Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame

May 7th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | | ActionAdventureFantasy | 26 April 2019 (USA)
 
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.

Directors:

 Anthony RussoJoe Russo

 

Initial Thoughts:

I've been waiting to due to my review as today is the cutoff for spoilers. So you've been warned, I can't talk about this without SPOILERS. 21 movies in the making for Marvel, I went to this Saturday morning by myself just after it came out and I'm glad I did (really glad!).

Main Points:

This is a hard movie to review in a way because there is so much in here. I'll just talk about the highlights (and yes maybe in a couple of flaws). The film picks up just ten days or so after Infinity War. Tony is near death, the whole universe is in ruins and the remaining Avengers (joined by Captain Marvel) are really pissed off.

Thanos is dealt with and the movie really gets going. For the first time, I can recall in a Marvel movie there is a big time jump (that doesn't involve time travel) and we pick up 5 years later. People have picked up the pieces and moved on (well, some of them) but when Ant-man returns from the Quantum Realm, he has an idea that can bring all of the destroyed lives back to the universe.

What follows is (at least for the time being) the greatest comic book movie I've ever seen. Sure it may not have the cultural significance of Black Panther or the laughs of Thor: Ragnarock but it's an incredible ride.

They found a great way to bring you back through lots of great moments in the MCU movies, give you fun new scenes, a TON of fan service, great performances, funny moments, cool new characters (sort of, Professor Hulk has never been shown in a movie) and of course a return of Thanos, all his army and all the heroes (and regular people) we love back from the dead.

There were flaws, at 3 hours I did find the time to drag just once or twice (and not for long, I'd say 15-20 minutes tops). How they ended Steve Rogers story didn't make much sense in the time-travel rules they put forth during the movie. The geeky part of me can't help but wonder why Captain Marvel couldn't defeat Thanos single-handed. I thought her power comes from the Tesserat, which is like one of the inifity stones/connected to one, yet Thanos can still outpower her without them? I've read comics for over 30 years but it's a question I'm still not sure how to answer.

Ultimately, though the scope, action, special effects, story, acting and most strongly the emotional impact of this movie grab onto you and never let go. I can say I haven't had such an emotional response from a movie in years and never from a comic book one. There is one death I REALLY didn't see coming and it hit me hard.

Final Thoughts:

I didn't see this in IMAX and I hope I get to see it again in that format. 3D doesn't do the movie justice. Also while I was there were young kids, I'd say 8 or 9, please don't let your young children see this movie. There is some language, lots of violence and some really sad moments. It's certainly for ages 13+. Oh and there are no end credits scenes, there is, however a banging sound right at the end, I guess just to indicate there will be more movies (which we knew anyway). So I give this one of my highest recommendations. It has the kind of scenes I hope to write someday, the scope of a great movie and enough to heart to give you a strong case of the feels. If you've seen any of the Marvel movies you HAVE to see this, for someone who has been reading comics for over 30 years take it from me, it's like a minor dream come true. My thanks to Marvel, all the actors, writers and everyone else involved in this wonderful film. While it may not have the cultural significance of Black Panther, the emotional impact it had on me gives it a rating I have done very few times, 9 out 10. It's damn near perfect, thanks to Stan Lee, you started it all for Marvel and you'll never be forgotten.