After 22 movies over the course of 10 years, Avengers: Endgame brings some finality to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the MCU will go on, this installment in the franchise definitely brings a conclusion to what we have seen so far. Endgame picks up with the Avengers trying to figure out how to rebuild after Thanos’s snap devastated the world in Infinity War. Unable to be content with what is left, they try and figure out a way to change what happened, and bring back all that were lost.
The only way I can put this movie into words is to call it a spectacle. It absolutely blew away any expectations I had for it. It is big, loud and exhausting at times, emotional at times, funny a lot, and always entertaining. This is a 3 hour movie that earns its entire runtime. The setup, to the climax, and all of the Return of the King style endings, are all needed to make this movie what it is. There’s not much that I would cut out of it, and I can’t say that I was ever bored watching it.
One of the things that surprised me most was how strong the performances are in this movie. While Heath Ledger set the bar that will likely never be reached for a performance in a superhero movie, but some in here definitely give it a shot. In particular, the original Avengers, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, and even Jeremy Renner bring so much emotion to their roles. They are the main reasons the emotional beats in this movie work so well. A lot of their characters also manage to have full arcs within this movie, which is hard to pull of with characters we’ve followed for so long.
I also really like the tone of this movie. It starts off really dark, as you would expect when half the universe was just killed. As the movie goes on, it starts to change into a more hopeful tone and the way it is shot and directed matches each direction the tone goes. Surprisingly, even with the overall dark tone, it is actually one of the funniest Marvel movies. It might sound like an odd mix, but somehow it works and is actually necessary to avoid a downright dire and melancholy tone that plagues a lot of the DC movies.
Another thing I noticed was how well the score and soundtrack work together. Similarly to Infinity War, the score and soundtrack change based on which characters we are following at the time, such as some classic rock kicking in when following characters like the Guardians or Thor. The score also matches the tone of the movie really well, and nothing beats that Avengers theme kicking in at the perfect moments.
With all that said, I get that most people aren’t going to this movie or any other superhero movies for those reasons. They are going for some awesome action and superhero fights. While Endgame is not as action packed as Infinity War, there are good fight scenes sprinkled throughout and the climatic battle makes the relative lack of action in the rest of the movie well worth it. It is one of the greatest action scenes ever put on film, with some great character moments mixed in throughout. Without spoiling anything, if you have been following the MCU from the beginning, the battle is everything you have ever wanted from this franchise.
I don’t have a bad thing to say about this movie. I’ve seen it twice now and probably enjoyed it more the second time. There are directions they take certain characters that some people won’t be on board with that didn’t bother me too much, especially the second time when I knew what was coming. This is a fitting conclusion to this phase of the MCU. If you’ve invested time in all these movies you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably stand up and cheer in this one. I’m not sure if there is anyone left that hasn’t seen it based on its unbelievable $350 million opening weekend, but if you haven’t, I highly recommend seeing it on the biggest screen possible with a crowd.
Avengers: Endgame gets the first Golden Donut of the year.
Ratings from low to high: Felony, Misdemeanor, 10-4, Positive ROP, Golden Donut