‘Avengers: Endgame’ Review: The Cinematic Event of Our Lifetime
DISCLAIMER: This review is spoiler-free. However, for maximum surprise and enjoyment, it is suggested not to read anything regarding any information about Avengers: Endgame.
In 2008, Marvel Studios was unaware that they were about to change the game with the release of Iron Man, a movie that was uncertain of its ability to succeed. 11 years later, we’re at the peak of the super hero genre, with Marvel leading the industry and kicking dirt to their competition. Marvels success in the industry has ultimately gotten fans of the comics and the average movie goer hooked on their cinematic universe. Everyone has seen at least one Marvel movie, it’s impossible not to come across them when an average of three are released every year, and it’s common knowledge to know each one connects to the other. Even if you’re late to the game (or should I say endgame), there’s still room for you to pick up where a character left off and follow their arch to the next movie and with that comes a good understanding of what Marvel movies can bring to the table.
However, Avengers: Endgame is not like any other Marvel movie to date. The studio has been taking different routes with the tone and style of their recent films, notably Thor: Ragnorak with its funnier sense of humor and Avengers: Infinity War’s dark theme of loss. But even then, it’s no where similar to Infinity War, which is the predecessor to this film. Endgame feels like the cherry on top to the entirety of the 21 previous marvel films. A culminated celebration of the entire Infinity Saga set apart stylistically from the previous movies but bound together by them as well.
Avengers: Endgame picks up where we left off in Avengers: Infinity War with Tony Stark and Nebula attempting to find their way back to Earth while trying to survive with what little they have. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers are dealing with the aftermath of the Decimation, the dusting of 50% of all living creatures conducted by Thanos, plotting on the next move to potentially reverse the effects. Some would find that description to be an interesting movie just by itself, but that’s just the first 15 minutes.
With a runtime of 3 hours and 2 minutes, Endgame is packed to the brink with character development, returning story arcs, emotion, excitement, humor, and heart. We pick up with the Avengers mourning and still emotional traumatized from the last movie, and this factor allows for an amazing portrayal of our heroes as regular people trying to move on and ultimately being unable to do so. The ambition to revert the changes that Thanos brought to the universe also give us an interesting element to see unfold among each character. Some have moved on and are afraid of losing everything they’ve rebuilt. These characters moment drive the first act, and with less action than previous films, there’s a perfect equal balance of CGI battles and emotional, heartfelt character development.
However, even as a fan, I was left thinking about the logic behind certain aspects of the movie, especially with the main plot point which, if you think about it really hard, can be confusing at times. It’s not the story itself, frankly I thought the most entertaining part was this certain point in the film due to the nostalgic feels and the revisiting of story arcs with new added elements, but it does change how the MCU was and will be in ways that are questionable.
It’s in this second act of the film where we see outstanding character development for Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Thor, adding new details to their story arc that pay off in the best way. We also see the transformation of an existing character that is outright hilarious. Many might see it as odd, however it adds to the complexity of the character in a really interesting way.
There are certain sections to this film, especially towards the end, where a simple description doesn’t do it justice. There are moments that are made for fans, and they are absolutely indescribable. It felt like Marvels way of rewarding the viewer for watching these movies over years, and to say the reward brings enormous satisfaction is an understatement.
But even though the idea of a big CGI fight scene with a ton of references and Easter eggs from every marvel film sounds like everything a fan would ever want, it might be worrisome to think that the general movie goer might not enjoy this film to its full potential. You absolutely need to be a fan or have at least seen a few movies and understand the general idea of the MCU to get the most out of Endgame. This movie is made for the fans, but it ultimately doesn’t and shouldn’t hurt the experience the movie has to offer. Every recent Marvel movie has made or almost made a billion dollars in the box office, so it should be ideal for the studio to willingly separate the audience to just fans, especially since this is an ending and a cinematic celebration of an entire saga and not just another yearly Marvel movie. Endgame should be treated similarly to a series finale to a television show because that’s exactly what it feels like.
That being said, do not see Endgame if you’re an average viewer. You’d most likely enjoy the third act for its cinematic beauty, but the films entire experience can only be enjoyed with the knowledge of at least a few (or preferably all) previous Marvel films.
Absolutely DO see Endgame if you have a pretty good understanding of the MCU already. This movie is a celebration made for the followers of the MCU, so it will make you laugh, cry, and shake in awe, while leaving you wanting to experience it all over again. Overall, Avengers: Endgame is an indescribable experience, but to put it simple terms, it’s fantastic in every way.