite films in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, now four of my five favorite, but they’ve absolutely pulled off the perfect finale to a franchise that has been chugging along at maximum efficiency for over a decade with an uncountable number of character and relationship arcs. While they’ve made an unbelievable movie, I’m also a little bit upset with them for ruining comic book movies in the future, but I won’t stay mad. They had so many balls in the air, and I think they caught them all as well as they could have. With dozens of protagonists and Marvel’s ultimate villain, they had so many arcs to complete. My biggest praise of Infinity War is that every character gets his or her due. Every character had a chance to show their strengths and steal a moment. Endgame uses its massive runtime to give those moments to the original six Avengers, and those moments found the perfect balance between fan service and storytelling. The moments fit into the narrative so beautifully while never upsetting tone.
I don’t even want to call the moments fan service because the Russos and the cast made them fit so well. They felt so natural, and they’re incredibly emotionally resonant. Granted, this is my twelfth year of MCU fandom, so I’ve had my time to become emotionally invested, but the payoffs were pushing me to tears, and not just sad tears. Endgame elicits a complete range of emotions, and we get those feelings from every single main character. I was also surprised how funny the movie is. After the ending of Infinity War, I was expecting close to complete and total darkness for three hours. I shouldn’t have because this is the MCU that stands on the shoulders of Joss Whedon, but the comedy works so well for a film about main characters sacrificing everything to bring back half of their dead friends and family members.
I also loved the balance, and no, that’s not a Thanos joke. The movie is so well-paced. I do have a favorite act, which I genuinely believe will go on to be one of the biggest acts in cinematic history, but the other two have clearly defined goals, ideas, and plans that never allowed the movie to drop for me. It actually feels like three different films with different arcs, yet one single arc ties it all together making it a much more cohesive movie than I ever could have imagined. It rewards fans for following its universe for over a decade, but it’s also creative with its ways of surprising us and keeping us on our toes. It’s really strange discussing a Marvel movie without discussing a villain, but that’s something I want to leave to your first time seeing the film, hopefully in a big, crowded theater full of fans who scream and clap every time we get a moment we’ve been waiting for or every time we get a moment we only dreamed we’d get.
I don’t have any major issues with the movie. If you’re even remotely caught up with the film’s marketing, you’re probably aware of the way Avengers go about bringing their friends back. I won’t go deeper into it, but it does quickly explain some of the logic behind the plan, which doesn’t give us enough time to assess whether or not it actually makes sense. I attribute it to the way the Russos had to juggle all of the arcs and stories and bring them into one epic, three hour-long film after the tragic events of Infinity War. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t bother me a bit, and it doesn’t even come close to holding back the enjoyability of the film.
Overall, Avengers: Endgame might ruin comic book movies for me. It blurs the lines between fan service and great storytelling and shows that with the right filmmakers, the right actors, and the right history and build up, it’s possible that a single moment can be both. All of the original characters we’ve spent over seven years since the first Avengers developing get their due, and they all help us reach a complete range of emotions. This movie moved me emotionally, mentally, and somehow physically, which puts Avengers: Endgame in rare company. I smiled, frowned, laughed, and even had tears swelling up more than a few times throughout the film. It’s beautifully shot and paced, it’s creative and surprising, and it has the best single action sequence in the MCU’s entirety. It took every trick the Russos had up their sleeve, but they gave us the most coherent movie we could have asked for, and an awesome, memorable one to finish the path we started down in 2008. I’m going to give Avengers: Endgame a 9.5/10.
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